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In Chicago, national anthem tops the charts
The Boston Globe ^ | June 23, 2013 | Kevin Paul Dupont

Posted on 06/23/2013 3:12:59 PM PDT by 1rudeboy

CHICAGO — Backed by some 20,000 harmonists in Blackhawks sweaters, most of them presumably red-blooded Americans, Jim Cornelison tore through “The Star-Spangled Banner” one more time Saturday night at the United Center before the Bruins and Blackhawks met in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Cornelison is more than a voice. He is a presence. He is the Statue of Liberty come to life, a gift not from France, but from Vienna, Va., his birthplace, a town fittingly within a rocket’s red glare of our nation’s capital. Lady Liberty’s torch ain’t got nothin’ on Big Jim’s pipes.

If you’ve never witnessed the Cornelison version of the national anthem, or if you’re simply in need of a patriotic pick-me-up, take a minute or two and watch it on YouTube. It will give you the sense of it, although, much like hockey itself, there is nothing like seeing it in person, in the moment, with the thunderous stampede of words storming out of Cornelison, and his group harmonists in the stands cheering and saluting and otherwise carrying on as if the song itself just liberated this great city from German occupation.

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What an ode to Old Glory. The fans, already crazy from the first note, go totally bonkers. If that’s what opera is about, get me a front-row seat (aisle, of course) at “La Boheme.”

All in all, it’s a spine-tingling, goosebump-making, chocolate-thunder-flying, Seabrook-crying performance that can’t be beat. True hockey fans know it’s a disgrace not be seated for the opening faceoff. Here at the United Center, when the Blackhawks are ready to play, it borders on crimes against the state not to be standing at your assigned seat in time for the anthem.

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1 posted on 06/23/2013 3:12:59 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Borges

for your list


2 posted on 06/23/2013 3:13:18 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Chicago? Puh-leaze.

They don’t allows guns there, much less rockets and their red glare and bombs bursting and all that

Better edit that part out.


3 posted on 06/23/2013 3:17:28 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Well, that takes care of the knee-jerk reactions. No more necessary.


4 posted on 06/23/2013 3:18:39 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Hockey fans are very patriotic.


5 posted on 06/23/2013 3:19:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 1rudeboy

As a die hard Blackhawks fan, it is great to see Jim Cornelison belt out the national anthem. Go Blackhawks. I hope they do not blow the 3-2 lead, the way the Spurs did.


6 posted on 06/23/2013 3:23:26 PM PDT by Mark17 (My heart is in the Philippines, and soon I will be too.)
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To: dfwgator

Full disclosure: I am from Chicago, and not a Blackhawks fan. But people can’t recognize one of the best performances (currently) of the National Anthem out there? Because of politics? God, their lives must suck.


7 posted on 06/23/2013 3:30:29 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Mark17

“I hope they do not blow the 3-2 lead, the way the Spurs did.”

Ouch! On a good note, then spurs championship t shirts arrive in Kenya tomorrow.


8 posted on 06/23/2013 3:46:58 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

The refs gave it to the Heat. David Stern demanded it.

The NBA is as credible as WCW Wrestling.


9 posted on 06/23/2013 3:48:37 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Toddsterpatriot

ping


10 posted on 06/23/2013 3:53:06 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Wow!


11 posted on 06/23/2013 4:02:45 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Like I always say, you can usually find all the conservatives in Detroit at The Joe for a Red Wings’ game.


12 posted on 06/23/2013 4:05:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
There was a study conducted and released a couple of years ago regarding political beliefs of various sports fans. I am pretty sure I posted it here on FR. Hockey fans were among the groups to the right of center.
13 posted on 06/23/2013 4:08:14 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: dsc
Check this one out. The Bears imported him for the ten year anniversary of Sept. 11th. Nails it.
14 posted on 06/23/2013 4:12:17 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: dfwgator

How did you know I’m a Wings fan? lol


15 posted on 06/23/2013 4:14:48 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: dsc
Oops, wrong one. Check this 9/11 tribute out, and enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com.

16 posted on 06/23/2013 4:17:04 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Cornelison is an institution at Blackhawks games. When they won Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2010 the team gave Cornelison a champioship ring.


17 posted on 06/23/2013 4:17:47 PM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I am a Bruins fan, and I thought the rendition of the national anthem was AWESOME.

I detest the way pop singers render it. I like it straight up on the rocks, and that guy delivered.


18 posted on 06/23/2013 4:49:12 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: 1rudeboy

Wowza!! This version sure beats the Hip Hop and Soul versions of the anthem.


19 posted on 06/23/2013 4:53:08 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: rlmorel
When the series shifted to the first game in Boston, I felt so bad for Rene Rancourt (?). He had an "off" day. Poor guy . . . to follow-up that?
20 posted on 06/23/2013 4:58:05 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

http://www.youtube.com

Absolutely splendid.

Worthy in all respects of the greatest nation ever seen on the face of the Earth.


21 posted on 06/23/2013 5:19:41 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dfwgator

Please. The Spurs gave game 6 away.


22 posted on 06/23/2013 6:20:12 PM PDT by Borges
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To: 1rudeboy

In this house, we turn it all the way up when Cornelius belts out the anthem, his is a treasure!

Go Hawks!! One.more.game :)


23 posted on 06/23/2013 6:28:46 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

Ugh, Cornelison! Dang it


24 posted on 06/23/2013 6:30:33 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: 1rudeboy

Heh, I started watching in the Seventies when I moved up here from Maryland...Rene has been the only national anthem singer.

Rene is fun, but we call him “The Cowardly Lion” because there are passages in the music where we think he sounds just like the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz… :-)

Nothing against René, he’s a fixture around here. But it was interesting for me to read this thread after watching the opening game in Chicago, and I pointed out to my fellow Boston fans that that was a very impressive singing of the national anthem!

You know you’ve got something good, when you make an observation like that and your buddies watching the game with you DON’T grab your sweater, pull it over your head, and beat the snot out of you… :-)


25 posted on 06/23/2013 6:43:08 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: rlmorel

Yeah, and for what it’s worth, that’s what I told my Blackhawks friends after that first performance: “cut the guy some slack, he’s probably a legacy.” That being said, he came back strongly in Boston game 2. He knew the eyes of the nation were upon him.


26 posted on 06/23/2013 6:52:16 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
Full disclosure: I am from Chicago, and not a Blackhawks fan. But people can’t recognize one of the best performances (currently) of the National Anthem out there? Because of politics? God, their lives must suck.

Full disclosure: I'm a transplant to this sh*thole of a state named Illinois. Frankly, the Chicago Blackhawks are about the best damn' thing about Illinois. Love me some hockey, Chicago Blackhawk style!

27 posted on 06/23/2013 7:39:38 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative

Well, as far as pro sports franchises go, the Blackhawks are all you’ve got.


28 posted on 06/23/2013 7:48:10 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
Yup, that's true.

Here's a question for ya: do you know why Iowa doesn't have a professional baseball team?

Answer: Because then Illinois would want one too!

Question #2: Do you know why Iowa doesn't have a professional football team?

Answer: Because then Illinois would want one too! Although, now that that POC Lovie Smith is finally gone, perhaps the Bears can get back to playing real football. Now if they'd just dump Jay Cutler for a REAL QB .......

29 posted on 06/23/2013 7:53:29 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: 1rudeboy

must be what they are all playing at the funerals in chi-town lately.


30 posted on 06/23/2013 9:11:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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