The NBA All-Star Game was supposed to start at 8pm on Sunday night in America.
It ended up starting at 8:41.
But what’s more, the 41-minute pregame show wasn't particularly well received.
Fergie’s national anthem was ... well, just watch Draymond Green's reaction in the video above, and listen for yourself.
Draymond couldn’t help but break into laughter, and a number of other players weren't far off.
The internet collectively cringed as Fergie got deeper and deeper into it.
Vergie’s version was not only much-maligned; it was loooooooong. And when it finally did wrap up, the internet had its collective say:
Once the game started, LeBron James scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly-entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen 148-145.
Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem... pic.twitter.com/QQ3VXaBchT— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 19, 2018
Oh no, Fergie.. no, no, no..— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) February 19, 2018
fergie run it back— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) February 19, 2018
I need some olympics right now after watching Fergie destroy the National Anthem.— Jeff Smith (@jsmittyou) February 19, 2018
Hate to say it but if I’m on the committee in South Korea and I hear that Fergie national anthem, USA is disqualified from the rest of the Olympics.— Tommy Carver (@HarryTomC) February 19, 2018
Also, in the spirit of the Olympics and #Fergie's, um, "performance," this is a great opportunity to bring up Carl Lewis's rendition of the anthem. Enjoy and stay for Charlie Steiner's laugh. https://t.co/3mqZRiM9tL— Chris Katella (@senatorCK) February 19, 2018
Fergie chopped and screwed the anthem— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) February 19, 2018
fergie owe us all an apology— 45 Savage (@thenudequeen) February 19, 2018
I'm not so certain that went the way fergie thought it went— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) February 19, 2018
Even Carl Lewis thinks Fergie's anthem was trash.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) February 19, 2018
My ear after listening to Fergie “sing” that pic.twitter.com/w4pgp1PU6W— Roff-A (@MJK_NY31) February 19, 2018
For the first time in the 67 editions of the All-Star Game, the league abandoned the traditional East-West format used since 1951 and allowed team captains James and Stephen Curry to choose their own rosters.
That twist turned a sometimes staid event into the world's richest pickup game, and the intrigue was reflected on the Staples Center court, where a real basketball game broke out.
LeBron's team even won an All-Star game with defence: on the final possession, James and Kevin Durant blanketed Curry, preventing the three-point-shooting superstar from getting off a potential tying shot.