It's Working Woman's Night, and comedian Roseanne Barr does a job on the anthem, punctuating her screeching by spitting in the dirt and grabbing her crotch as "a joke on the players." President Bush calls the performance "disgraceful."
Jan. 27, 1991. Tampa Stadium. Super Bowl XXV, Giants vs. Bills.
Taking no chances, Whitney Houston prerecords her spectacular version and lip-synchs it on-site. Released days later as a single, it rockets up the charts amid the patriotic fervor of the Persian Gulf war, selling 720,000 copies.
Jan. 21, 1993. Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, N.J. Nets vs. Bulls.
Legendary Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis pulls a vocal hamstring halfway through his a cappella rendition. "Don't worry, I'll make up for it," he tells the crowd, then limps to the finish while players cover their heads with towels.