Boston Bruins fans take over National Anthem

Boston Bruins fans take over National Anthem
April 17, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Sounds like a tradition worth embracing, in every stadium, everywhere...
—Ray Ratto

The NFL is announcing its schedule on Thursday, and if you need that much lead time to figure out when you’re tailgating, you probably shouldn’t be allowed to operate a vehicle. Get a designated griller, or stay at home. And if you do stay home, don’t grill inside, unless your inside is actually outside – in which case you have bigger problems than the NFL schedule can fix.

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So the NBA owners won’t vote on the Great I-5 War for another couple of weeks. Surprise, that, though it was nice that the announcement came with an addendum: “Of course, if money keeps falling from the sky from either Seattle or Sacramento, we could delay it until June.” Or maybe that was just what I inferred from this ongoing dog-and-pony show.

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The Boston Bruins did a clever and touching thing Wednesday night, having Rene Rancourt sing the first few bars of the National Anthem, and then letting the crowd sing the remainder of the song. Sounds like a tradition worth embracing, in every stadium, everywhere, especially in those places where signers think any anthem sung in under three minutes is scat.

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One can only hope: Brittney Griner, the Baylor basketball star, essentially came out in a video interview with Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray, and the world neither stopped nor took much notice. And unless I’m missing something, that’s what we ought to hope for when a man does the same thing.

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Rasheed Wallace’s retirement should have come with a commemorative technical foul from each of the 62 league officials. Of course, knowing the league, he probably would have been expected to pay the $280,000 in fines as part of his sendoff.

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Kobe Bryant just activated himself for Game 1 of the playoffs. Mike D’Antoni will be notified at game time. Or by the middle of the second quarter, latest.

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And finally, this has already been a lousy week and we’re barely through Wednesday. We won’t ask to keep a good thought for Thursday through Sunday, as your thoughts are your own. Just try not to make it worse.