Jim Cornelison will once again sing the national anthem Sunday at Soldier Field.
The original plan called for Chicago native Lee DeWyze, the 2010 winner of Fox's "American Idol," to sing the anthem. But the Bears and their fans advocated strongly for Cornelison, who is the Chicago Blackhawks' full-time anthem singer and offered a rousing version before last Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.
DeWyze will perform at halftime instead, giving everyone a slice of the pie.
Cornelison is an opera singer who has been performing at Blackhawks games since 1996. I've heard his anthem before, but his performance last Sunday -- combined with the stage and gravity of the game -- forced chills on even the most hardened souls at Soldier Field.
Typically at sporting events, fans are quiet during a good performance and restless during a shaky one. Last Sunday, they cheered throughout Cornelison's rendition. Even through the glass of the press box, it was an awesome moment. This compromise is encouraging and should work for everyone.
And if you think of it, make sure you have the volume up during the pregame broadcast. You won't want to miss this. Trust me.