The only thing more dramatic than the Lions' 16-13 fourth-quarter win over the Vikings on Thursday was Aretha Franklin's rendition of the national anthem.
Actually, "dramatic" might not be the best word to use to describe Franklin's performance. "Never-ending" would probably work better after Franklin somehow managed to belt the anthem out for a full four minutes and 35 seconds.
To put that into perspective, oddsmakers usually expect the national anthem at the Super Bowl to run for roughly two minutes. Franklin doubled that, plus some, and let's just say people on Twitter weren't amused.
After Franklin was done singing, the jokes started flying.
There were football jokes.
Due to the length of Aretha Franklin's national anthem... Both teams have to warm up again. Kick off pushed back half hour #figureitout— D Durkin (@D_Durkin) November 24, 2016
The ref should throw a delay of game flag at Aretha Franklin for this National Anthem. #thanksgivingthursday— AJ Burman (@BurmanAJ) November 24, 2016
Due to Aretha Franklin's national anthem, kickoff for the Vikings Lions game has been pushed back to 4:25— Jake Berger (@Jake_Berger) November 24, 2016
There were Colin Kaepernick jokes.
Kaepernick would've developed arthritis in his knee for kneeling so long if the 49ers were playing while Aretha Franklin sang the anthem— Brock (@BrockOgami) November 24, 2016
If Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the Aretha Franklin version of the National Anthem, he'd need an orthopedic surgeon to stand again.— Dubsism (@Dubsism) November 24, 2016
There were Thanksgiving jokes.
I cooked my whole turkey, ate and did the dishes during Aretha Franklin's National Anthem performance.— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) November 24, 2016
when aretha franklin started singing the national anthem, we were cutting the turkey. By the time she finished we were opening presents smh— psyche$nelic (@SnelbangTheGoat) November 24, 2016
Turkey's gettin' cold, Aretha.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) November 24, 2016
There were presidential jokes.
I call Aretha Franklin the Abe Lincoln of singing the National Anthem cuz she started four score and seven years ago.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) November 24, 2016
Before Aretha Franklin sang the National Anthem— shauna (@goldengateblond) November 24, 2016
After Aretha Franklin sang the National Anthem pic.twitter.com/EaMF1CctzB
There were even Johnny Manziel jokes.
Aretha Franklin had a longer NFL career than Johnny Manziel.— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin's national anthem lasted longer than Johnny Manziel's career— Andre Magaro (@andre_magaro) November 24, 2016
There was also a time of possesion joke at the end of the first half.
Time of possession battle is crucial. pic.twitter.com/EZVC53fVeD— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) November 24, 2016
And a joke about starting a family.
Bro I got married and had a child and Aretha Franklin still isn't done— netflix & just chill (@JustChillin247) November 24, 2016
On the other hand, maybe we should stop complaining. The Vikings-Lions halftime show of Andy Grammer sent Twitter on another firestorm.
This nonsense lasted 30 seconds longer then Aretha. Happy now? pic.twitter.com/LyVYWyUkM4— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) November 24, 2016
I'm not thankful for whatever Andy Grammer is doing on my TV...— Ted (@tlschwerz) November 24, 2016
Hasn't Detroit been through enough without subjecting its holidays to Andy Grammer?— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) November 24, 2016
After watching Grammer's performance, maybe we shouldn't complain about Aretha.
Aretha Franklin is pretty far up at the top of the list of folks who can take however long they want with the national anthem.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) November 24, 2016
If you missed Franklin's performance, you can see it below.