Saturday marked one of the best weeks of SEC football. Texas A&M managed to take care of Arkansas and established its place in the SEC West. Tennessee also beat Florida for the first time since 2004.
With all the storylines surrounding the games, there were several memorable calls and stories from the broadcasters this weekend. As expected, most were positive, but there was some strong backlash to the call on a notable play that ended up getting one of the conference’s favorite coaches fired.
Check out some of the top broadcaster storylines from the past weekend:
Callaway’s boneheaded play
There were more than a few negative plays for Florida in its first loss to Tennessee in 11 years, but one stood out. With only a couple minutes left in the game, Tennessee punted the ball to star Florida receiver and punt returner Antonio Callaway.
Rather than try to return the ball or let it bounce harmlessly into the end zone for a touchback, Callaway called a fair catch and tiptoed the goal line to barely settle the ball at the 2-yard line. It was the second such play Callaway had that game, but he fumbled the other inside the five.
While many fans were frustrated, Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson went all in on Callaway’s mistake. “What in the world?!” both announcers exclaimed.
— ScoringThreat222 (@ScoringThreat22) September 24, 2016
Capital of streaking
While Uncle Verne had a strong moment reacting to Callaway, he was not done. Just a few minutes later, when Tennessee was kneeling the game out, he got on the topic of the 11-game win streak that was ending before our eyes. For reasons that remain clear to only Verne, it reminded him of a conversation he had the night before.
Verne Lundquist randomly talking about streaking and then trying to justify it just made my day.
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) September 24, 2016
Yes, Verne Lundquist managed to relate a win streak back to streaking, which he called one of the main sports for students in the 1970s. Lundquist told a story of how, apparenrtly, legendary journalist Walter Cronkite referred to Knoxville, Tenn., as the capital of streaking.
As you can imagine, Twitter had a strong reaction to Verne’s story.
This Verne Lundqvist Walter Knrokite-streaking story is what commentary is all about
— Nick Menta (@NickMentaGC) September 24, 2016
"Knoxville, TN: American Capital of Streaking in the 1970s" is why Verne should not retire
— Andy (@andytaylor6) September 24, 2016
Now Verne is talking about streaking.
Someone bring me cookies and tequila.
— Summer (@PolitikMasFina) September 24, 2016
Verne Lundquist talking about streaking during this #UFvsTENN game takes a tiny ounce of sting out of it.
— jess. (@jessica5nelson) September 24, 2016
Messing up a moment
The end of the Auburn-LSU game was one for the ages. Now ex-LSU coach Les Miles mismanaged the clock and left only one second on the clock with no timeouts. The team was lackadaisical getting to the line, but it appeared they snapped the ball and threw a game-winning touchdown pass.
As the score went to instant replay review, there were plenty of people angry about how lead analyst Rod Gilmore saw the play.
Am I the only one not surprised that Rod Gilmore didn't even mention or notice that the QB looked to be past the line of scrimmage #LSUvsAUB
— Matt Vaughn (@MattVaughn1) September 25, 2016
my question is this, video shows 0:00 and second the QB was BEYOND the LOS when he threw the ball! Watch and comment on that!
— Glen Knight (@GlenKnight6) September 25, 2016
I still dont get how Rod Gilmore said that Lsu play was good after watching the replay, the clock was at 0 and the ball wasn't snapped
— Rob Hudenko Ⓜ️ (@robh187) September 25, 2016
Of course, Auburn fans took that to mean that Gilmore was simply biased against their favorite school.
@RodGilmore Sorry the refs got it right tonight. Your over the top LSU lovefest was tough to stomach tonight. Impartiality in the future…
— Scott Watson (@tigerswatson) September 25, 2016
@RodGilmore Worst play by play in a long time by you. You trashed AU all night. We won. Ha
— Greg Black (@gregblack27) September 25, 2016