Bill Vinovich, Mr. Subliminal

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Let’s take a moment to appreciate something other than the Rocky Mountain Rainbow.

In a game that was an instant classic in soooo many ways, Referee Bill Vinovich’s overtime introduction fit right in.

It’s obvious from the way he spoke that he was reading body language, so I’ll fill in the gaps as I’m best able:

“Excellent job so far”

[I’ll try to act like a helpful authority figure even though our credibility is pretty well shot after those first four quarters]  

“Are you players aware of the overtime rules?”

[That’s known as a rhetorical question, because I have to explain them some, even if you do know them.]

“Both teams will have an opportunity to possess, unless the first team scores a touchdown.”

[Will you guys stop swaying from foot to foot?  You’re distracting me.]

“The only difference is that we’re starting a new game…you understand that?”   (Manning nods, Dierdorf Chuckles)

[Cause right now, I’m getting a blank stare from you, Dracu…I mean Manning.  It’s an honest mistake since you’re wearing a cape and your career is undead with that limp noodle that can barely tuck a football.]

“It’s just like the first quarter…we’ll go to the 2-minute warning in the 2nd quarter.”

[Uh-oh, I forgot what I was supposed to say next.  By the way, it’s nice to see you still swaggering after that awful first half, Champ.]

“Alright?…

[Since there are automatic time stoppages for special teams, you really didn’t have to listen, Considine.]

“The only difference…all replays are from upstairs.”

[Kuper, holding calls still aren’t reviewable in OT]

“Baltimore, you are still the visitors.”

[In case you forgot that long plane ride you took and the fact that all those Orange jerseys aren’t for the Orioles.]

“What is your call?”

[Rock, paper, scissors would be more entertaining, but you have to stop mumbling and call something, Ray.]

“He has called heads”  (Turns coin over on thumb then flips it).  It is heads.  Do you want the ball?”  (Lewis is already talking over him and says “We want the ball!”)

“Turn around” (The Ravens, run to the sideline as Manning turns his back to the wind)

 

Thank you Bill Vinovich for a terrific intermission of reality TV.

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5 Raves on “Bill Vinovich, Mr. Subliminal

    • Anonymous on said:

      I just reviewed that audio paired with the TV for the first time, Derek. Absolutely hilarious. Like Cundiff’s missed kick, I would think that would be difficult to come back from.

      If memory serves, Ken Levine, who briefly shared the broadcast booth for the Orioles, and wrote for a number of TV shows, including the Simpsons, was petrified that he would call a HR that wasn’t actually gone. He even titled a book about his broadcast experiences that way.

      This SNAFU has that beat by a mile and I’m surprised the Onion or some other publication hasn’t yet produced a fictional call of these broadcasters announcing a game where they are pretending to know the rules to a sport, but are clearly making it up as they go along.

  1. Damien Wilkinson on said:

    Did anyone else notice as he went from the rules to the coin flip he only was ever talking to Peyton and no one else the ENTIRE TIME?!?

    • Jan on said:

      That’s because Peyton had his head stuck in every discussion the officials had during the game. By OT the officials thought he was one of them!

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