No offense to Francis Scott Key, buried up in Rockville, but as national anthems go, “The Star Spangled Banner” may not be ideal. It lacks the musical drama of Russia’s
, the jauntiness of Brazil’s
, the stand-up-and-kick-those-Nazis-out-of-your-bar spirit of France’s
. (Not to mention the earnestness of Canada’s
.) Plus, its tune was originally a British drinking song. But you can’t start a sports event without it, and in D.C., who better to rile up the home fans and honor America at the same time than a guy with the same name as the city? A military contractor from Woodbridge and a church choir stalwart when he’s not on the field, Washington sings the anthem before D.C. United games, Washington Nationals games, and Washington Pigskins games. He does a pretty straightforward version, except for a little flourish at the end; he doesn’t slow the song down too much; and his name is D.C. Washington. Play ball!