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Steven Tyler's national anthem could have been worse

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler sings the national anthem before the AFC Championship NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass.

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Aerosmith singer and American Idol judge Steven Tyler was roundly criticized for his screeching rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at the AFC championship game on Sunday, but, really, was it all that bad?

Other national-anthem singers at sporting events have done worse, including track-and-field superstar Carl Lewis's high-note disaster in 1993, actress Rosanne Barr's embarrassment in 1990, an amateur singer's nightmare on ice and Christina Aguilera's lyric-mangling rendition at last year's Super Bowl, in which "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming" became "What so proudly we watched, at the twilight's last reaming."

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