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Video: A new entry for the national anthem blooper reels

Mar 7, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

Buffalo’s proximity to Canada is a big reason why the Sabres have experienced a nice little renaissance at the box office. That large population of fans from just a stone’s throw north of the border explains why both anthems were sung during a Carolina Hurricanes-Buffalo Sabres game, but it came back to haunt the Sabres’ anthem singer tonight.

As you can see from this video, “O Canada” produced an “uh oh” moment:

(Gotta love the shot of Eric Staal giggling.)

There have been far more egregious lyrical mistakes and a treasure trove of off-key disasters, though, as you can see from this fantastic compilation:

As someone with zero vocal ability, my only bit of advice? When in doubt, hum your way through a few of the tougher lines …

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner.)

  1. taytay099 - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Could have gone very poorly, but she just kept singing which saved her. That second video you posted made me grimace and cringe so hard. Tough video to enjoy when you feel so bad for most of those singers.

  2. hockinj25 - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    I’m American and wouldn’t have even noticed anything was wrong.

  3. abrienza428 - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Do they always sing the Canadian anthem at Sabres games? Just curious.

  4. nobandwagoners - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Cudos to Buffalo for giving a nod to the Canadian fans and singing both anthems even though no Canadian team was playing. A nice gesture.

    Sure, the anthem was a little botched but being the good-natured Canadians that some of us are, we’ll give an “aw, whatever” shrug and smile and acknowledge the gesture by Buffalo management. (You can bet that the anthem singer won’t make that mistake again!)

  5. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    The Sabres have sung both anthems before home games since they joined the NHL in 1970. That was not the regular singer at the game last night. The reason we get so many Canadians to our games is they can’t get Leaf tickets, we are a better team, and we make a huge markup when we sell our tickets to them.

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