Mike Goldberg called his first NFL game for Fox on Sunday, and he may never get an opportunity to do it again. Goldberg, who has done mostly UFC broadcast work, was scheduled to work Sunday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills this weekend. According to Pro Football Talk, he has been replaced by Tim Brando.
Goldberg’s NFL debut last weekend did not go well. He called the Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions game alongside Brendon Ayanbadejo and sounded completely unprepared. At one point, Goldberg said that one of Teddy Bridgewater’s passes was intended for Golden Tate. As most of you know, Tate and Bridgewater are on different teams. He also referred to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer as Don Zimmer.
Goldberg’s mistakes might have been excusable if not for his decision to defend them after the game. After receiving a bunch of criticism on Twitter, Goldberg responded with F–bombs and called Twitter users stuff like “a-hole” and “douche.”
Announcers are human and make mistakes, but Goldberg’s went far beyond mere slips of the tongue. It seemed like he doesn’t follow football all that closely. Fox probably knew he wasn’t going to work out after the Vikings-Lions game. Goldberg’s profane remarks on Twitter simply sealed his fate.