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The Fray’s national anthem at the NCAA title game was a little weird

The Fray performed the national anthem before the NCAA Championship game Monday night. (Bill Haber / AP)

Renditions of the national anthem that precede big-time sports events usually fall into one of several clearly defined categories: Marvin Gaye, stirring, Roseanne Barr and “learn the lyrics already.”

The Fray added a new one before Kansas and Kentucky played their NCAA national championship game Monday night: a version that made you want to curl up in the corner and drunk text an ex.

It was acoustic, emo and mercifully quick. (Why did no one think to add a tambourine to “The Star-Spangled Banner” before this?) And Isaac Slade, the Denver band’s big-time Broncos fan who narrated a Tim Tebow video for ESPN last fall, got the lyrics right. So there’s that.

At least they didn’t attempt “One Shining Moment.”

Follow us: @CindyBoren | @MattBrooksWP

Other national anthems:

The recent: Steven Tyler’s Super Bowl national anthem

The good: Jim Cornelison

The bad: Cristina Aguilera

The truly great: Marvin Gaye

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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