Today our head coach Mr. Nate Oats was on Andy Katz's podcast in what was an interesting listen. They started off talking about Ireland, how nobody wanted to schedule us coming into this year (obviously), and the schedule coming up for the Bulls. Then towards the end of the interview Oats mentions how we need some new National Anthem singers to come out. He mentions how for the first two games we had the same singer and we need some new blood to start the game.
*You love to see the attention to detail by Coach Oats. He's so locked in on the court that he is even paying attention to the Anthem singer.*
Nate Oats asks and I deliver. Here is a list of candidates that I think can sing the National Anthem before the game.
Doug Allen- This is the first and most obvious choice here. When you hear "Buffalo" and "National Anthem" used in the same sentence, Doug Allen's name better be your first thought. I'm not even sure this is the right answer or if he would be willing do it, but his name HAS to be mentioned here. If he wants this gig, he gets it no questions asked. Let's show him some respect and give him the first crack at it.
DMX- You may not be aware, but a few years ago there were rumors of DMX working at an IHOP in Buffalo. Does UB have the budget to get DMX to sing the National Anthem? Probably not, but I'm willing to start a campaign to get him to do it for a few games.
Shit you know what, we may as well let him to a live concert as the pregame music instead of hearing Imagine Dragons and Chainsmokers every game. You're telling me that "X Gon Give It To Ya", "Where The Hood At" and "Party Up" won't get the players and fans going? I think not. That's my goddamn childhood right there. We can even do it as a halftime show instead of watching people aimlessly grab for money. GIVE ME DMX,
UB Naked Guy- It seems as if away arenas aren't big fans of Naked Guy and I'm not sure why. I've seen him get in trouble at Niagara and now Ford Field just to name a few places. Seems very closed-minded if you ask me, we are in 2018 folks we have to let people live. I'm not sure I have too many great reasons why Naked Guy would be a good Anthem singer, but at the same time I know Naked Guy would be an awesome Anthem singer. The crowd would go BONKERS if they see those bare thighs at half court before the game. I'm saying it now, there's not a chance we lose a game when Naked Guy sings the National Anthem. #GiveNakedGuyAShot
*It's safe to assume that Naked Guy does the half-court shot on senior night right? That's must see TV right there.*
Rebecca Grant- My final, and probably most realistic option is one that most of you are probably not familiar with. Quite frankly, I'm not too familiar with her either. But I sure would like to be (Sup, Rebecca? BTW my name is Shy Guy). She is one of the more active endorsers of UB and is quick to tweet about the Bulls after a big win.
So what qualifies her you might be asking? Well she has been in movies, films and has hosted several shows. She isn't camera shy and won't crack under pressure. I did some research and I saw this video on her Instagram and I was sold. I'm all in on her coming to our games and performing the National Anthem for us. She's got talent folks and loves UB, that's what we need to move forward.
Other Names Considered:
Rob Gronkowski- Usually comes back to Buffalo in the offseason and would be an entertaining option for sure.
Khalil Mack- Pay him in Elmo's wings and he'll come back to Buffalo to do just about anything.
CJ Massinburg- This guy plays the drums, the piano and hits 3's. You're telling me he can't sing?
Fans Sing Anthem- This is a popular one and always is a play.
****Vontae Davis- Actually nevermind on this one. He'd probably get halfway through and forget the words or just walk off the court.
Nathan Peterman- A good backup option who just needs to be given a chance. (Lol)
Oats petitioned for Andy Katz's daughter for a game or two but we need more singers. My list should help bring light to this issue and hopefully bring us some more solid candidates.