In a nail biting finish to Monday night’s national championship game in Atlanta, the University of Alabama bested the University of Georgia in overtime. Yes, the Crimson Tide has clinched yet another college football title.
While football fans rejoiced over the exciting game, the internet couldn’t get past the other spectacle at the sporting event. After all, how often do the worlds of the president of the United States, a huge rap star, and a superhero movie come together? The answer is never, and the internet loved every minute.
President Trump made an on-field appearance prior to kickoff. As the Zac Brown Band belted out the national anthem, the camera panned to Trump, who appeared to be struggling with the words. Hours before the game, Trump took to Twitter to tout the national anthem, saying the song, and the American flag, needed to be honored. “We want our flag respected,” the president wrote, “and we want our NATIONAL ANTHEM respected also!”
The irony was not lost on the internet.
A twist I did not see coming: Donald Trump does not know the words to the National Anthem #nationalchampionship
— Annie Selak (@aselak) January 9, 2018
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) January 9, 2018
— Chris Briano (@chrisbriano) January 9, 2018
Twitter also noted another ironic moment as Kendrick Lamar, who has been outspoken against Trump, took the stage to perform for the first ever halftime show at the national championship. While both figures were in the same building Monday night, the president conveniently scooted out during the rapper’s performance — and Lamar made no mention of Trump during his show.
Still, Twitter couldn’t let moment slide.
Every parent watching Kendrick Lamar right now… pic.twitter.com/ehUbvKbTVt
— Chase Padgett (@TheChasePadgett) January 9, 2018
Alabama fans watching Kendrick Lamar at halftime like pic.twitter.com/mpgWcDpeTn
— 8Six4 Hernan (@hernan_olvera) January 9, 2018
And finally, most people tuned in to Monday night’s game for, well the game of course, but others were excited for a separate reason: a new Black Panther trailer. The film will be released on Feb. 16, but fans were delighted to see more footage during the national championship.
— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) January 9, 2018
Wooo, those finished visual effects in that Black Panther trailer pic.twitter.com/8sgn8Jb2hQ
— I am sick (@TheMSeries1) January 9, 2018
— Christian Hall (@SpazzLion) January 9, 2018
Trump gets booed, Kendrick Lamar gets a standing ovation, and we get an exclusive preview of Black Panther. Good evening! #NationalChampionship
— Jemisha (@JemiSHaaaZzz) January 9, 2018
Well, @JemiSHaaaZzz’s tweet about sums the night up, doesn’t it?
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