Wigan Athletic upset Manchester City to win their first ever FA Cup in a 1-0 thriller at Wembley Stadium. Wigan's Ben Watson scored the dramatic game winner off a corner just after the 90 minutes were up.
Fox's Gus Johnson was on the call and absolutely lost his everloving mind when Watson's header found the back of the net. Johnson's call was so explosive, his partner Ian Wright was clearly heard laughing and clapping along in the booth while Gus's brain matter was surely being wiped off the seats in front of them.
Johnson and Fox have been heavily criticized in recent weeks as it has looked like the network's grand experiment to make Gus Johnson America's voice for soccer was failing. The announcer has struggled with the flow of the game and even the basics like player identification. Even though there were still some clear areas for improvement and a couple bobbles today, this FA Cup Final broadcast was Johnson and Wright's best work by far. Granted, the broadcast was far from perfect, but it was a step forward for the pair today.
Most importantly, Fox got the moment they were always hoping for - Gus Johnson going crazy for a game winning goal in stoppage time in a cup final and providing a memorable call. Maybe this is the moment that turns things around for Gus and Fox Soccer.
Great call Gus, you are doing a great job,!! Do not mind any of those negative comments. You ate truly putting an American flavor to the game. Every country does it differently and we are not those boring British commentators. USA all the way!!!
I stopped watching a lot of US sports because (a) the announcing was terrible; and (b) too many commercials that disrupt the games' momentum and flow. The last two minutes of a college basketball game take a half hour, and it's all free throws, commercials, and Dook Vitale licking Coach K's shoes.
So I started watching the BPL and Champions League, which are fantastic to watch because the world's best athletes compete non-stop and the commentary is almost poetry.
Now Fox has inflicted Gus Johnson on us. I didn't think the beautiful game could be ruined, but he manages it. He's that bad.
Call me a soccer snob, but I just greatly prefer a British accent for my soccer announcers. That and Dellacamera isn't too bad. The Gus Johnson experiment just seems like a long, drawn-out version of the Dave O'Brien debacle.
Gus is awful, and to say that this was his best called game shows you how terrible he is... completely missed the flow yet again...SCREAMS on mundane plays, can't pronounce a name even if his life depended on it... and run the tape of Gus screaming "HE GOT A HAND ON IT" on Tevez's shot being saved...only to have Ian say..."no he got his foot on it" ... how does Fox put him on this? does he have pics of some Fox execs?...btw, did anyone catch him calling Iniesta... "eeya-nesta".. during the entire Barcelona - Bayern match...?
Gus Johnson is absolutely Godawful. When will people learn that it's not how loud you yell that makes you a professional?
And on Gus - Ian had to explain what "flapping" was and "no legs" ;) And Gus, it's "Matter", nor "Marta" :)
So, you want an awful announcement? I was watching the 5pm "premier" showing of the FA cup final on fox soccer channel. So, I have to sit through all the intro's, commerials, half-time analysis and all that. No problem, the channel has to make money - and then, during one of the half time commercials, on comes Fox Soccer News to immediately tells us that WIGAN had won and showed the score. TOTAL DISBELIEF - what a 100% screw up!
Him and Ian Wright made no comment on a potential handball in the first half, even when the feed (which I assume was an international feed) went to replay it.
Typical Johnson BS. He had no business in MMA announcing. Now, he has no business calling any soccer games.
@OttoRivera Yes, he knows nothing about the game or the players, but he yells real loud. That's some authentic American flavor all right. U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! ugh.
Let the game speak for itself like what Martin Tyler does. Gus Johnson is no Martin Tyler or Andres Cantor.
@frank_cars_007 We had this happen a few weeks ago with an Arsenal game... recorded it to watch that evening. During halftime they show some highlights from other games and said other winners today... yadda, yadda, and Arsenal. Stunned. Fox Soccer just seems to be a bit sloppy.I've also seen this on NHL Network while watching a game on replay overnight. Bottom line featured the score... whoops.Last night I was watching Bulls-Heat on replay on ESPN and was very pleased to see they took the time to scrub that game from their bottom line, no worries about seeing the score at all. Awesome.