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Best. National. Anthem. Ever.

Jim Cornelison is so skilled at performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before sporting events that the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks hired him to do it full-time. The Chicago Bears, knowing when they have a good thing in town, invited Cornelison to sing the national anthem before today’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. To say the least, he didn’t disappoint.

Performing before an already-raucous crowd, Cornelison “nailed” it, in the words of Bears reporter John Mullin (who’s presumably a bit more familiar with Cornelison than we were, prior to this). Rave reviews of Cornelison came in from all over, including CNBC’s Darren Rovell and PreSnapRead’s Paul Myerberg, a fanatical college football follower who said “BCS bowls should take note” of Cornelison’s talents.

Then, the game started, and the hometown Bears jumped out to a 21-0 lead. Just sayin’. Video of Cornelison’s top-notch performance below.

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  • http://twitter.com/matuna3333 Mat

    Very few things are as cool as listening to Jim sing before Blackhawks games with 20,000+ cheering the entire time. He also did the Hawks game tonight and I had goosebumps listening to it on the radio.

  • Whtiesox596

    He wasn’t named to the Blackhawks just today. He has been made famous from the Blackhawks he has sung the anthem there for years now. I don’t know why the media thinks he has just been named there.

  • Tom123456

    I hate this guy. Just terrible.

  • jt69

    Outstanding! Finally!
    I was always amazed at how people would stand around looking embarassed while the national anthem was played. Chicago knows how to do it!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SERAPFIBMTEPHKRJQBELBHOU74 John F

    Chicago can have him . . . I’ll stick with Tony Harrington any day of the week . . .


  • George

    Actually, Cornelison’s predecessor, Wayne Messmer, sang the most impressive National Anthem ever. Back in 1991 at the old Chicago Stadium before the NHL All Star Game – during the first Gulf War.

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  • Premesnik In

    Attention Americans & Coaches: I guess you don’t know so I will educate you: Place you rhand over your heart and you also may sing along. I’m shocked to see the players who are just standing there doing nothing. I believe the baseball players hold their hats over their hearts. Where are all the Patriots?

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