Mark Sanchez’ first mistake was doing karaoke, his second mistake was singing Backstreet Boys, and his third mistake was asking a stranger to sing it with him.
Because now a challenge has been issued.
“The story apparently is that some guy was at the bar, and Mark Sanchez tapped him and was like, ‘Sing with me,’” SI.com’s Tiffany Oshinsky explained in-studio on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “And the guy was like, ‘What? Mark Sanchez wants me to sing Backstreet Boys with him?’ So he started singing and he’s like, ‘How am I not filming this?’ So he brought out his phone to try to film it. Sanchez didn’t like that because in the video you see him cover his hand on the phone, and that’s when the video stops.”
The fan, however, still posted the video of Sanchez belting “I Want It That Way.”
“This little snippet was kind of awful, not gonna lie,” Oshinsky said. “But that’s what karaoke is, and I loved it.”
Indeed, karaoke is all about embracing the bad.
“You have to accept it, especially when you are bad,” Oshinksy said. “That’s the best karaoke singer – the people who just got out there and live for the moment and sing their heart out no matter what.”
That’s when Oshinsky got an idea.
“I was like, you know what? I want to sing Backstreet Boys with Mark Sanchez, but I want to make it a challenge and I want to see who’s better,” she said. “I want to see what the fans think. So I made a Youtube video basically declaring my challenge: Mark Sanchez, I want to go head-to-head with you in the ultimate Backstreet Boys karaoke challenge, and I’ve been going and trying to use social media – and now you – to help me get it out there. So I’ve been tying to go the Internet way and hoping that somehow this will get to him and Mark Sanchez will be like, ‘You know what? All right.’
“I think it would be an amazing fundraising event for whatever charity he would want to do it for, whether it’s just raising money for CHOP – the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – or if he has a charity that he puts his name to. Whatever it may be, I just think it would be a great way for him to raise money and have fun because that’s what karaoke is all about.”
There’s just one problem: Oshinsky is a Steelers fan.
“I am,” she admitted.
And Sanchez is an Eagles quarterback.
“Pennsylvania unity,” she deadpanned.
Team allegiances aside, Oshinsky thinks the karaoke will challenge would be a fun, interactive event and a way to give back to people in need.
“I want fans to be there,” she said. “I want fans to cheer. I want them to support him, especially the Philadelphia area where the team is so different this year. Get behind your team before the season starts. Let’s do this. It’s a fun thing.”
Sanchez is awful at karaoke. That we know. But what about Oshinsky?
“You know, I’m not bad,” she said, brushing her shoulders off. “I’m not the best singer. I’m a mediocre singer. But I think it’s the passion, which is why I loved Sanchez’ performance. I’m a karaoke enthusiast. I’m willing to sing anywhere, anytime.”