Would it be surprising to learn that Kevin Harlan was calling last night's Chiefs-Bills game? Most everyone got the standard Jim Nantz-Tony Romo experience, but Harlan was there. He was calling the game for CBS Radio, which the oldest sports fan you know could have told you.
But he was there, calling yet another historic missed Bills field goal as only he could:
A few quick observations:
1. It must be every announcer's dream to make a "wide right" call in an important Buffalo Bills game. One of those right-of-passage sort of moments. But Harlan still knocks it out of the park, because of course, he does.
2. This is notably better than Jim Nantz's call, which is a tough break for Nantz considering his call isn't half-bad. But when you're going up against Harlan, half-bad isn't going to cut it.
3. If you're slightly curious why Harlan seems so enthused (?) about the Bills missing a potential game-tying kick against the Chiefs, it's maybe worth remembering that Harlan was the Chiefs' TV announcer for almost a decade. Before that, he called basketball games for the University of Kansas, his alma mater. He's also been an announcer for the Kansas City Kings in the early '80s. So, you know, that's probably why.
Do you think executives at CBS are watching this post blow up and wondering if they can have Harlan on standby for a close game next weekend? Like a late-innings reliever type of situation? Three-man booths usually have too much going on, but it seems like they could make this one work. Maybe they just turn Romo's mic way down for the final two minutes? When there's a will—or in this case, a Kevin—there's a way (sorry).