Minnesota Vikings play-by-play announcer Paul Allen has been there for his share of the Vikings’ heartbreaking mishaps that cost them the game.
Anyone who has heard the Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals on KFAN FM in Minneapolis, would have believed for a split second that the Vikings took the win. That’s because veteran Vikings announcer Paul Allen proclaimed that Vikings kicker Greg Joseph made a field goal to win the game. It did not.
“Halt, low, Joseph, come on!” Allen pleaded as the kick swung to the right and missed the goal posts. “It’s good!” Allen continued as the umpires dismissed it as a mistake. “No, he missed it,” Allen added quickly, his tone completely changing.
“Are you kidding me? He got it right,” Allen asserts, his tone a mix of annoyance and disbelief.
Minnesota announcer Paul Allen has two depressing radio calls over Vikings losses
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the animated announcer has made headlines with a passionate play-by-play announcement. In 2003, Allen watched the Arizona Cardinals defeat the Minnesota Vikings, eliminating them from the playoffs that year. Allen then did what NFL.com considers the greatest call of all time.
Cardinals quarterback Josh McCown connected with wide receiver Nate Poole on an incredible reception in the end zone with double coverage. Allen, too, what is in disbelief.
“Here it is, the season is on the line!” Allen started when the Cardinals lined up behind the scrimmage line. Allen described how McCown was “alone” while looking for a wide receiver, then how Poole caught the pass for a touchdown.
“NOOOOOOO! NO! Allen screamed in agony when his team lost. “The Cardinals have eliminated the Vikings from the playoffs!”
Allen is also famous for criticizing Brett Favre’s interception in 2009 that ultimately helped the New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl, as well as for coining the phrase “Minneapolis Miracle” when the Vikings defeated the Saints in the NFL Playoffs. 2018.