By Kate Ward
October 24, 2011 at 01:21 PM EDT

Think you escaped New Girl‘s quirky wrath, thanks to the World Series? Tough tator tots, tooter! In a scene that seemed more fit for a joke than real life (Nolan Ryan, George W. Bush, and Zooey Deschanel walk into a baseball stadium… ), New Girl darling Deschanel reminded viewers that her Fox hit is still alive — and picked up for a whole season — with a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Game 4 of the World Series. Though I’ve never been a fan of Deschanel’s She & Him tunes or the apparent belief that those with big eyes and bangs lead to vocal talent, the actress still pulled off the challenging National Anthem last night. And, despite the fact that I’m admittedly hard on the actress and her new sitcom, I have to respect the bravery behind the National Anthem feat — it’s certainly not easy to sing a song performed expertly by some of the music industry’s most talented, especially when your vocals haven’t been heard by 99 percent of the population outside of a Cotton ad ( …or Elf or (500) Days. Good call, commenters!). Watch the performance after the jump, and tell us how you think Deschanel did!

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