Even if you aren’t a football fan, chances are you will watch at least part of the Super Bowl whether it be the commercials, the halftime performance, the game, or the National Anthem performance. Well, the games deciding which teams will vie for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy took place over the weekend, and boy were they nail-biters.
Both games were forced into overtime in the last seconds of regular time and one even had a very controversial play, but even so, people can’t stop talking something that happened before either game even started!
In the days leading up to the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams, Jimmy Buffett began teasing his upcoming performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for his beloved Who Dat Nation.
Sunday Funday! Who dat!!
We are excited to share that Jimmy will be singing the National Anthem before the Saints / Rams game on FOX this Sunday afternoon. Check your local listings. @Saints pic.twitter.com/YNGlvMOknO
— Jimmy Buffett (@jimmybuffett) January 17, 2019
A huge Saints fan himself, Buffett couldn’t wait to perform in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
When the time came for Buffett to stand at the 50-yard line and belt our nation’s anthem in front of the 74,000+ people in the stands plus millions watching from home, the “Margaritaville” singer took off his Saints ball cap and placed it over his heart.
We’re not even sure he made it through the entire song before people started tweeting about his performance.
Wow. One of the worst renditions of all time. Awful
— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) January 20, 2019
Jimmy Buffet officially in the Fergie category of national anthems
— SportsTalkATL.com (@SportsTalkATL) January 20, 2019
Great job by Jimmy Buffet reciting the National Anthem there
— Del Reid (@DelReid) January 20, 2019
What an inspirational National Anthem from Jimmy Buffett… his message is clear:
"Anyone… literally anyone… can sing the Star Spangled Banner as long as you know the words."
— Mark Wishnia™ (@mewishnia) January 20, 2019
What didn’t help his cause was when he did a mic-drop as he walked off the field.
Any truth to the rumor you’re teaming up with Rosanne for a duet at the Super Bowl?
— Chuck (@noe_chuck) January 21, 2019
Jimmy Buffett sounded like a random dude from the stands. Then did a mic drop.
— Zack Gibney (@zackgibney) January 20, 2019
— igotroblems (@igotroblems) January 20, 2019
Some fans even blamed him for the Saints’ loss!
@jimmybuffett the saints got a terrible call after your hateful hack job … you might’ve just spat all over the field. MAGA!
— thomas umphrey jr (@into_stream) January 22, 2019
The reactions weren’t all bad though, a lot of his fans, who are called Parrot Heads, had his back!
Shoutout to Jimmy Buffett who knows how to keep an anthem short and sweet.
— Mike Baggerman (@MikeBaggerman) January 20, 2019
After a great National Anthem….nothing left for Jimmy Buffett to do but drop the mike and walk off. 🦜🍹 🏈 pic.twitter.com/6rAkKKR8wG
— Kurt (@KurtTorkelson) January 20, 2019
Watch Buffett’s National Anthem performance below and let us know what you think of it.