The Ravens’ 41-17 loss to the Bengals on Sunday was enough to drive fans to drink. And one fan went looking for one in Baltimore’s radio booth.
Fans listening to the broadcast heard play-by-play announcer Gerry Sandusky calling the game as normal before an alarmed Obafemi “Femi” Ayanbadejo interrupted, “Wh-wh-wh-wh-what are you doing?! What are you doing?!” For several seconds after, the only sound from the broadcast was of ambient noise at M&T Bank Stadium. You could also, very faintly, hear a woman talking off-mic.
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Following the strange interruption, Sandusky began calling the game normally again. He did take a few moments, however, to explain what happened.
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“If you were listening, you heard Femi say, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?'” Sandusky said. “He was not talking to the players or the coaches. We actually had a fan who was trying to climb into the broadcast booth.
“She said, ‘I am a veteran and I am looking for a drink,'” Sandusky said.
“Yeah, I don’t serve drinks at the game,” Ayanbadejo said. “I might make some cocktails at home, but this is not the right time or place.”
Luckily, nothing more came of the incident. It was a potentially dangerous situation — not only for the broadcasters, but also for the unnamed woman, who could have been hurt attempting to climb into Sandusky and Ayanbadejo’s booth. It’s uncertain how the situation was mitigated or what measures, if any, security was forced to take.
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Also, props to the broadcasters for reacting in stride to what was clearly an unforeseen and alarming situation.
“You just never know who is going to pop up or show up on game day,” Sandusky said.