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10/27: Spooky Anthem Renditions

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6 p.m.


• Good for you, Bob Ryan. He's on Around the Horn's face time ripping apart Patti LaBelle's rendition of the National Anthem. Wow. I thought I was the only one that thought it was godawful.



I can't stand it when people try to put their own "spin" on the Anthem. Most times it fizzles.


• I did it. I did it. I did it. I found the ONE BLACK GUY who isn't voting for Osama!


s engrossed as the players are in the season, opinions about who should lead the country flow as readily as Gatorade during a game.


"Everybody argues. I argue," linebacker Larry Foote said. "A lot of people are for Obama. Not too many black people are voting for McCain."


Count Foote among the African-Americans who plans to vote for McCain.


"I'll never vote for a president who is for abortion and definitely not one that's for same-sex marriage," Foote said.


It gets even better. Check out what Troy Polamalu said about what's important to him in a candidate.


Safety Troy Polamalu said a candidate's stance on abortion is a major issue with him.


"I think that has a lot to do with how a person views humanity," he said.


• Oh, and I LOVE MIKE SINGLETARY! From his press conference after the 49ers lost to Seattle and his tight end committed a dumb personal foul, which caused Mike to send him to the showers early.



Here's what I love even more about him. Years ago some team (I can't remember which -- Dallas or San Diego) had its new head coach all but lined up. However, the team had to interview a minority candidate, which is required by the league. Problem was, a number of candidates refused to be interviewed for a job that was already filled. When Mike was asked to be interviewed, he took the opportunity. He didn't get the job, but he said afterward that you don't pass up an opportunity like that because even though you may not get the job today you might get a head coaching job somewhere down the line as a result of this inverview.


• Back to my Larry Foote article: The Trib had a list of athletes donating money to candidates. Oh how my heart sank when I saw that Mario Lemieux gave a few thousand to Hitlery. :(


It's OK, Mario. I forgive you.


Oh, and Jim Kelly gave $250 to McCain. Don't know why that made me laugh but it did.


• Hmmm, if this is fair game, I guess I could have a mannequin of Osama hanging from a tree in my yard.


A Halloween decoration showing a mannequin dressed as vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hanging by a noose from the roof of a West Hollywood home is drawing giggles from some passers-by and gasps of outrage from others.


The mannequin is dressed in brunet wig, glasses and a red business suit. Another mannequin dressed as John McCain emerges from a flaming chimney.


Chad Michael Morisette, who lives in the house, told CBS 2 News that drivers and bus passengers have been stopping to snap pictures of the macabre scene.


Morisette says the effigy would be out of bounds at any other time of year, but it's within the spirit of Halloween.


He says "it should be seen as art, and as within the month of October. It's Halloween, it's time to be scary it's time to be spooky."

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God damn it that rendition was a piece of shit. I despise when anyone tries to turn it into their version of American Idol and tries to hit the high note at the end. To hear 2 1/2 minutes of that? Ugh.

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Drat. As I was typing that entry yesterday I wanted to say the following but forgot to do so:


Too bad Patti isn't married to Jason Kidd, or else Ryan would beat her up.


Good thing for "after the fact."

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