Whitney’s Super Bowl

Tampa Stadium 1999

It was Super Bowl Sunday 1991 and the game was being played in my adopted home town of Tampa – in the old Tampa Stadium where the popcicle Bucs began their days.

It was an all New York Super Bowl – the New York Giants vs. the upstate Buffalo Bills.  I always thought that “Bills” was a really silly name and a lousy play on words.  I mean, couldn’t the league think of anything better?

It was cloudy that Sunday; ominous TampaBay winter clouds reflecting the weird lighting in the old Tampa Stadium.

And it was only a week since the first Gulf War commenced  on the command of Bush the Greater with the goal of liberating Kuwait.

There was much patriotism on display that Sunday in Tampa.  Some had questioned whether of not the game should be postponed but that was never seriously considered.

We’ve all heard the national anthem prior to sporting events.  It’s a difficult song to sing and many simply don’t have the voice to pull it off.  Others play with the song.  Rarely is it performed memorably.

But not this day.

This day Whitney Houston would perform the most electrifying national anthem ever sung at the Super Bowl.  Millions have heard it.  If you haven’t you should.

Whitney Houston performing one of the greatest national anthems ever at Super Bowl XXV in 1991.

P.S.  The Giants won 20 – 19.




About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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