Sports Announcer Fails That Will Make You LOL

Sean Evans@@seanseaevansContributor IIINovember 13, 2013

Sports Announcer Fails That Will Make You LOL

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    An announcer has the power to magnify the greatest moments in sports. Legends like Howard Cossell, Jack Buck and Al Michaels vaunt some of the most recognizable soundbites in American history. 

    However, for every "Down goes Frazier!" there are thousands of accidental curse words and flagrantly over-the-top reactions. This list, as you might guess, focuses on the latter. 

Sideline Reporting Isn't as Easy as It Looks

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    Broadcast schools throughout the country are littered with outtakes from visibly shaken student journalists.

    But unfortunately for sideline reporter aspirant/horrified goofball Jon Jankowski, this clip leaked its way through Kent State's narrowcast to the World Wide Web.

    This is why you don't chug a Four Loko before your live shot.

"Nuts and Bolts, We Got Screwed!"

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    A bad call robs Abington High School of a defensive score and triggers a psychotic, Sam Kinison-like reaction from the press box.

    If you're this emotionally vested in a football game between teenagers, it's definitely time to find a new hobby.

    That being said, this is a much more entertaining color commentary than anything you'll find on a network.

"It's Like No One Here Has Worked in TV Before"

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    *Warning NSFW language

    Chris Berman, of all people, should know that you can't berate your underlings while the camera's rolling, even during a commercial break.

    The ESPN talking head-turned-irate despot learned a valuable lesson about archived material when this heated exchange with his Monday Night Football production crew ended up on the Internet. 

Epic Hockey Brawl Gets the Saddest Play-by-Play Ever

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    Close your eyes and picture a heavily medicated Ned Flanders doing play-by-play for one of the most incredible hockey brawls in history.

    Now, click on this video for an uncanny reflection of your imagination.

Tito Ortiz Has a Hard Time Speaking

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    Behold, a hard-hitting question from MMA fighter-turned-renowned sports journalist Tito Ortiz:

    "I wanna tell me what you see, let's go ahead and see, by the fight, what you saw in the ring?"

    The debilitating effects of repeated roundhouse kicks to the face have never been so apparent. 

"And There Ain't No Flags!"

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    These announcers have about as much composure as Gary Busey at Burning Man Festival, but—in their defense—this is an unbelievable touchdown.

    Enjoy this moment, Matthew Showalter; it's all downhill from here.

"Danny Hart Is on the Fun of His Life!"

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    Energy drinks and extreme sports go together like Maury Povich and DNA results, but someone should really keep an eye on how much Red Bull is being funneled in the press box.

    It's nice to see that graduates from the Jim Cramer School of Broadcasting are getting work, though.

James Bates Needs a Seatbelt

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    In this day and age, it's nearly impossible for a television personality to go a year without becoming a humiliating GIF or YouTube sensation.

    Welcome to the club, Mr. Bates.

Hawk Harrelson Goes Totally Hawk Harrelson on an Umpire

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    Ken "The Hawk" Harrelson is the White Sox play-by-play man. He also happens to be a charmingly insane loose cannon.

    Hawk's made plenty of headlines for his irate rants over the years, but none compare to the unrelenting vitriol he directs at home plate umpire Mark Wegner in this clip.

You Had One Job...

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    Every emcee's worst nightmare is blanking with a hot microphone.

    If you're having a rough day at the office, watch this clip and be thankful that your workplace gaffe won't live for eternity on YouTube. 

"Hawks Win! Hawks Win!"

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    Marist High School caps off a furious fourth-quarter comeback with a late-game three-pointer, and the team’s announcer reacts like he's going down a Slip 'N Slide drunk.

    Combine this guy's passion for basketball with his uninhibited jubilee and you have the recipe for a spot-on Ronald Isley impression.

    So...there's that.

Gordon Beckham Ruins Hawk Harrelson's Night

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    You know it's a rough year for the Chicago White Sox when Hawk Harrelson is saying, "You gotta be bleeping me," more often than "He gone!" and "You can put it on the board...yes!" 

    Needless to say, Harrelson did a lot of self-censoring this season.

    This three-minute clip encapsulates the 2013 Chicago White Sox with the spiritless utterances of a beaten announcer.

Will Ferrell Introduces the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets

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    The only "fail" here is not employing Will Ferrell to do player introductions every night.

    And I saw Bewitched, so I know this guy can be bought.

    Adam Silver's first order of business as NBA commissioner should involve a phone call to Ferrell's agent and an eight-figure contract offer.


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    Wow, shout out to Marist High School in Chicago, Ill. for having two entries on this list.

    Whether it's a concerted effort to market Marist with viral clips or because the school hires former WWE wrestlers to call its sporting events, I wholeheartedly admire the Red Hawks spirit.

    Stay with this video until the end because the "Pyrotechnics!" finale is just as moving as Al Michaels' "Do you believe in miracles?" call from 1980 Winter Olympics.