One of the highlight plays of Week 3 in the NFL was the Cincinnati Bengals forcing a fumble on a key 4th & 1 stop late in the 4th quarter that was returned by Terrence Newman for the game winning score in a dramatic 34-30 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
When I saw the play happen live I knew I needed to find the call from the Bengals radio network because the reaction from analyst Dave Lapham would be absolutely hysterical.
Lapham, who has called college football games nationally for the Fox Sports regionals, is one of the biggest homers in the announcing world. In fact, he's firmly entrenched in the Hawk Harrelson Pantheon of Homers. (Side note: I'm kind of wishing that becomes a real thing.)
The former Bengals lineman is famous for shouting over his play by play man (one of the cardinal sins of broadcasting) with excited shouts of either glee or terror depending on what's happening to his Bengals. Over the years that's led to much more misery than joy, so perhaps that's why we can excuse Lapham for being so unrestrained when good things actually happen to the Bengals. Here's the audio of the Newman TD via Stripe Hype:
That's just phenomenal. It's like they put a headset on a fan in the upper deck wearing an Andy Dalton jersey. I'm pretty sure this audio will be used in broadcast and journalism schools around the country as what not to do as a game analyst, but it's not all bad. The announcing world would be much less interesting without a few folks like Dave Lapham out there around America throwing out proper announcing etiquette and being a fan in the booth.
Ok, all of this nonsense saying Matt needs to apologize or calm down is ridiculous. He states in the very ending of this piece how it's not all bad and how much less interesting the announcing world would be without guys like this. He loves and appreciates the passion just as much as all of you and if any of you are regular readers, you can tell he is a reasonable and open minded guy. And he is NOT wrong in saying that this is a good clip to show broadcasting students what not to do because you really should try to remain professional during your broadcasts and get excited for all great plays, not just the team your work for/with. I love a little homer in all color commentators, but Lapham is on the extreme end of that spectrum. I can definitely appreciate him, but you can't argue that point.
He may be a "homer" and lose his mind when something good happens, but he will also call the Bengals out when they mess up. He can be brutally honest, to the point where I wonder how he's able to keep his job on the Bengals Radio Network.
Matt Yoder needs to lighten up. Has he never heard Russ Hodges' (local announcer for the NY Giants) call of the "Shot Heard 'Round The World" in Game 7 of the '52 World Series? He lost his mind and yet that's considered a great moment in radio history.
Lapham is the analyst for the Bengals call. That's why there are 2 radio broadcasts for every game. The Bengals more or less employ him, as they have a say in who announces their games. He's doing his job. You have no idea what you're talking about. You owe him an apology.
There's nothing better on game day than Dave Lapham and his enthusiasm. He's a Bengals fan through and through. I live in Chicago now, but will turn down the sound on the TV and sync up the Bengals radio network to the game just so I can hear their commentary.
Lively description reads like
porn script ---
"No no no no no no
Balls out, balls out,
balls out, balls out;
Yes yes yes yes
Baby Baby Baby;
Yahoo yahoo yahoo
Who dey say Dave don't love them Bengals? I live in North Carolina, and I make a point of listening to him every NFL weekend. My wife grew up as a Redskins fan, and she can't wait to hear him every week.
For you young'ns out there, here's a trivia question. . .. How many positions did Dave play while wearing a Bengals uniform? If you look up the answer, you'll understand why he has the exclusive right to be a "homer."
Gotta' go. I'm feeling the need for some chili!
Well they do broadcast for the Bengals Radio Network, right? What announce team for the local team doesn't have a color guy who loses their mind on big plays? Hell even the play by play guys get nuts. Lap loves football and his Bengals. Was he a bit insane, yes and I enjoyed his passion bucket spilling all over.
High fives to the audio person who left Dave's mike open, and reduced its level so Dan's call was the primary sound and Dave's enhancement remained secondary. It's not text book booth work, but with that much excitement I might be calling the ticket office on Monday....and isn't that SOME of what the radio call is supposed to do?
I used to do some color commentary in college for the ECU Pirates and while I admittedly had brief moments where there was en exclamation of excitement that overrode my PbP guy, this is just absurd. I love the energy and I love the passion, but holy sh** THAT is the definition of a homer. Although I don't mind him anywhere NEAR as much as the jackass who does the Chi Sox games.
@JNorth0 Is that Mike Sr. on the call there?
@gregfio Same here Greg. Born and raised in Cincy but I've been in Chicago over 20years. I love listening to Dave give the insights on the Bengals that national TV pundits/announcers would NEVER know! This writer must NOT be a sports fan?! All radio announcers act/call games and sound like Dave! Way to go Dave! WhoDEY!!!
@BobRomond A great point about the booth work and I love the excitement, I just think sometimes as a color commentator you have to reign it in a LITTLE.
@jpip Not the single playoff game with the Dodgers when he repeated "The Giants won the Pennant"?