NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Faith Hill sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem Sunday night before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridestone Arena.
In fact, I thought it was, along with Carrie Underwood's, the best of the country-artist versions we heard during the run, where we saw the likes of Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood.
(Disclaimer: I am not a country music guy. At all.)
Despite Hill’s passionate performance, some in Nashville are ready for her to skip the singing at the biggest Nashville games.
Faith Hill should never sing the anthem at a major sporting event involving Nashville teams ever again. https://t.co/nHUdQwiyJ8
— Jeremy Diaz (@jeremyalandiaz) June 12, 2017
In Super Bowl XXXIV on Jan. 30, 2000, the St. Louis Rams broke a tie score with 1:54 remaining and the Tennessee Titans couldn’t come back.
In Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 11, 2017, the Penguins broke a tie score with 1:35 remaining and the Predators couldn’t come back.
Hill sang the anthem before both.
I’m not a big superstition guy, and I’d be happy for her to sing before a Titans' Super Bowl (an unlikely repeat) or a another Predators' Stanley Cup Final again.
The teams may think differently about one of Music City’s favorites, however.
I wonder if she’s superstitious?