Mike Patrick Has Important Things On His Mind

Sunday, September 23, 2007


This is more than likely going to win The Pammy Award for the week Millenium, and it was so ridiculous that it needed its own spot.

Georgia and Alabama are in overtime and GA has the ball with a chance to win. So Mike Patrick says to Todd Blackledge that he has an important question. He wants to know about someone. Who could it be in an overtime game? Ex-Bulldog Hershel Walker??? Joe Namath's stint in rehab??? No it was someone more important than them......

Britney Spears.

I'll let reader Dave explain....

In OVERTIME, Patrick says to Todd Blackledge "I've got an important question."

Blackledge: "Go ahead."
Patrick: "What's Britney doing with her life?"
Blackledge: "Who?"
Patrick: "Britney."
Blackledge: "Britney who?"
Patrick: "Britney Spears. What's she doing with her career?"
Blackledge: "Why do we care at this point? Is she here?"

Ball is snapped immediately following this exchange and Georgia scores WINNING TD --- again in OVERTIME.

Yep, last play of an overtime game and Mike Patrick, unprovoked mind you, wants to know about Britney Spears' Career. Riiiiiiight.

And thanks to Anon here's the video.......



espn football announcer daydreaming about britney spears during Georgia Alabama game (The Blog Of An African Nerd)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:28 AM

39 Comments:

This is more than likely going to win The Pammy Award for the week

Understatement of the year.

Anonymous said...
Sep 22, 2007, 11:57:00 PM  

It was even worse than that. Patrick was trying to lighten the moment (for no good reason) and Blackledge clearly didn't want to play. But Patrick just kept going with the "joke". It was really awkward because I just imagined Blackledge thinking "man, does ESPN really think this goof is better than Franklin?"

Jay said...
Sep 23, 2007, 12:00:00 AM  

You're right anon....I just changed it to Millenium.

Sep 23, 2007, 12:04:00 AM  

For those who are waiting to see it, here's a youtube clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZUB3eJOTos

Anonymous said...
Sep 23, 2007, 12:09:00 AM  

He didn't say career. He said "life". You have to get a copy of it to get the verbatim. I also don't think he prefaced the question. He asked "What is Britney doing with her life?" and Blackledge didn't know what he was talking about. "Britney who?" and Patrick says "Spears!" as if it were obvious. He then repeats the question and blackledge asks "Is she here?" presumably wondering what brought on the non sequitur perhaps a shot of Britney in the crowd.

Henry Gomez said...
Sep 23, 2007, 12:10:00 AM  

Wow, Anon that was fast. You have to post a link to the youtube AA.

Henry Gomez said...
Sep 23, 2007, 12:12:00 AM  

It's embedded....thanks Anon!

Sep 23, 2007, 12:16:00 AM  

A complete and utter "what the fuck" moment.

I think Mike was bored and wanted to go back to the hotel.

Signal to Noise said...
Sep 23, 2007, 12:27:00 AM  

To be fair, he didn't "completely miss" the play at all. He got it. Now, that said..... WHAT?

Matt Straub said...
Sep 23, 2007, 12:41:00 AM  

Yeah you're right Matt. I put that up before I had the vid. Just changed it.

Sep 23, 2007, 12:45:00 AM  

Immediately when I heard it, I knew this would be an all-time classic that will no doubt overshadow a great game in the minds of geeks like us everywhere. Judging by early response, I think that's already the case.

So, so hilarious.

Vinnie said...
Sep 23, 2007, 1:05:00 AM  

This is what happens when you spend too much time with Joe Theismann.

Sep 23, 2007, 1:20:00 AM  

....Or Paul Maguire. lol

Man, I'm stunned Ray Bentley hasn't taken over the #1 spot in the Pammies, he had a career day out there.

But yeah, Patrick is losing it.

Eric said...
Sep 23, 2007, 1:39:00 AM  

I'm glad I am not the only one that found this to be really stupid. Here I was watching a great college football game and Patrick shoots his mouth off with quite possibly the dumbest thing ever said during a broadcast.

Anonymous said...
Sep 23, 2007, 4:18:00 AM  

Is there ever a good time to bring up Britney's train-wreck life during a football game?

B-Sells said...
Sep 23, 2007, 11:24:00 AM  

So it's safe to say that Mike Patrick has officially "Jumped The Shark" on his career. Just asking??

Joe said...
Sep 23, 2007, 12:23:00 PM  

Maybe next week UGA can come out to Hit Me Baby One.

Matt T said...
Sep 23, 2007, 12:50:00 PM  

i'm so glad you saw this, posted this, and wrote about it. i meant to email you, but i was highly intoxicated at the time and thought i was hallucinating.

Lozo said...
Sep 23, 2007, 5:29:00 PM  

So sports casters have more integrity than "news" anchors. (see also, Olbermann) I'm glad he didn't play along. Keep that crap on E!

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2007, 11:36:00 AM  

Yeah, and another great comment was referring to Alabama as Arkansas!! This was done I believe by the same commentator during a UGA kick-off. Anyway, GO DAWGS!!

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2007, 12:09:00 PM  

What was there to say? "Georgia needs a touchdown to win?" He said something completely off-topic and I think it was hilarious.

Maybe if it had been Madden saying "This guy, he wants to win, so he's going to throw it to this guy," you guys would be happy.

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2007, 12:53:00 PM  

The problem is I think all of those broadcaster idiots are paid by the word. They blather on and on and on and say nothing. "He has all the tools", "They know what they have to do today", "He's a real speedster". If they would fire two or three off of each broadcast team it would make the enjoyment of the game much greater! As it is I have to turn the sound off to enjoy the game!

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2007, 1:08:00 PM  

The guy was just trying to be funny and the joke didn't work. This was a huge moment in a huge SEC game and he was just sarcastically trying to pretend that there was nothing really exciting happening. It'd be like approaching the edge of the Grand Canyon and saying to your buddy, "well, nothing to see here." And he'd go "yeah, heh." And that'd be it. It's no big deal. The other guy didn't get it...move on.

gator said...
Sep 24, 2007, 1:49:00 PM  

well i think he realizes that the Dawgs are no ones and the SEC comes in probably 3-4th in the heirarchy of college football. Good on him, plus he didnt interrupt the game

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2007, 2:00:00 PM  

Always listen to Larry Munson, except this time it was Scott Howard and Eric Zeier

Oconee Democrat said...
Sep 24, 2007, 2:30:00 PM  

It was clearly a joke that the other commentator (and most people on this board) didn't get. The whole point was to come up with something inane, pretending like the game wasn't worth talking about or exciting at the moment. It backfired, and his timing was perhaps ill-advised but I give him props for the effort.

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2007, 3:32:00 PM  

Another big goof in this game was to cut away to a segment about the tailgating food and missing a play on a scoring drive at the end of the half.

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2007, 5:30:00 PM  

ESPN Coverage is a joke and the announcing is even worse. Noboody got the joke because it wasn't funny! This is another reason mute the game. By the way, does every Bama fan at the stadium cover themselves with paint? Or is that ESPN's way of showing the passion of college football? Just show the football game and stop taling about Dreamland (the most overrated BBQ joint in Tuscaloosa).

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