Aretha Franklin opened the Thanksgiving NFL game between the Vikings and the Lions with an extended rendition of the Star Spangled Banner that lasted a dazzling 4 minutes and 35 seconds.

It started off with her fixing her mic. And then it seemed as though she was improvising on the piano. She swirled around with her notes. She went as far as to repeat a lot of the lines, like “the home of the brave”. That was like the longest ending to a song ever.

Fans are divided about the performance, with some saying it was too long while others feel it was just right. But it seemed as though the footballers were feeling it.

In my opinion, no one could really sing along and get into it. And she couldn’t really hit those high notes. She kind of sounded like my cat when I accidentally step on his tail. But it wasn’t all bad. Her fur jacket was on point – sorry PETA – and she can play the piano extremely well.

The Ringer (@ringer) writes:

“Bad news: Football is cancelled
Good news: 13-hour Aretha Franklin concert. Leave it on through dinner. Everybody will love it.”
Aretha Franklin National Anthem Thanksgiving Football, The Detroit Lions and The Vikings
Smoochie Middleton (@VinceBednarik) writes:

“Aretha: Let’s sing it short and sweet, just like we rehearsed

Inner Aretha: Drag it out till the Cowboys game”

Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) tweeted “Between Aretha’s national anthem and the family member that prays for 45 minutes, we ain’t eating until Saturday”

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