I think I could almost write a book that includes “funny things I hear at football games.”
Last week when I attended the Mt. Juliet vs. Antioch game, Antioch’s announcer provided a few moments of comic relief, though I am quite sure that was not his intent. It all started when he repeatedly misidentified one of Antioch’s players. Now, I confess that I am not good at remembering names a lot of times, but when you have the list of names and numbers in front of you? Worth a laugh.
I actually began to feel sorry for the kid because he wasn’t getting proper credit on the loudspeaker as he should have been. About three minutes into the third quarter, the announcer apparently realized, or was told of, his mistake and began using the correct name.
And for those who don’t follow a lot of football mascots, Antioch is also known as the Bears, the same as Mt. Juliet. Enter funny moment number two.
The same announcer that kept giving the poor kid someone else’s name decided he wanted to pump up the crowd and get them cheering for Antioch’s defense, which was trying to stop Mt. Juliet on third down. So he does what he most likely does at every home game and says “The Bears need to hear from you!” in a, for a nice description, commanding voice.
So can anyone guess what happened next? If you said “All of Mt. Juliet’s fans started cheering really loud” then you’d be correct. After realizing that that choice of words wasn’t going to work Friday night, he promptly changed to “The blue needs to hear from you.”
And there have been dozens of other comments made either on the field or in the stands that I wish I had time to write down. Some of them aren’t even related to the game people are watching.
Sports are a field day for great quotes – from coaches, players, fans and commentators. Lately it seems that our local football teams have inspired some good ones. I’m anxiously awaiting my next visit with the Bears, coming up Friday in Mt. Juliet. I’m sure there will be plenty more items to add to the list of things I wish I could write a book about.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.