Timberwolves announcer goes nuts after no-call on Kevin Love to end game (Audio)

Kevin-Love-Shawn-Marion-foulThe Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night in controversial fashion. With the T-Wolves trailing by two and three seconds remaining, Kevin Love received the inbound pass and tried to get a shot off. It appeared that he was fouled by Shawn Marion, but the officials chose to let the play go and time expired.

It was hard to tell if Love’s foot was on the line, but he should have been given a chance to tie the game with two free throws at the very least. Timberwolves radio play-by-play announcer Alan Horton was outraged.

Horton seemed most angry with referee Ed Malloy. After the game, Horton took to Twitter to remind fans of a game between the Timberwolves and Miami Heat last season — one that Malloy worked — where several controversial calls were met with a chorus of boos at the Target Center.

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Saint Louis University announcer Bob Ramsey shuts down official who tries to confront him on air during game (Audio)

Bob-Ramsey-St-LouisSaint Louis University radio announcer Bob Ramsey was upset with a call during the second half of Saint Louis’s win over VCU on Tuesday night. Like many announcers and color commentators before him, Ramsey was not shy about expressing his displeasure with the call, labeling it a “cheap foul.”

Ramsey also caught the attention of one of the game’s officials, who was apparently within earshot of his criticism. At that point, the official walked over the Ramsey to confront him, but the man with the microphone would have none of it.

“I’m on the air right now,” Ramsey could be heard telling the official. “Stay away from me.”

Ramsey then began explaining to listeners what had happened.

“An official tried to get into our broadcast and we won’t have it,” he said. “We’re not gonna have it. Not gonna have it here. This is 101’s broadcast.”

“Do your own job,” Ramsey’s partner added. “You’re not doing it very well, but do it anyway.”

The comment obviously struck a nerve with the official who made the call, but that wasn’t a very professional way to express his concern. Ramsey has a job to do as a radio broadcaster, and part of that job involves providing his opinion on what is happening on the court. Saying that a “cheap foul” was called isn’t exactly insulting the official’s wife, so I don’t blame Ramsey for stone-walling him when he tried to confront him on the air.

H/T @jbacott via The Big Lead for the audio

Lake County Fielders Announcer Qumar Zaman Quits While On the Air

Things are not going well at all for the Lake County Fielders. Last week, their manager and several players quit right before a game because they insisted they weren’t being paid enough. Since they were forced to deal with a very short roster, Lake County decided to play pitchers in the field and allow position players to pitch. This inspired the Yuma Scorpions to put the great Jose Canseco on the mound, who allowed only one run in an 8-3 victory.

As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, the Fielders’ radio announcer Qumar Zaman decided to blast the team and its ownership for about four minutes after a loss the other day and then quit on the air.  Listen to his rant, courtesy of Hardball Talk:

That is obviously awful press for Lake County that they certainly didn’t need, but Zaman probably wasn’t doing much to help his own career by going off either.  If you were another team, would you want to hire a guy who has no problem blasting your entire organization on-air before calling it quits?  What happens if you do something to piss him off and it turns into a public relations nightmare?

Question for you LBS Nuts — What’s worse: falling asleep on the job, ripping your own team during the broadcast, or quitting on the air?

H/T to Awful Announcing for some of the story info.

Florida Atlantic Announcer Dave Lamont Challenges Press Box to a Fight

If Florida Atlantic’s football team had the passion of team announcer Dave Lamont, they’d be 6-0 instead of 1-5. Spencer Hall of SB Nation posted the insane video of Lamont flipping out after the Owls’ quarterback got hit in the head on a slide during their game against Arkansas State. Thanks to SI Hot Clicks which has an epic page full of awesome stories for sharing the hilarious link. Must-listen:

Samherb19 had the best comment on YouTube, saying “I’m not a pyschologist but I am pretty sure that guy has what is known as “anger issues.” Precisely. That is legendary stuff and puts the Atlanta Hawks announcer to shame.

This Guy Needs to Calm Down

I love when an announcer shows a little emotion while calling a game.  When the situation calls for it, a play-by-play broadcaster can make a moment that much more memorable and say some things that will stay with you for the rest of your life.  This is absolutely not one of those situations.  Maybe you can’t envision a scenario in which an announcer goes completely bonkers during the 5th inning of a Division II NCAA Semifinal baseball game.  Well, it happened yesterday when a University of Tampa player hit a grand slam in the 5th to increase his team’s lead from 3-2 to 7-2.  Yes, that’s right, they already had the lead.  I suppose if nothing else you can’t accuse this guy of scripting what he’s going to say, but this is pretty priceless.  Check out the video of a University of Tampa baseball announcer overreacting to a grand slam, courtesy of SI Hot Clicks.

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Announcer Mark Adams Flips Out During Backyard Brawl

As if it wasn’t bad enough that Bob Huggins had to address the West Virginia fans in attendance for throwing crap on the court, things got worse later in the game. A brief altercation amongst the players was broken up pretty quickly by the refs but then they had another issue on their hands: Pitt assistant coach Tom Herrion was hit in the cheek by a coin. While chucking a coin at an opposing team’s coach is pretty low, nothing compares to the outrage expressed by announcer Mark Adams. It’s priceless:

Here are some of the highlights: “That’s crap. That is simply not acceptable in college basketball … or any place else! That is not acceptable. You should be able to come to a place and play basketball and not be fearful of your personal safety!”

It’s no surprise to find out that Mark Adams is a motivational speaker whose website boasts, “Mark is Prepared, Entertaining, Educational and always Passionate during his broadcasts and presentations.” While I can’t speak for adjectives one and three, he definitely nailed the entertaining and passionate parts. There’s no doubt that if I ever needed a motivational speaker, I’d book with EnthusiAdams!

Gus Johnson on Chris Johnson: He Has ‘Getting Away from the Cops Speed’

Gus Johnson is known for some of his outstanding calls on CBS broadcasts, particularly his enthusiastic work during March Madness. In fact, it was only back in week one that he absolutely nailed the call of the Broncos last second miracle play by Brandon Stokley to beat the Bengals. While Gus is at his best reacting to the unpredictable action in front of him, he had a lapse in judgment when he used what seemed like was a “scripted” line while describing the first of Titans running back Chris Johnson’s touchdown runs on Sunday. When Chris broke away for the score, Gus’ description was “He’s got getting away from the cops speed!” Wait for the second run by Chris in this video to hear it.

Putting aside that the league is so image conscious that Roger Goodell enforces strict penalties for players who get into trouble with the law, this is just a stupid thing to say all the way around. I’m guessing that the last thing Chris Johnson, who to the best of my knowledge has never had any legal issues, wanted was to have the announcers compare his football run to that of someone escaping the police. Gus owes Chris an apology and should know better than that. Furthermore, the argument that it’s OK because it’s a black announcer saying it about another black person is ludicrous; such an analogy should never be invoked if it has no factual basis, which in Chris’ case, it doesn’t. If that was meant to be funny, I don’t see the humor in it.

Video courtesy of Awful Announcing, of course