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…)
*Gayle is gone … well, almost.
That’s right, Gayle King will is exiting her Harpo Radio program to concentrate on TV. Affiliates are being told that the final show will air on April 6. The two-hour daily talk program launched in July of 2010 on Sirius XM.
*Fans of late rapper/singer Nate Dogg will have a chance to pay their respects this weekend.
A public viewing will take place today, Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church at 1160 New York St. in Long Beach, Cali. Nate Dogg’s public funeral will be held tomorrow, Saturday, at 10 a.m. at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. No cameras will be allowed at either event. He passed away last week after complications from a stroke at the age of 41.
*Locked out of his day job, Ochocinco opened a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City, the Major League Soccer team, on Wednesday and by the end of his first day star receiver for the NFL Cincinnati Bengals was panting for breath.
“Exactly what I expected,” the six-time Pro Bowler explained. “I would be a little winded being that I haven’t ran at this pace or this level since the end of our season of football. It was fun. I didn’t expect to come in here and be Superman.”