Announcers have a lot of time to fill during games. So much that they need some fun facts or little tidbits of information ready to go when there is a lull in the action. We all follow certain teams and make time to watch every game. If you’re like me though, you listen for how often these fun facts are recited and let it ruin your day.
Willie Cauley-Stein played football in high school
As a Kentucky born, Kentucky raised, and Kentucky educated (I promise this article is readable) Cats fan, I watch every basketball game from start to finish. In Willie’s 3 years at UK, he played in almost 100 games. It was mentioned that he played Wide Receiver in high school every single one of them. If you have ever been told the same fun fact over and over again for 3 straight years, it no longer becomes fun. It is nice, however, to check up on him every now and again during a Kings’ game and see that his football legacy is still being honored.
Phillip Rivers’ Kids
He’s got 9 of them now. 9! Can you believe it? If you include him and his wife, you have a complete football team! Announcers love to talk about this for some reason. I wish they would have kept up the same energy with Antonio Cromartie.
Adam Thielen played D-2 in college
If you didn’t already know this, I don’t know how you wouldn’t, Vikings WR Adam Thielen did not play for a big time college program. He played for Minnesota State University, Mankato. Every game, commentators will mention this about 4-7 times. My favorite part is when they mention this and then send a heartwarming message home to the kids telling them to never give up on their dreams.
Phillip Lindsay went undrafted
Yes, Denver Broncos star Running Back Phillip Lindsay went undrafted after graduating from Colorado. They will only tell the story of how he didn’t hear his name called at the draft and how his mom convinced him to play in Denver over Baltimore once per game but they will pepper in the word “undrafted” just about anywhere they can. *Jukes- “great move by the undrafted rookie.” *Rush for no gain- “the undrafted rookie makes it back to the line of scrimmage.” *Long run- “Can you believe he went undrafted?”
How young some amazing players are
They love telling us which players are too young to drink. Christian Pulisic is already the best player in USA Soccer history and he is only 20 years old. And best of all, we get to be reminded of it for all 90 minutes. The NBA is not much better. They get a new batch of 19 year olds every year and still feel the need to tell me that Jayson Tatum is 20 every time he makes a shot. The NFL isn’t off the hook on this one either. Juju is young. We get it.
Gordon Hayward was injured last year
The NBC Boston announcers waste no time at all getting to this little nugget. Especially if Hayward ever falls down, they feel the need to freak out and scare the hell out of the rest of us. It has been over a year since he snapped his leg in half and it still fills 15 minutes of air time every time he dunks.
Newest addition: Kyler Murray won a Heisman trophy
Have fun being reminded of this one 162 times a year for the next 15 years, Oakland.
Honorable mentions: James Connor had cancer, football is a physical game, John Elway used to play football, Leveon Bell isn’t playing, Tom Brady is 41 and Zion Williamson can do more than dunk.