Last night, something pretty spectacular happened. Brett Kissel’s mic didn’t work, and he was forced to try and get the crowd to sing the Anthem. Without skipping a beat, the 18,000 strong at Rogers Place stepped up, in a big way.
Edmonton made national news that night, and international news this morning being on Global & CNN, and pretty much everywhere on social media. (Even TMZ covered it..)
It was phenomenal to watch on TV, and my initial reaction was, “This can’t be real, I can hear him just fine”. Of course his mic was working fine to be heard on TV sets round the world, but in Rogers, you couldn’t hear a thing. To quote my brother David Keppler who was at the game, “I guess we’ll just sing, because that’s the classy thing to do”.
— BRETT KISSEL (@BrettKissel) April 30, 2017
What bothered me after this though, was the amount of people who were calling it a P.R. Stunt. Even if it was, who cares? What do you have to gain, by calling this fake? Edmonton fans stepped up in a way that will put us in a positive light. That is ALL that should matter right now.
Why do I think (know) it wasn’t planned?
- It’s a MASSIVE gamble for the Oilers Entertainment Group to ‘ASSUME’ that everyone knows the American National Anthem.
- What happens if it just upsets everyone and a load of boos happen? This would put the OEG in a negative spotlight, and nobody wants to read a headline the following morning, ‘Mic failure, fans brawl at Rogers Arena’.
- Brett Kissel actually looked slightly flustered when the mic wasn’t working. Sure he was smiling, but I could see it in his eyes, he was sweating and wasn’t sure what to do for a split second, but he’s a pro and took it in stride.
- Do you know all of the words to the US national anthem? I barely do, and if I was asked to sing it, I’d screw it up and on the spot. (Unless you’re Fresh Radio Music Director Paul O’Neil, who has dual citizenship).
- I can’t really picture a meeting where someone says, “Hey let’s cut the mic, and have some international attention!”. Yes because that makes sense.
To back this up even more.. In-game host Ryan Jespersen had this to say,
So was I skeptical at first? Absolutely. Nobody just accepts that this would happen randomly. But it does. Technical glitches can happen all the time, this was the 4th home game for the Oilers in the playoffs, and things were running fairly smooth, problems were bound to happen. This was a small problem that could have been a ROYAL issue if the fans didn’t step up.
This was NOT a PR stunt.
If you think this was a PR stunt, you’re 100% wrong, end of story.
Edmonton, I love you.