And no, I’m not over-selling this. The presentation for the National Anthem for the “Battle at Bristol,” sung by Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Jennifer Nettles of the country duo Sugarland before the kickoff between the Tennessee and Virginia Tech college football teams on Saturday, might just be the most spectacular one in American history.
And it couldn’t have come at a better time, the day before the 15 year anniversary of the horrific Islamic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and in the face of certain NFL players disrespecting the American flag, led by San Francisco 49er backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In front of an all-time record crowd, estimated to be over 150,000, the entire massive stadium crowd magically morphed into a representation of Old Glory with the letters “USA” proudly displayed in the back of the end zone, while members of our brave military looked on, stoically, saluting the flag and all it represents.
And just at the right time, when you think this presentation couldn’t be more patriotic and beautiful, as Jennifer Nettles let loose with “the land of the free,” American fighter jets flew over the stadium in complete badass form, a symbol of America’s military strength.
It got me all choked up and I had to wipe the tears streaming down my face. What a great country this is — the best on earth.