The Lewiston MAINEiacs broke a 1-1 tie with five seconds left in regulation of a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League second-round playoff series game over the weekend, causing their announcer to shriek mercilessly and nearly shatter all glass within five miles. It's not on the clip below, but after the call he told viewers it'd be really cool if they didn't tell anyone he screamed like that. (Okay, that's probably not true.)
Anyway, the announcer's name is D.J. Abisalih. He lives a pretty chill lifestyle, loves Sudoku, was an amazing street hockey goaltender, and has the dream to one day be the voice of the Boston Bruins. (That's actually all fact.)
Have a listen ... it gets exciting around the 25 second mark:
DJ gets a little excited about a Maineiacs goal [Pine Tree Pucks]
Marv Albert did a terrible job announcing Arizona vs Texas game today. It was so slanted toward Texas that I ended up turning off the volume. Steve Kerr was anything but colorful. He hardly spoke that you would even know he went to Arizona. The Az lead, which was almost the entire game, was described as "surprising" whenever there was chance there might be a commercial break. He even literally cheered when Texas took a one minute lead with a few minutes left in the game. The producers would not ever replay the questionable fouls on Texas, but endlessly did so at the end of the game when Arizona won. And all of the color commentary, special segments, and stats were about Texas with virtually nothing about Arizona! Albert still doesn't seem to know a thing about Wildcats except how to read the freethrow percentages. He even referred to Solomon Hill as Jordan Hill! This is insulting to any team not to mention the audience watching. Does TNT perhaps have a vested concern in Texas? To whom in Texas are they catering to? TNT knows funny--don't you mean, TNT you're a joke?
I miss leaving the worst calls I hear in the comments on Awful Announcing, so I'm gonna bring that back now.
Raftery: "PUNCTUATION POINT!" (As BYU hits three with a minute and change to go)
Followed shortly after by: "And the crowd is chanting 'We love Jimmer'" when they were clearly saying, "You got Jimmered"