'Couldn't get over it': Granger singer apologizes for anthem flub at Notre Dame game

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

Being in the moment, all that matters is having the opportunity to deliver, and then delivering.

Don’t do it, regardless of the reason, and everything else seems empty.

Todd Stearns feels empty. For the first time in 30 years of singing the national anthem, the 57-year-old didn’t deliver Saturday.

It bothered him. It ate at him. For two days and nights, he wondered why what happened had happened. How Saturday unfolded as it did when he stood in front of 9,000 spectators before a Notre Dame women’s basketball game at Purcell Pavilion and froze.

Two lines into the anthem, Stearns locked up. It was as if someone had pushed his reset button and he required a few minutes to return to full capacity. But Stearns didn’t have a few minutes. He had only seconds to keep going.

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Todd Stearns performs the national anthem before the Notre Dame women's basketball game Saturday in South Bend. Photo Provided/MICHAEL BENNETT