Kevin Harlan brilliantly gives play-by-play of streaker that interrupts MNF game


Photo: Screenshot from MNF broadcast on ESPN

The San Francisco 49ers embarrassed the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football, 28-0, in the final game of the NFL’s first week.

It wasn’t a very entertaining game, but play-by-play man Kevin Harlan did his best to make the most of it when a streaker interrupted the contest in the 4th quarter.

Though the cameras only showed the streaker for a few moments, Harlan broadcast him as if he were a player, using the same enthusiasm and swagger he brings to his NFL and NBA broadcasts.

Take a look at the clip below:

For those who would rather read, here’s a complete transcript:

“Hey, somebody has run out on the field. Some goofball in a hat and a red shirt. Now he takes off the shirt! He’s running down the middle by the 50! He’s at the 30! He’s bare-chested and banging his chest! Now, he runs the opposite way. He runs to the 50! He runs to the 40! The guy is drunk, but there he goes! The 20 — they’re chasing him, but they’re not gonna get him. Waving his arms, bare-chested; somebody stop that man! Oh they got him! They’re coming from the left — oh and they tackle him at the 40-yard line…

…that was the most exciting thing to happen tonight.”

Harlan has quietly gained a reputation as one of the better play-by-play commentators in major sports, and he demonstrated his quick wit and sense of humor on Monday night.

The fact that he chose to acknowledge the streaker at all is a rarity in live nationally televised sportscasts, but to broadcast the way he did seems unprecedented.

Nevertheless, he analyzed and announced it to perfection.

According to his CBS bio, this is Harlan’s 32nd consecutive year performing play-by-play for the NFL. This fall, he will also lend his voice to the NBA for the 30th-straight season.

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