And despite the fact that there weren't any major political moments associated with the song this time — the players seemed to stand, rather than taking the opportunity to kneel — there was still at least one buzzy moment of the show that gave audiences something to chew on.
Just as the introductory melody music began to cue up, Pink had to get rid of her wad of chewing gum so that all the singing could commence, and fans had a fit online.
Selling Pink's gum on eBay later tonight— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) February 4, 2018
Did I just see Pink remove her Gum to sing the national anthem of the USA 😂😂 what a woman!!!!!!— Noel Hunt (@Noelhunt20) February 4, 2018
I loved Pink already and then she slipped her gum out right before singing the national anthem and I loved her even more— Carly Lane (@carlylane) February 4, 2018
Pink's dropped gum will have a crucial role in the endgame here. It's the clear Chekhov's gun tonight.— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) February 4, 2018
Who knew Pink's chewing gum would become the secret MVP of the game this year?
Mostly, though, fans were impressed at how well she handled the lofty task of delivering the nation's symbolic song in front of such a large audience while she was under the weather — in more ways than one.
Pink, especially considering she has the flu...great job.— Jason Martin (@JMartOutkick) February 4, 2018
Man. @Pink If I could come even close to singing the anthem that well on the HEALTHIEST day of my life, I'd retire right then and there. You're unreal.— Corey Cott (@NapOnACott) February 4, 2018