Calling a game from the booth is hard. You have to keep fans entertained, paint the picture of what is happening on the field, but avoid talking too much and annoying the viewers.
It’s a delicate balance that takes time to learn. Right, Tony Romo?
But above all else, you have to announce what is actually happening on the field. On this particular call in the Eastern Michigan vs. Toledo game, the announcer went off the script.
If you were only listening to the broadcast, you’d of had a very different impression of what had just happened on the field.
To make matters even more confusing, he not only disregards what happens during the game, but also completely ignores his broadcast partner. After the announcer who was actually watching the game accurately describes the missed kick, the second announcer comes in with way too much confidence and misinformation.
Not only does the second announcer say that the ball went “off the crossbar,” but also says that the kick ended up going through the uprights. None of those things happened, and with such a specific call, you can’t help but wonder if he was watching another game on TV and forgot what he was supposed to be doing.