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Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 10:05 am  |  16 responses

Wizards Broadcaster Mistakes Airball for Game-Winner (VIDEO)

‘The dagger has been retracted.’

Trevor Ariza’s baseline airball at the buzzer grazed the net, fooling the great Steve Buckhantz into thinking the Washington Wizards had won the game. After watching the replays and confirming the Detroit Pistons’ 96-95 victory, Buckhantz good-naturedly laughed at himself. Per the WaPo: “They’re saying it did not go!’ Buckhantz said, as Chenier chuckled sadly. ‘We saw what appeared to be the ball go through the net, but evidently it came up short.’ … ‘I was wondering why we didn’t see more reaction from the Wizards’ players,’ Chenier pointed out. ‘So the Dagger has been retracted,’ Buckhantz said. ‘First time ever, I believe,’ Chenier added. Recall, Buckhantz and Phil Chenier were moved well off the floor this season, and now watch the games from a more distant vantage point.”

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  • Seth

    The crowd thought it went in too. Poor Wizards fans…

  • spit hot fiyah

    maybe the funniest clip all season. takes them forever to understand what is going on.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/ChillFrom91Til Allan

    This has to be #1 on Shaqtin-a-Fool

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    it did look like it went right in, didnt it? lol

  • shockexchange

    That announcer just got “catFished,” just like Billy Hunter.

  • http://SLAMonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Yeah, only the players had any clue. Had me dying, though.

  • Lloyd

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but this must be the false hope that comes with being a Wizard fan. Great dialogue though!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    lol first angle yes

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    has too!

  • Max

    I tought that went in aswell on first sight.

  • Max

    It sure did. At first I was like wth is Calderon celebrating for?

  • roscoe

    says a lot about the WIZ fans…

    if you look closely you see Dfalk cheering & jumping up down.

  • Feez_22

    I also mistook that for a game winner when i was watching…

  • toner83

    Micky Arison at the Wizards game, @ 0:47

  • Slick Ric

    Hilarious!

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