Re: Please stand for the beginning of the big game...
The anthem has an interesting history. Although it was written in 1814, it was not the National Anthem until 1916 (by Executive Order) and by Congressional Act in 1931. What really made it stick around was when it was played at baseball games during WWI as a show of patriotism and unity. Football and other sports followed suit, but it was baseball that really made it the National Anthem.