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10/19/2007 01:00:00 PM
Favorite 'Unconventional' Announcer Moments
Jimmy Kimmel won't see the 'Monday Night Football' booth anytime soon.
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
This week on Monday Night Football, Jimmy Kimmel managed to accomplish something Monday Night Football hasn't seen in a while: Humor. Kimmel was eventually "banned" from Monday Night Football for his efforts, probably because it was intentional. But if Kimmel had accidentally dropped a curse word or said something inappropriate, he'd be celebrated and would live on the internet forever. Here are some of our favorite sports announcer moments...
1. Steve Levy: The normally unflappable ESPN anchor once described a player with a back problem as having a "bulging d---." OK, but what does that have to do with his back? His Wikipedia page blames this on a teleprompter typo. Thing that Wikipedia page was edited by someone in Bristol?
2. Suzyn Waldman: When the Yanks were knocked from the postseason a few weeks ago, Waldman couldn't contain her emotions and started shedding tears during the postgame show while discussing the future of Joe Torre.
She's probably in mourning today.
4. Brian Kinchen: The former LSU wideout was calling a Northen Illinois/Iowa blockbuster on ESPNU when he decided to break down the mechanics of catching a football pass. After using words like "hard," "stiff" and "caress," he muttered, "that's kinda gay." Listen for the terrific pause from the play-by-play guy immediately afterwards.
5. I couldn't find out this guy's name, but this is a terrific clip. Love his initial reaction of complete disbelief.
What are some of your favorite announcing disasters? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
Years ago, Chris Evert came off the court to find at Wimbeldon to find Bud Collins waiting for her. Bud asked her one of his typical crazy questions and Chris responded something like, "You know somebody earlier asked me that question and it was about the stupidest question I've ever heard... wait a minute! It was you, Bud!"
Legendary University of Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson has been the Georgia announcer for so long that many forget that he was once (in the early-mid 1960's) the voice of the Vanderbilt Commodores. At the end of one of Munson's Vanderbilt Basketball broadcasts, Munson remarked "You know, this is one f--k of a way to make a living"---- not realizing that he was still on the air.
allen iverson being called a little monkey during a georgetown game.
i cant remember the specific college football game. a player severely broke his leg. and you can hear the commentator screaming to production, "DONT SHOW IT, DONT SHOW IT!!!" as the camera kept zooming in.
I remember a great one from about 10 or so years ago. Marv Albert and Walt Frazier were doing play by play on MSG for a Knicks-Mavs game. The 2 of them started to talk about AC Green (who was on the Mavs at the time) and Frazier said out of nowhere "Green doesn't believe in fornication." Green at the time was a virgin who did not believe in sex until marriage. Anyway, the awkwardness that followed was classic. If there's a clip of it somplace floating around on the internet it'd definitely be worth watching!
Not to mention Steiner's great comeback - "That was by Francis Scott Off-Key."
A classic from Chris Schenkel covering a college game where a black receiver was doing an end zone dance: "Look at that jig!"
Also necessary - Tom Brookshier asking a five-minute question of Duane Thomas about his quickness and his displaying it and on and on and on...and Thomas merely answered "evidently."
One more - Alex Hawkins during his short (for reasons that will become obvious) stint as a CBS color man and noting that a player was playing with a broken hand: "I played with two broken hands once, and when you have to go to the bathroom like that, you find out who your real friends are."
Does anybody here remember this one?...Back around '01-'02, during a Chicago Bears broadcast...the game was being announced by Dick Stockton with a female sideline reporter (can't remember the name). In any case, the Bears had just won a close game and the sideline reporter was interviewing then-coach Dick Jauron. After the interview she says, and I quote, "Thanks Dick, now back to Dick. Two Dick's, Wow!"
How about Howard Cosell commenting on the Redskins' Alvin Garrett, on MNF in 1983, saying "look at that little monkey go". He stepped down from MNF after that year. I don't believe it was racially motivated whatsoever but just a poor choice of words on his part.
I'm far from a fan, but you do realize that she and Joe Torre went through Cancer at the same time together? It's a bit incensitive to not realize that this sort of connection could have made her emotional on his last day with the team.
Harry Caray commenting during Cubs game. During a shot of a young couple in the crowd where they were kissing quite a bit,Harry says he kisses her between the strikes and she kisses him between the balls...
There was a clip floating around on the internet last month of a newscast. The sports commentator was reporting good news about Bills player Kevin Everett, unfortunately the clip being showed was of a man being wheeled into a courtroom in handcuffs. Right as he said "Everett moved his legs today for the first time since being indjured" the defendant kicked at one of the police officers in front of him, and a melee ensued.
You've got to check out Boston Red Sox announcers Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy spending half an inning analyzing the "ugly, ugly sight" of a near-brawl in the stands after a piece of pepperoni pizza was fired at an unsuspecting fan.
Rick Barry and Bill Russell were broadcasting an NBA game. Cut to an archive photo of a smiling Bill Russell. Barry then referred to Russell's "watermelon grin." Russell clammed up, barely spoke the rest of the game.