(no reunion this weekend, Rockies fans)

Sports journalism’s no.1 Jim Ross tribute act, Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News on Major League Baseball’s pick to sing the National Anthem prior to Game 3.

Dick and Charlie Monfort, the Rockies general partnership, are active in the beef industry. Their grandfather, Warren Monfort, and father, Ken Monfort, created Greeley-based Monfort Inc., which was one of the largest meat-packing companies in the world. It is now a part of Swift Co.

Carrie Underwood, meanwhile, was voted “world™s sexiest vegetarian,” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in 2007, the second time she has been selected for the award. She also is a supporter of the Humane Society of the United States, which has taken stands against the beef industry, rodeo and hunting.

She recently deleted a link to the HSUS Web site from her official Web site.

Rockies officials said they were not consulted on the decisions about who would sing the national anthem. “Major League Baseball told us who the singers would be,” said Jay Alves, Rockies vice president of communications.