Itâ€™s one of broadcastingâ€™s great truths: Sooner or later, if youâ€™re on the air long enough, you will have your Howard Cosell moment. Cosell, of course, had his a careerâ€™s worth of work nearly obliterated by one unfortunate phrase during a 1983 Monday Night Football game, when he blurted during an Alvin Garrett scamper, â€śLook at that little monkey run!â€ť Fans of the Redskinsâ€™ wide receiver, who is black, were not amused.
What Al Michaelsâ€™ faux paux during Sunday night’s game between the Vikings and Cardinals lacked in racial undertones it gained in hilarity, as at one point he noted of the Vikingsâ€™ Jared Allen (who wears No. 69): â€śSooner or later, 69 will be in your face.â€ť Indeed. Get that audio to Canton, pronto. And the porn hall of fame, is there is such a thing.
Audio following the jump.
(Clip courtesy THE SLANCH REPORT)
Knowing Michaels, he’s just laughing all of this off; probably even appreciating the added publicity. Man, the ONE time it would have been useful to have Dennis Miller in the booth …