The second game in last night’s Monday Night Football doubleheader was a total snoozefest, as the San Francisco 49ers beat the hell out of the Los Angeles Rams 28-0. The Rams punted a whopping 10 times, and they made only 10 first downs, which is not exactly a recipe for success.
Thankfully, Westwood One radio announcer Kevin Harlan was still able to provide his listeners with some entertainment. With 11:31 left in the ballgame, a 49ers fan decided to run across the field, and Harlan vividly described his exploits like he was running for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.
That was an absolutely sensational call from Harlan. I definitely think it deserves a spot alongside the all-time great announcer performances. Years from now we’ll still be quoting, “The band is out on the field!”, “Do you believe in miracles?!” and “SOMEBODY STOP THAT MAN!!”
Throwing aside Harlan’s excellent ability to paint a picture, the fact that he went into any detail at all about this fan was awesome. I hate how announcers are traditionally mum when it comes to this stuff. I know they don’t want to encourage these jackasses, but I’m always so curious as to what’s going on. A true announcer knows to give the people what they want, and what they want is thrilling commentary on drunk goofballs running across the field. Thank you, Kevin Harlan, you are a goddamn master of your craft.