Singers have been lucky charms… for the visitors

Martina McBride sings the national anthem before the Ravens-Titans game. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Martina McBride sings the national anthem. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The home teams for this weekend’s conference championship games breathed a sigh of relief when they learned that Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker would not be singing the national anthem. In the first-round of the playoffs, Rucker sang the National Anthem in Miami before the Ravens-Dolphins game. In the divisional playoffs, Rucker sang in Charlotte before the Cardinals-Panthers game. In both cases, the home team lost.

So with Rucker out of the picture this week, what is the key entertainment-related angle for the conference title games? How about this one: Country singer Martina McBride was in Nashville last Saturday to sing the national anthem before Baltimore’s win over the Titans. Now the Ravens go to Pittsburgh for the AFC title game, and McBride will be there as well to sing before the game. Guess Pittsburgh wasn’t superstitious about it.

As for the NFC title game, Arizona native Jordin Sparks will be singing the national anthem. But while she no doubt will be pulling for the home team, Eagles fans will be glad to know that Sparks was at the Meadowlands last week to perform prior to the Eagles’ win over the Giants. Sparks is the daughter of former Giants cornerback Phillippi Sparks.

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