I actually think the problem that Aquilera and, at a previous event, Mariah Carey, ran into was trying to outdo Whitney's performance. Whitney Houston's rendition was all the more stunning because she sang it relatively straight. It was just a simple, amazingly beautiful performance of our National Anthem. If these other artists would truly copy what Whitney did, rather than trying to embellish it and show us all their octaves and how long they can drag out the word "freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee", they'd be much better off.
Originally Posted by bjornolf
Brian Zoubek on what was going through his mind walking to the free throw line with 3.6 seconds remaining in the 2010 National Championship game and Duke up by 1: "Fifty percent [of me is] thinking, This is what I've been dreaming of doing my entire life. Fifty percent I'm crapping my pants."