The Syracuse Crunch has invited pop star Christina Aguilera to sing the National Anthem at an upcoming home game for a chance to redeem herself after flubbing the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLV Sunday Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
Aguilera, 30, is a five-time Grammy Award-winner and came to prominence in 1999 following her self-titled debut album, spawned three number one singles.
After getting through the first three lines of the song flawlessly, Aguilera stumbled and mistakenly sang, "What so proudly we watched," in place of the correct line, "O'er the ramparts we watched."
The official invitation to Aguilera, signed by Syracuse Crunch Senior vice President Jim Sarosy, urges the singer to take the offer seriously:
"This opportunity certainly gives you a forum to properly demonstrate just how well you can perform the anthem before an intimate crowd of 6,200 fans in the heartland of America - Syracuse, NY. ... We hope you take this invitation seriously and know that our organization is committed to make a donation, courtesy of your performance, to benefit our U.S. Troops."
To read the full letter from Sarosy, visit
The Crunch hit the road for the next three games, including back-to-back contests against Norfolk on Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12. Syracuse returns home to face San Antonio on Friday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. at The Oncenter War Memorial Arena. Season and single-game tickets for the 2010-11 season are on sale and can be purchased by calling the Crunch office at (315) 473- 4444, or by stopping by the Crunch office at The Oncenter War Memorial Arena, located at 800 South State Street in downtown Syracuse.