I had to write this post because it is one of the few video clips that I spent hours looking for and I know I am not the only one. "Carl Lewis butchering the US anthem" is now part of internet legend and reach the proverbial "pot of gold that no one can seem find" status. The audio clip is available in its entire version. However, it is seen her as part of the ESPN bloppers (betisier). A bit of background on the setting:
Carl Lewis is without a doubt of the greatest track and field athlete of all-time. He is also one the dumbest public figure ever. Worse, he is also pretty full of himself, which prevented him from attaining legend status in the mind of people like Pele, Mohammad Ali or Jesse Owens did. So he convinced someone that he can sing and decided to sing the US national anthem in a basketball game: Bulls vs Nets in 1993. That's when the clip was taken and what you don't see here is Michael Jordan trying is best not to burst out laughing. Priceless, I love the internet for this. The Tv anchor, Charly Steiner, a pretty bright man, completely lost it laughing and frankly I am still laughing my head of everytime I see him laugh and hear the song. The singing can only be decribed as a castrated chicken choking on food and trying to take it out. So here is the clip, the sound bit plus extra bonus: Carl lewis as an actor :) ( check how he only repeats the word of his partner). Carl Lewis will be known from now on as the king of celebrities unintentional comedy. I am in such better mood now ! Thanks Carl :).
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