Wizards announcer’s mistake on buzzer beater
by Andy Nesbitt, USA TODAY Sports
If Washington Wizards play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz is ever looking for a new gig, this call from Wednesday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons probably won’t be a part of his highlight reel.
Let’s set the scene for you: The Wizards trail by two points with 12 seconds left. After working the ball around, Trevor Ariza gets a good look at a three-pointer from the corner. He lets it fly at the buzzer … and … it … goes in!
Just kidding. No it didn’t. It was an airball.
But Buckhantz, who later blamed a poor angle on the play, thought it was a perfect swish and yelled “daaaaaaaaagggggggggggerrrrrr!” thinking the Wizards had just pulled off a stunning win with a clutch shot. Nevermind that Ariza didn’t pump his first or get swarmed by teammates. Instead he walked sadly off the court with the swagger of a 9-year-old who had just been told bad news about the family pet.
Sit back and enjoy the must-see call that will live on forever in the wonderful history of awesome announcer gaffes:
Our own Jeff Zillgitt reports that Buckhantz wasn’t the only one fooled by the bad angle. Pistons beat writers thought it went in too, based on their angle and that the ball hit the net.