The Ravens’ 41-17 loss to the Bengals on Sunday was enough to get fans to drink. And a fan went to get one from the Baltimore radio booth.
Fans who listened to the show heard announcer Gerry Sandusky call up the game as usual before an alarmed Obafemi “Femi” Ayanbadejo interrupted: “Wh-wh-wh-wh-what is it? What are you doing ?! What are you doing ?! “For several seconds later, the only sound on the show was ambient noise at the M&T Bank stadium. You could also, very faintly, hear a woman speaking over the microphone.
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After the strange interruption, Sandusky resumed calling the game normally. He did, however, take a few moments to explain what happened.
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âIf you were listening you would hear Femi say, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’â Said Sandusky. âHe wasn’t talking to the players or the coaches. We actually had a fan trying to get into the broadcast booth.
âShe said, ‘I’m a veteran and looking for a drink,’â Sandusky said.
âYes, I don’t serve drinks during the match,â Ayanbadejo said. “I can make cocktails at home, but now is not the right time or the right place.”
Fortunately, nothing more came of the incident. It was a potentially dangerous situation – not only for the broadcasters, but also for the anonymous woman, who could have been injured while attempting to climb into Sandusky and Ayanbadejo’s cabin. It is not known how the situation was alleviated or what action, if any, security was forced to take.
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Also, props to broadcasters for reacting in stride to what was clearly an unforeseen and alarming situation.
âYou never know who is going to show up or show up on game day,â Sandusky said.