ON DECK: Whitney Houston's "Star-Spangled Banner"
There are many great sports moments that make me wish I was a little bit older.
When Christian Laettner made his remarkable game-winning shot against Kentucky, I was 3 years old. When Kirk Gibson, on one leg, hit the home run off Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series, I was 2 months old.
I wasn't even born yet when my hero Larry Bird stole the inbounds pass from Isaiah Thomas in the 1987 playoffs.
On Jan. 27, 1991, the United States was ten days into the Persian Gulf War. On that day there was yet another sports moment that makes me wish I was older than 2 at the time.
Whitney Houston delivered the greatest rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” I have ever heard. When I heard that the 48-year old Houston had died on Saturday, I instantly went on YouTube to watch it again.
By the time she was finished, it was clear that from then on, every singer would be attempting to sing the second-best ever rendition of the anthem.