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Non-MMA Video of the Day: The Entire TD Garden Sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Last Night’s Boston Bruins Game

(The anthem starts around the 3:05 mark.) 

For the past seven months, I have proudly called the city of Dorchester, Massachusetts my home. I’ll admit, it’s not much of a tenure, but despite my somewhat infantile knowledge of the surrounding area, I’d like to think that I’ve gotten to the know the people, or perhaps the “attitude” of this city pretty well. Laughing at some drunkard’s vomit-soaked, post-Celtics game misfortunes on the Green Line, crowd surfing at the House of Blues, watching some brave sap nearly slip into a diabetic coma attempting the Tasty Burger Challenge — these are all Bostonian pastimes I’ve come to enjoy in my brief time here, pastimes that were forged through the kindness of strangers and friends alike.

And out of respect for both the city I have only begun to experience and you readers, I have declined to express an opinion on, or even make note of, the horrifying events that took place at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Because quite honestly, you guys don’t come to CagePotato to read about all the terrible things happening in the world (unless they are referee-related, of course), you come here to escape them. We all do to some degree. We come here to, well, laugh at other people’s misfortunes, debate the attractiveness of ring girls, and occasionally learn something about this thing called MMA.

But this, this is something that transcends our beloved sport. It transcends the NHL, hockey, the great city of Boston; it transcends any pent up hostility or city-to-city rivalries that could have possibly been built over the decades. In one beautiful, life-affirming moment at last night’s Bruins-Sabres game, longtime anthem singer Rene Rancourt turned over his usual duties to the attending audience, who kindly obliged him with the most awe-inspiring version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” I have personally ever witnessed.

Although the actual anthem begins around the 3:05 mark, I’d recommend you check out the entire video, which features a brilliantly composed slideshow of the week’s events.

Again, without waxing poetic on a disaster I can’t even begin to understand the motivations behind, I’d just like to say that on behalf of everyone here at CagePotato, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Monday’s victims. Because as abhorrent and misguided as this tragedy was, it proved that every cloud has a silver lining. Whether it’s New York or Boston or (in light of recent events) Texas, in the face of adversity, we find inspiration. We find hope. We set all of our prejudices, our anger, and our fear aside and become more than just a community, more than just a city, more than just Americans. We become survivors, with few interests in mind other than the well-being of our fellow survivors. We become human.




Rene Rancourt is the man.

-J. Jones

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bitteralex- April 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm
As a Canadian, I would like to apologize for my over-zealous compatriots. Although, it isn't uncommon for an arena to sing our national anthem, this is neither the time, nor the place, to mention it. Obviously, our hearts go out to our American neighbours. No country should ever have to deal with such a tragedy- not the U.S., Iraq, India- no one. To paraphrase a great poet, you're not wrong Jaycorr, you're just an asshole.
RB- April 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm
Great to hear, and I'm all for it, but anybody ever watch a Vancouver Canucks game? We've been doing this for a long, long time now.................
SethF- April 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm
great to hear, but another guy beat you to it, and we already mocked him for missing the point. *HINT* Scroll down before posting comments.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Star sprinkled banger?
Thumblaster- April 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm
@ gringo you sir are a retard. If you are british and you blew up it would be funny.
Gringo- April 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm
Boston is the home of a lot of "Irish" people who openly supported the IRA for years, why is this a tragedy and the murder of innocent British is a worthy cause ?

In fact not only worthy but funny according to The Simpsons.

Why was this joke not removed ...?

Because no one complained, because British people dying is funny and Americans is a tragedy.

Thumblaster- April 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm
@ jaycor, fuck you , fuck the canuck's and fuck your anthem it sounds better when it's sung as "oh christmas tree". That video is awesome.
ksgbobo- April 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm
Good article and good comment Jones. I've always looked at Boston as a very prideful and patriotic city because that's one of the places where it all started. Where we told the redcoats to go shove it up their arse.
teep- April 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Boston did not deserve this, nor does any country. Thanks for posting an amazing moment Jones! It is a reminder for all of us that we are all in this together - no matter what.
teep- April 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm
@Jaycorr - you should never come on a site like this an use the words "we don't need a terrorist to remind us we are patriotic." I don't believe "you" have ever been attacked by terrorist like America has. This is not a news site, but don't tell any of us that we are not patriotic enough. When your country as a whole loses 3000 plus people to terrorist in one day and then our men and women are sent all over the world to fight terrorist for more than ten years - then you can make all the comments you want. Until then there is no room for what you have been saying.
dipsetkilla316- April 18, 2013 at 11:30 am
That's was really cool to watch, I feel so bad for the ppl that were hurt and killed in that horrific, act in Boston
Fried Taco- April 18, 2013 at 10:56 am
@Jaycorr - just like your compatriot Justin Bieber, always trying to make it about yourselves. Just. Shut. Up.
Viva Hate- April 18, 2013 at 10:22 am
As some of you may know who have been around here for a while, I am a lifelong Bostonian. I will refrain from expressing my anger about Monday and what that attack went after but what happened last night is yet another example of why I am proud to be from this city. It is an often misunderstood place but watch that video and maybe you will get it, we stick tight.

Also, if you are not intelligent enough to understand different places handle their anthem different, that is on you.

Thanks Jones for posting the video, glad you got it.
J.Jones- April 18, 2013 at 10:08 am
@Jaycorr - I'd like to thank you for somehow turning an article about the triumph of a devastated people into a competition to prove your Canadian superiority. Congratulations, you've officially secured the "Missing the Point" Award at this year's Potato Awards.

Maybe you aren't aware, but for whatever reason here in America, the tradition is to let one person or a small group sing the national anthem, while the audience remains respectfully silent. This silence is often broken, but the idea remains the same. In either case, that is our tradition, making it all the more significant when something like this happens.

It's not a matter of "reminding ourselves that we're patriotic." It's a matter of the common good unifying in tragedy AS PEOPLE. It's also a concept you clearly can't understand, as made evident by your decision to turn this into some sort of competition.
The12ozCurls- April 18, 2013 at 10:00 am
Has anybody ever realized that when someone starts a sentence with, "No offense to . . . . . " ---- somebody is about to be offended?
Jaycorr- April 18, 2013 at 9:49 am
hey ksgbobo,
watch a canucks game, we all sing, every time
Pen Fifteen- April 18, 2013 at 9:49 am
I am the only one who think about drone planes bombing little kids in Afghanistan when I hear the Star Spangled Banner? What happened Monday was horrible, but vigorous nationalism seems like a pretty thoughtless response.
amsterdamheavy- April 18, 2013 at 11:11 am
Im actually with you on this, Pen. When a bunch of jingoist, "USA #1 !!!1" type folks start banding together to give sympathy to those (usually white) 'Muricans I find myself throwing up in my mouth just a little bit. Its that whole "we as a country are responsible for this shit in lots of places" thing...
ksgbobo- April 18, 2013 at 9:33 am
Jaycorr, most of us sing the National Anthem at sporting events. But its a little different when the whole complex does it. Meaning everyone and you can tell. America!
Jaycorr- April 18, 2013 at 9:28 am
No offense to America but that was half-assed. Canadians sing their anthem at every game, we don't need a terrorist to remind us that we're patriotic.
amsterdamheavy- April 18, 2013 at 11:12 am
ya, cause patriotism and nationalism are such forces for good in the world. Blech.
The12ozCurls- April 18, 2013 at 9:16 am
Thank you JJ. Sincerely, thank you.
Fried Taco- April 18, 2013 at 9:04 am
Damn onions again...

Prayers for everyone.