I'm not sure the origins of the anthem being from a POEM matter in this discussion...Webo said:Yeah... that's it SS!
It couldn't POSSIBLY be the fact that singing ALL 4 verses of Francis Scott Key's POEM would probably take 10 minutes or more... and professional sports fans just can't stand at attention that long... could it?
Seriously... Our National Anthem was first written as a poem in 1814 and it was called "Defence of Ft. McHenry."
Later on the verses were set to the melody of a popular British drinking song, (Hey... that's pretty Christian... huh SS? clown: ) renamed "The Star Spangled Banner" and was finally officially adopted as our National Anthem in 1931. Tup: