The SEC was limited to five games last weekend thanks to bye weeks and the canceled hurricane game. The announcers who took part still managed to produce memorable moments.
“Uncle Verne” and Gary Danielson called a Tennessee game for the third weekend in a row. Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer’s game was rescheduled to Sunday afternoon thanks to worries about Hurricane Matthew. The Joe Tessitore Effect failed to make an impact on Saturday night, too.
Check out some of the top broadcast storylines from last weekend.
Musburger is everyone’s favorite gambler, oftentimes making clear through his voice which team he bet on before the game. With Georgia up 21-14 and South Carolina attempting an onside kick, it seemed obvious which team Musburger dropped money on.
Rather than just recover the kick, Georgia’s Terry Godwin grabbed the ball and ran for a 43-yard touchdown. UGA fans believe you can hear dejection in his voice when it happens because South Carolina was a 7.5-point underdog.
— GATA Dawgs (@BassinDawg) October 9, 2016
Musburger must have had Carolina and the points. Classic.
— Roy Philpott (@RoyPhilpott) October 9, 2016
Musburger is so mad that the onside kick cost him money
— Alex Adams (@Alex_731) October 9, 2016
Laughing so hard at Brent Musburger's call on that onside kick TD. He was so dejected. Had to be on South Carolina +7.5.
— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) October 9, 2016
Danielson’s pixie dust
Verne Lundquist and Danielson get the top SEC game of the weekend, which means the pair called the Texas A&M-Tennessee matchup last Saturday afternoon. The pair have called multiple Volunteers games in a row, with marquee games against Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M in consecutive weeks.
Tennessee has been one of the luckiest teams in college football through the first six weeks of the season. That nearly continued last Saturday. The Volunteers were down 14 with minutes to go, but Danielson continuously mentioned that the Volunteers have “pixie dust” and that Texas A&M blew a lead against UCLA.
Gary Danielson is trying SO HARD to jinx Texas A&M here.
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) October 8, 2016
SAY PIXIE DUST ONE MORE TIME AND I WILL NEED MY FADE GARY DANIELSON
— Bric4Real (@MasonBric) October 9, 2016
gary danielson has a minimum of 1,000 dollars on tennessee.
— oscarwildecat (@oscarwildecat1) October 9, 2016
Of course, Texas A&M promptly went down the field before Trayveon Williams fumbled the ball through the back of the end zone. Tennessee took the touchback and quickly scored a touchdown to force overtime. The Aggies won in the end, but people still took notice.
I am blaming Gary Danielson because it feels good
— cuppycup (@cuppycup) October 9, 2016
“Uncle Verne” and Danielson will have Tennessee for a fourth week in a row on Saturday when the No. 9 Volunteers host No. 1 Alabama.
(Gary Danielson writing pleading letter to Alabama after furiously making out with Tennessee for three straight weeks)
— Rhett (@SideshowRhett) October 9, 2016
Most of this column ends up criticizing broadcasters for their mistakes, but ESPN announcer Todd Blackledge deserves credit for helping fans read a coverage before a play. Both teams lined up in goal-line sets. Alabama spread Calvin Ridley out to the weak side and found himself in a 1-on-1 situation inside the 5-yard line with an Arkansas cornerback.
Blackledge immediately recognized the mismatch and used the telestrator to point out the lack of safety help over the top. Of course, Alabama went right to Ridley and easily scored a touchdown.
Good live call with the telestrator by ESPN's Todd Blackledge. Saw lack of coverage pic.twitter.com/gaWP73kYEf
— HogStats.com (@HogStats) October 9, 2016
Good announcers are able to analyze what happens during games, but great ones are able to explain what teams are about to do before it comes.
— Scott Jones (@ftrmnstr) October 9, 2016
But because it’s the internet, people still were mad online.
@espn please fire Todd blackledge
— Henry S Mullins III (@mullinshenrys) October 9, 2016