Short of being stripped naked in the middle of the field, nothing could be more embarrassing than completely butchering the national anthem in a nationally televised event.
Living it is probably embarrassment enough, but thanks to YouTube and other online streaming sights, the performances can live on forever.
This year, Kelly Clarkson will give it a go in Super Bowl XLVI.
For all you prop-betters out there, BetUS says it will take Clarkson one minute and thirty four seconds to finish the anthem.
However, this can seriously be affected if she joins the long list of people who have messed it up in the past. Hopefully she can save herself and nail it.
Otherwise she will end up the subject of scrutiny like these five people. Let's take a look.