29 May UCF fans take issue with Las Vegas Golden Knights’ national anthem twist
The Las Vegas Golden Knights’ elaborate Stanley Cup Finals pregame ceremony got national attention Monday, but many UCF Knights fans on social media took issue with another aspect of the festivities.
After an light show involving a Knight and sword fighting, Carnell Jones stepped forward to sing the national anthem.
Late in the anthem, Jones modified his rendition of the line, “Gave proof through the night.”
Jones didn’t sing the word “night” and fans in the arena instead shouted “Knights” in unison.
This, of course, is one of UCF’s longest running traditions and one Knight fans believe make them unique.
UCF played its first football game in 1979 and the tradition of fans shouting the word “Knights” began early in the program’s development.
The chant could be heard during national broadcasts throughout UCF’s undefeated 2017 season, including ahead of the Knights’ big Peach Bowl win over Auburn.
Imitation may be a form of flattery, but UCF fans want to be sure no one assumes the Las Vegas NHL expansion team came up with the idea first.
Here are a few reactions from UCF fans:
While UCF fans may not have appreciated the anthem, no one seemed to object to highlighting the Golden Knights’ mascot during the pregame show that had the feel of a Vegas show. Take a closer look at the ceremony that generated buzz on social media: