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Harper Gruzins, 11, ‘sings’ the national anthem at opening of MLS match between FC Dallas-L.A. Galaxy, Saturday, July 28.

*One of the most sentimental moments of any sports competition is the singing of the National Anthem.

Everyone loved Whitney Houston’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner so much, that it nearly hit platinum and set the bar for how it should be done.

Now imagine if the nearly 80 million viewers that tuned into Super Bowl XXV in 1991, would’ve heard her screaching into the mic and changing the timing of the song so much it takes an additional minute to get through the song?

Well, 11-year old Harper Gruzins opened the Major League Soccer game Saturday between the FC Dallas-L.A. Galaxy with a rendition of the National Anthem that has drawn criticism and remarks like “the worst national anthem rendition ever.”

And while it may have been a poor performance it is in even more poor taste for the media to lambaste the child with such cruel comments. (more…)