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THE GRIDIRON — Sometimes we want something so bad that we try to wish it into existence.
Take this Minnesota Vikings radio announcer, for instance. There were four seconds left in the game and his team trailed by just one point. As the Vikings lined up for a 37-yard field goal, he probably assumed the game was in the bag. After all, most NFL kickers can hit a 37-yarder in their sleep.
But something unexpected happened — the ball went wide right. The announcer, convinced of the positive outcome, nonetheless proclaimed, "It is gooooooooooooooooooood!"
Whoops! pic.twitter.com/9aFyFwMMoa— Grant Olsen (@grantorrin) September 23, 2021
Perhaps this is why announcers work in pairs. While one guy tried to use wishful thinking to change the outcome of the game, his more grounded partner corrected him. The ball had gone wide to the right and the Vikings has lost the game.
As reality dawned on the first announcer, he was left to bemoan the "gut punch" that his team had taken. He even claimed the ball had missed by a mere foot, when the gap was considerably larger.
What's the lesson to be learned here? Don't listen to football games on the radio. You might fall victim to an overzealous Pollyanna like this guy and be duped into thinking your team won a game they actually lost.