NFC North: Jim Cornelison

What's stronger? Public conviction or corporate synergy? Usually we wouldn't have to spend another sentence answering that Big Question.

Well, score one for Everyday Man this week. Amid howls of protest from the Chicago Bears and their fans -- and really, anyone who has heard Jim Cornelison sing -- the NFL and Fox reversed an earlier decision and agreed to install Cornelison as the national anthem performer before Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field.

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Jerry Lai/US PresswireJim 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.

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