ABC Drops Another Clanger

I have to admit that ABC commentator Dave O’Brien’s work is improving as each match unfolds, but the man is as passionate as a dead fish.

Perfect example was one of the key moments of today’s Germany against Sweden second-round match. With Germany leading two-nil in the early stages of the second half, Sweden went down the flanks and attacked. Here’s exactly what O’Brien said, in his deliberately slow and monotonous tone:

“Ibrahimovic breaking away, nice pass into the box. And there will be a whistle and a foul inside that box. Finally a call going against Germany in the second half.”

What!? This was a penalty! Not simply a “foul inside [the] box.” O’Brien was so understated and unethusiastic in calling the penalty. In fact, the word “penalty” wasn’t even mentioned by O’Brien until Marcelo Balboa chirped in a few seconds later. TV viewers watching ABC, handicapped by only what we can see on the screen, weren’t even sure whether it was a penalty (until Balboa made the call). And I wonder, I really wonder, whether O’Brien realized that a “foul inside that box” equals a penalty in the rules of soccer.


3 thoughts on “ABC Drops Another Clanger”

  1. LOL I must say that’s quite funny. You’re making me happier and happier that I’m not getting feeds from ABC.

  2. I just realized a funny thing.

    Even though I don’t speak Spanish, I would have known it was penalty if I was watching the Univision feed of the Germany v Sweden match.

    They would have been screaming “Pena, Pena, Pena” at the top of their lungs, translating into “penalty, penalty, penalty!:

    Plus with the amount of excitement and passion in their voices, I would realize it must be a penalty!

  3. It reminds me of the movie “Major League” where Bob Eucker takes a nap and the 2nd guy takes pbp. There was a line drive with a nice diving catch which was described with “Fly ball…Caught”

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