After legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin belted out a particularly extended version of the National Anthem at the beginning of the Thanksgiving Day football game, Twitter decided to strike. Many viewers of the Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings game tweeted their frustration at the extended tribute to the nation.
This Aretha rendition may force players to take a knee just because their feet are getting tired. Christ.— Mike Ryan (@MichaelRyanRuiz) November 24, 2016
Delay of game: Aretha Franklin— TheMachine (@MachinesPicks) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin is doing a ball-control national anthem. It's all about clock management everyone.— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) November 24, 2016
Detroit vs Minnesota time of possession stats
Lions: 3 minutes— Kevin Jost (@kjoster19) November 24, 2016
Vikings: 0 minutes
Aretha Franklin: 8 minutes
Of course, not everyone seemed to think it was a bad idea for the game to be delayed. How often do people get a holiday concert from such a legend?
Bad news: Football is cancelled— The Ringer (@ringer) November 24, 2016
Good news: 13-hour Aretha Franklin concert. Leave it on through dinner. Everybody will love it.
Aretha Franklin is pretty far up at the top of the list of folks who can take however long they want with the national anthem.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) November 24, 2016
Eventually the game did get started, so everyone could continue to avoid conversations with their family in the name of football.
What did you think of Franklin's performance?
Literally me singing the national anthem https://t.co/RMQRsUmgFm— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) November 25, 2016
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