Yesterday, while waiting in the New Orleans airport, Spafford serenaded their gate with an a cappella rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The band was preparing to leave the Crescent City following a set this past Friday at Hogs For A Cause when their flight was delayed. The woman working at the gate for their airline saw their instruments and asked them over to the gate to sing a song. They decided to sing a harmony-heavy arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, which was met with appreciative applause from the gathered travelers. Thankfully, the airport performance was captured on video so we can all relive it.As the band notes in the video description on YouTube, “Our flight was delayed in New Orleans, the woman at the gate asked us to sing something, so we sang the National Anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner).” Watch the performance below, shot by Lori Stevenson:Spafford – The Star-Spangled Banner – New Orleans Airport (MSY)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Video: SpaffordMusic]New Orleans is a city with music in its soul–and that’s not just out on Frenchman Street, or at any of the other countless live music clubs in the Big Easy. This isn’t the first time in recent memory that a traveling artist was asked to sing over the intercom at the New Orleans airport. Late last year, The Revivalists vocalist David Shaw serenaded the waiting passengers with a rendition of Chuck Berry‘s “Run Run Rudolph” on Christmas Eve. You can watch that video here.For more information on the new Spafford album, or to check out a list of their upcoming performances, head to the band’s website.
View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Bullets Over Broadway Sara Bareilles Related Shows Sara Bareilles, who is prepping her own Broadway-aimed show, is certainly making the rounds on the Great White Way lately. On March 27, she entered a world of gangsters, showgirls and divas at Bullets Over Broadway on March 27. After catching the show, the Grammy-nommed singer/songwriter headed backstage at the St. James Theatre to congratulate Zach Braff and the cast. See her beaming between Braff and his gun-toting, tap-dancing co-star Nick Cordero in this Hot Shot by Bruce Glikas, then go see the flappers, molls and mobsters of the Woody Allen musical comedy for yourself.
Former Ghana coach Guissepe Dossena is tipping the Black Stars, who are yet to click into gear-to reach the final of the 2013 Africa Cup Nations.The Italian led the Black Stars to a quarter-final berth at the 2000 tournament which was co-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria.Dossena, a member of Italy’s 1982 FIFA World Cup winning squad, believes the Black Stars will rediscover their playing style as the tournament progresses.“Ghana has become a power house and on paper can go all the way, but I still think their level and calibre is not as high as compared to the team we saw at the World Cup 2010,” Dossena said.“I have seen them in their first Afcon match and it was a below average performance in my opinion but once they wake up they will be unstoppable – they have it in themselves.”Ghana need just draw against Niger in their final Group B match on Monday to secure a quarter-final berth.
Not that he’d ever forget those nearly two weeks of walking, but he apparently took home a permanent souvenir.”I still have a left ankle that bothers me today because of that,” he told “Sports Talk.”That lesson again: Always think before you speak. Think before you speak, even in baseball, and even when something seems, well, unthinkable. Think before you speak, especially when you speak to hundreds of thousands of people for a living.Jim Rooker can tell you a fun story about that. It’s a lesson he learned on June 8, 1989 — the day the former Pirates broadcaster made a seemingly innocent (and safe) statement after the Buccos scored 10 runs in the top of the first against the Phillies in Philadelphia. “If we lose this game, I’ll walk back to Pittsburgh,” Rooker told partner John Sanders — and everyone listening on the radio.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNWell, despite Rooker’s 13 years as a big league pitcher, plus another nine years as a broadcaster to that point, he apparently forgot that baseball has a weird, sick sense of humor. Especially when a team has lost six straight.Pirates players remembered, though.”I looked at the umpires and I said, ‘Yeah, we finally got a lead,'” the Pirates’ Bobby Bonilla recalled later that season. “They said, ‘You finally got a lead in one game.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, but, you know, it’s not over yet.'”Enter baseball’s twisted sense of humor. After the Pirates dropped 10 in the top of the first, the Phillies outscored them 15-1 the rest of the game. If you want more evidence of baseball’s sense of humor, the normally light-hitting Steve Jeltz, who didn’t even start the game and had two career homers at that point, belted two dingers that night — which ended up accounting for half his homers on the season.Jeltz’s first homer, a two-run shot, made it a 10-6 game. After Jeltz barreled that homer, the game itself seemed to be barreling toward an inevitable conclusion.”I could’ve told you then that there was a good chance we were going to lose that game,” then-Pirates manager Jim Leyland said later. “When you’re a manager, your gut usually tells you that something’s not right. It’s a freaky thing. You can usually feel it.”Well, Leyland’s gut was on point. From there, Jeltz hit his second homer, there were more hits, there was a run-scoring wild pitch and yada, yada, yada, the Phillies took the lead and eventually won 15-11. It was the Pirates’ seventh straight loss.Rather than brushing off his pledge to walk back to Pittsburgh as merely a throwaway line played for laughs, Rooker, 46 at the time, stayed true to his word, even making some public good out of it by turning the trek into a walk for charity. The event was dubbed “Rook’s Unintentional Walk,” with a sporting goods company donating hiking gear and four corporate sponsors underwriting the trip. Rooker and a friend took their first steps from Philadelphia on Oct. 5 and walked through the center field gate at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh at 12:52 p.m. on Oct. 17 — a walk of 327 miles. The pair averaged more than 24 miles a day, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.”I’m OK from the ankles up, but from the ankles down I feel like I’ve been stabbed with ice picks,” he told Sporting News after the walk.MORE: 10 single-season MLB feats we’ll never see againThere was good news, though: Rooker’s many steps ultimately raised around $100,000 for charity by some estimates, with money going to Children’s Hospitals of Pittsburgh and Bob Prince Charities. Still, it was an ordeal.”It’s something I would never do again,” he told SN later, “but the response of the people was absolutely tremendous.”Here’s a vintage MLB feature detailing the whole, silly affair.Years later, Rooker explained the thinking behind his “I’ll walk back to Pittsburgh proclamation.””In all the years I’ve been in baseball, I’ve never been on a team that’s been ahead by 10 runs and lost, or been behind by 10 runs and come back and win a game,” he told “Monday Night Sports Talk,” a Connecticut cable show, in 2013. “I didn’t say it thinking that it was going to be a challenge of any kind. I just thought it was a normal thing to say.”