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 from Saddam.
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.