Morris, who is in her first season as an anthem singer, faced the issue twice as the technical staff handed her a second mic which also did not work.
It is always heartwarming to see how a group of strangers can come together to help improve a difficult situation. Fans of the Canadian ice hockey team Maple Leafs stepped in as huge support for anthem singer, Natalie Morris, on March 13 after her microphone went blank due to a technical issue at Scotiabank Arena, reports The Star.
The fans realized the issue soon after Morris started singing the U.S. national anthem ahead of the match between Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres. There was a crowd of more than 18,000 people, and they immediately picked up the words and helped the singer finish the anthem.
rivals but brothers ♥️— Northern Sabres Boi (@Buffaletsgo) March 13, 2023
Morris, who is in her first season as an anthem singer, faced technical issues twice as the staff handed her a second mic which also did not work. She sang right till the end with the crowd who helped changed an awkward moment into a triumphant situation that brought smiles across the arena. Ironically, Sabres is the only professional sports team to play the Canadian anthem at all of its home games, and it seems fitting that the incident happened when they were playing against Maple Leafs.
The tech crew was able to restore the sound by the time the Canadian anthem was sung. Moreover, a few minutes into the game, the broadcast team replayed the crowd's rendition of the anthem and called it "the highlight of the night."
The video of the incredible show of camaraderie was shared by the official page of Maple Leafs on Twitter. People were in awe of how the fans helped out the singer. Twitter user, @bowden2you, commented: "That was so awesome! Buffalo is my second favorite team so this was really sweet." @hockeyrob_9 wrote, "On behalf of this American who religiously watches @hockeynight every week that @NHLNetwork airs it, I say: thank you! Respectful [and] impressive."
During the game, the Toronto Maple Leafs were ahead of the Buffalo's in the first 40 minutes and entered the final frame with a 2-1 lead, but in the final frame, the Buffalo's won with a score of 4-3, reports Yahoo Sports Canada.
In a similar story, the music suddenly stopped during the Cheers Athletics Panthers' performance at the NCA All-Star National Championship venue on February 25. More than 10,000 cheerleaders from rival teams began to count 3..5..7..5 and repeated it until they finished their routine. The performance was posted on Tiktok by @magenreaves. People on the social media platform appreciated the sportsmanship of these cheerleaders.
User @theravenvesta commented, "People really underestimate the sportsmanship in cheer. It's a community. It's not like what you see in the movies with the cattiness," and @kkaykkayann said, "The way they didn't even hesitate, they heard the music stop and immediately started counting. I have no background in cheer but this was amazing to see."
Another user, @close_ _chaos commented, "This literally gave me chills. They say cheer isn't a sport! Please. This was the epitome of sportsmanship! Class act! Pure badass!" while @steeze365daily wrote, "The epitome of 'the show must go on.'" @alexis_lee33 commented, "Me crying and feeling proud and I have nothing to do with cheerleading."