I have a favorite moment at Middlebury College basketball games. It’s when François Clemmons begins to sing the National Anthem.
I dreaded the Anthem when I was an athlete. I was ready to play the game. Starters had been announced and were out on the playing surface, tense, excited, full of adrenaline. Let’s go!
Then we had to wait, often for a scratchy recording, sometimes for a live singer, who sang at a funereal pace.