Top of the morning, Jan. 2, 2014
Something to get you going today, courtesy executive editor Jim Rossow.
As a national anthem performer, Daniel Borup gets around. The 23-year-old Uni High and University of Illinois grad — whose story we told in Wednesday's N-G — has belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner" more than 20 times before Illini athletic events, including 10 men's basketball games. A first-year grad student at Stanford, Borup did the anthem at a Cardinal's men's basketball game in November and is scheduled to sing before a gymnastics meet in March.
Clearly a big man on campus, Borup has higher aspirations. His battle hymn bucket list:
NCAA tournament title game
"March Madness is my favorite couple of weeks of the sports year. I remember when Illinois played in it in 2005. I was a subfreshman at Uni and we watched the game at the Assembly Hall. That definitely would be a little nervy because it'd be my first time doing it on TV."
"I've been a Cubs fan since I was little. Wrigley is such an iconic place, it would be cool to go up there and be a part of it. Maybe I could sing before a Cubs' World Series game, but I don't think that's in the cards anytime soon."
"That's the obvious choice — and pretty awesome. The one thing about the Super Bowl, there's a prop bet on how long the anthem is going to be. That would be different to be a part of something that is going to cost people millions of dollars."