PHOENIX, Ariz.– Well if you watched the Vikings lose another game thanks to kicking woes, you might have been feeling a lot of emotions. But if you were listening on to the game on the radio, you REALLY were on an emotional roller coaster ride!
The Vikings had a chance to beat the Cardinals in the final seconds Sunday with a 37-yard field goal. Minnesota was trailing 34-33 at the time.
After Greg Joseph kicked the ball, Vikings radio play-by-play announcer Paul Allen screamed, “It is . . . good!”
AS CALLED ON VIKINGS RADIO: pic.twitter.com/11794IWphj
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 20, 2021
And of course the kick was not good at all. It was very apparent on television that the kick was wide to the right, but Allen didn’t notice until analyst Pete Bercich said, “It’s no good” a second later. “Are you kidding me?” Allen replied. Awkward silence followed.
The two announcers remained in shock about the kick and the call. Allen was premature with his call and got it wrong — a broadcaster’s worst nightmare. Allen explained the situation on Twitter shortly after the game.
I thought he made it and didn’t wait for the ref to signal no good. I always wait. Today I didn’t and got burned. L on my behalf, no doubt.
I wanted them to beat that team so badly.
Oh well. https://t.co/eNxiblUI8U
— Paul Allen (@PAOnTheMic) September 20, 2021
Allen, as he says on his radio show, has taken some “fat L’s” in Arizona. Who can forget about this call he had all those years ago?
The Cardinals did something similar to the Vikings in 2003 (actually knocked the Vikings out of playoff contention), and it led to be a fantastic radio call by Minnesota play-by-play man Paul Allenhttps://t.co/H3VTLN1hFb
— Tyler and Ronnie (@YFPFP) November 16, 2020
Well if the first two games and this missed call by PA are any indication, we’re in for another long football season…