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SBD/February 4, 2013/Events and Attractions
Keys Shines In Low-Key Anthem; Hudson, Sandy Hook Kids Provide Moving Moment
Published February 4, 2013
A SOMBER MOMENT: In Charlotte, Joseph Person writes the NFL "doesn't always get it right," but having "students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., sing 'America the Beautiful' with Jennifer Hudson was touching." Even "more so when CBS cameras showed" Ravens coach John Harbaugh "standing and watching with his daughter" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/4). ESPN.com's Greg Garber wrote Keys was "soulful and put her own unique stamp on the national anthem, but the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus struck the perfect note" (ESPN.com, 2/3). The TAMPA BAY TIMES' Daly writes, "That sound you heard after was thousands of manly men sobbing into the bean dip." Daly: "What a nice, unexpected moment" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 2/4). In Hartford, Stagis & Marbella note some players on the field "appeared emotional as the smiling kids swayed in time behind Hudson and sang background vocals." U.S. Rep. (R-Conn.) Dan Carter said that he was "impressed by what the NFL has done to keep Newtown in the spotlight" (HARTFORD COURANT, 2/4). In N.Y., Mike Lupica writes the "kids were so much more than backup singers for Hudson -- they were the headliners." Lupica: "Less than two months after a madman shot up their school in Connecticut and killed so many of their friends, they weren't just making the country cheer; they were making the whole world cheer" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/4). In New Orleans, Ramon Antonio Vargas wrote the performance "moved many spectators." The reaction on social media "was equally complimentary" (NOLA.com, 2/3). The TIMES-PICAYUNE's Spera wrote "America the Beautiful" was as "affecting as the song can be" (NOLA.com, 2/3). SPORTS ON EARTH's Mike Tanier wrote "hearing and seeing the performance, even when we were emotionally steeled for it, induced something primal, a grief for the whole human condition" (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 2/3).