Tyrese Gibson tries to pump up the Staples Center crowd before Game 5 of the Western Conference finals by changing a line in The Star-Spangled Banner to, "our Lakers were still there." Alas, love of country trumps love of team—the fans boo lustily.
This is an article from the June 8, 2009 issue
During an overly funkified anthem before a Bernard Hopkins--Jermain Taylor fight, R. Kelly adds the lyric, "Clap your hands, y'all!" The request is roundly ignored by the unamused spectators.
Before a U.S.--Canada exhibition hockey game in Quebec City, nurse-singer Caroline Marcil forgets the words to The Star-Spangled Banner. Twice. Then things get bad: She leaves to get the lyrics and, upon returning, falls on the ice. At that point she calls it a day and the game starts.
During turbulent times, the Motown crowd doesn't dig José Feliciano's bluesy rendition at Tiger Stadium before Game 5 of the World Series. While Feliciano's version made the Billboard charts, the singer later blamed his extended commercial drought and lack of radio play on what some perceived as a disrespectful interpretation.