Staff Picks: Four Instances Of Unintentional On-Air Sexy Time
Welcome to “Staff Picks,” a segment where we bring you the most impactful plays, memorable characters, or surreal TV and radio moments from our collective sports-clogged consciousness. In this week’s edition, we look at announcers and analysts who had on-air slipups in the sexiest way possible.
Dan Fogarty: Chris McKendry is very good at what she does. But on-air slipups do not discriminate between anchors who are bad and anchors who are good, as McKendry found out during this segment on Ben Roethlisberger.
To be fair, this was hardly her fault. In November of 2010, she was doing a highlight with Tedy Bruschi, and, as per usual when a football analyst talks goal-line defense, it sounded like the former linebacker was describing coitus.
“You see the New Orleans Saints right here. You’re gettin’ low, you’re gettin’ penetration, you’re stopping his momentum. Vilma comes around, Charleston right there finishes it out. Goal line defense: it’s about inches.”
So you can't blame Mckendry when, in an effort to say, "Ben Roethlisberger called it a gut check," some unfortunate combination of the words “Roethlisberger,” “called” and “gut check” came out. Thankfully for McKendry, Ben Roethlisberger actually is a cockburger.
Dave Levy: The word "disk" sounds a lot like another word, and if you are talking about injuries and get near the word "bulging," you better step extra lightly. Steve Levy was not so lucky many moons ago.
Levy's "bulging disk" is a first ballot hall of famer on this topic. What makes it personally even better for me: it got some love in an episode of the late, great sports show Sports Night. I could watch this clip whenever I'm feeling sad. And I mean that.
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Glenn Davis: Count me among those who thoroughly enjoy Gus Johnson's raucous enthusiasm, but at least one of his best-known moments has nothing to do with rising, firing, purity, or any of those catchphrases we associate with our former favorite voice of March Madness.
Johnson, if you'll remember, also used to call New York Knicks games, and if you are in any way involved with the New York Knicks and broadcasting, your job will involve talking to Spike Lee at some point. That duty fell to Johnson after a 2007 trade in which the Knicks sent Steve Francis and Channing Frye to the Trail Blazers for Zach Randolph, Fred Jones, and Dan Dickau. Johnson was chatting with Lee about the deal for a segment on MSG, and asked him what he thought. Poor Lee, clearly desperate to hold on to any possible hope for his beloved Knicks, called it "a good night in New York City" and said he liked all three players the Knicks received. In doing so, he referred to Dan Dickau as "Dick." This led to a...unique reaction from Johnson. The exchange starts at about the 20-second mark.
If any of you are unfamiliar with what "pause" meant in this context...here you go. Yes, it sounded kind of funny what Lee said, but Johnson deliberately coming back with that, on the air...not exactly his finest moment, but probably his weirdest. Oh, and as for the trade Lee liked so much: Randolph, Jones and Dickau combined to play 150 total games for the Knicks. Dickau was waived before the season began, and all three were gone by the middle of 2008-09. As it turned out, it was one of the last big (failed) moves before a real "good night in New York City"...Isiah Thomas getting the boot.
Alexandra Kuczynski-Brown: Kentucky head coach John Calipari once memorably called ESPN anchor John Buccigross a “jagoff.” Now, we’re not entirely sure what a jagoff is, but if it’s some Urban Dictionary term meaning “one who is prone to sexually implicit on-air gaffes,” we totally get it.
We have to qualify this with one of those "John Buccigross is actually a very smart anchor" statements, because it's the truth. But he's done this twice, so he makes the list. Last August, for instance, Buccigross was discussing the Tiger Woods/Elin Nordegren divorce on SportsCenter. Presumably reading from Nordegren’s statement to People magazine, he mentioned that she had no idea this was going on and “it was a real marriage for whore.” Well, John, I guess we know whose side you were on, JERK.
Then earlier this summer, while running down the top five scoring centers in NBA history, Buccigross mistakenly referred to Wilt Chamberlain as “The Big Dick,” before quickly correcting himself to say “The Big Dipper.” Although, in all likelihood, no correction was necessary.
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