March 2, 2011 6:50 pm

Are they carrying the right tune?

Since the Kings have three more games at home during this stretch, it might be a good time for this subject. From time to time, there’s quite a bit of discussion about the national anthem at Staples Center, both in terms of how well it is presented and received. Often, it seems, the answer is, “Not well.” In a couple cities — Chicago and Philadelphia, to be sure — the anthem and its surrounding pomp and circumstance, have been known as an event in itself. Many other cities/teams have regular singers who perform at almost every home game. The Kings, meanwhile, have a handful of semi-regular performers but also toss in singers randomly.

The theme here is: what would you like to see the Kings do with the national anthem (if you care)? As a fan, does it get you fired up (if done properly)? Should there be a regular singer/performer? if so, what kind? The Lakers and Dodgers also use a variety of singers — although the Lakers bring in Jeffrey Osbourne for big games — but hockey seems to have more than its share of regular singers.

(Since it — unfortunately — will need to be said at some point, I will say it now. This topic is NOT about whether countries’ anthems should be sung before games. I understand, and appreciate, that people disagree with the concept, but this is not the forum in which to debate the concept. Thanks in advanceā€¦)

Feel free to share your thoughts. It’s not just idle chatter. Any ideas generated here will be shared with the appropriate parties in the organization.

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