CBS announcer Jim Nantz performed the latest version of the good ol’ announcer kicker jinx.
Late in the third quarter of the Detroit Lions-Buffalo Bills Thanksgiving game, Detroit sent out kicker Michael Badgley for a short 29-yard field goal attempt.
This was even shorter than an extra point attempt, and with no weather conditions to worry about in an indoor stadium, what could possibly go wrong for Badgley? Oh, you know, just the aforementioned announcer jinx.
It wasn’t a fumbled snap or a blocked kick. Badgley just so happened to miss wide left, keeping the Buffalo lead at 19-14.
It’s probably not a good time to note that before this attempt, Badgley had never missed a field goal in the 20-29 range. He was a perfect 26-for-26 in his career, including 5-5 for this season (split with the Chicago Bears and the Lions).
Not only that, but Badgley came into this game with a perfect field goal percentage, having made all 10 attempts on the year. He was also 12-for-12 on extra points.
The announcer-kicker jinx has been well-documented for a long time. So next time an announcer voices confidence in your team’s kicker ahead of a field goal attempt, always prepare for the worst.
That’s just how the announcer jinx works.