Steven Tyler Delivers Not-So-Stellar National Anthem

Posted Sunday January 22, 2012 5:53 PM GMT

It certainly isn't receiving the reception that he'd hoped for, as Steven Tyler's rendition of the National Anthem has sparked a frenzy of criticism and derisive jokes in the world of Twitter.

The "American Idol" judge belted out a less-than-pleasant version of the Star Spangled Banner prior to kickoff at the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Sunday (January 22).

Eager for Steven to stop singing, SportsBizNews' Howard Bloom tweeted, "Is there any chance Ray Lewis can tackle Steven Tyler?"

Among the many others taking shots at Tyler was ABC News' Josh Elliott, who wrote, "Godawful anthem by Steven Tyler. Of FOX's 'American Idol.' To begin a game on CBS. (Who can we expect before Giants-49ers? Morley Safer?)"

Meanwhile, ESPN's Skip Bayless chimed in, "How could Patriots be inspired by that awful Anthem sung by Steven Tyler? At least give him some screaming guitars to camouflage voice."

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