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All sports announcers know that, while they must pay close attention to details—things like knowing the rosters and how to pronounce all the names correctly—it’s how they call the big plays that defines them. Nobody really remembers if Al Michaels could pronounce the names of all those Soviet hockey players back in 1980, or if the guy even knew the first thing about hockey. What they do remember is the greatest broadcasting call of all-time: “Do you believe in miracles? YES!”
So it behoves a sports announcer to develop a signature call so that he or she is fully prepared when big moments happen. Unfortunately, one problem with having a signature call burned into your brain and sitting on the tip of your tongue is that you might just end up jumping the gun.
You see where I’m going with this, right?
Last night, the Washington Wizards hosted the Detroit Pistons at the Verizon Center in DC, and the whole game came down to the final possession. With Detroit up 96-95 with 12.3 seconds left on the clock, Washington had possession of a ball in their own zone. Eventually, Trevor Ariza got the ball in the far corner of the court and threw up a last-second three-pointer, and Wizards play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz busted out his signature call, “DAGGER!”
Of course, the problem was that the ball didn’t go in. Ariza’s shot? Airball. However, it did graze the net, and apparently from Buckhantz’s perspective it looked like it went in. So he and his partner Phil Chenier went nuts. Then it took them a surprisingly long time to notice that the players were dejected and the fans silent, despite what they believed was a tremendous buzzer-beater victory.
In short, it was awkward and hilarious. Have a look:
As you can see, there were a lot of fans right behind the basket who also initially thought the ball went in. However, they realized right away what had actually happened. As for the guys at the broadcast table, let’s just say it took them a little longer.
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