Early in the first quarter of the Alabama-LSU football game Saturday night, the CBS broadcast lost announcers Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson due to a technical issue.
Sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl didn’t hesitate, jumping right in and calling the game herself for several minutes while they worked to fix the problem. Erdahl, who worked for NESN in the past, was able to swiftly react and keep fans informed with play-by-play.
“I knew you wanted my job,” Nessler joked when he returned, “and a great job it was.”
Erdahl modestly said she wasn’t as smooth and Nessler and Danielson and added that she was happy to have them back.
Here's Erdahl returning play-by-play to Nessler once the booth came back. pic.twitter.com/XWOc6o8SGb
— The Comeback NCAA (@TheComebackNCAA) December 6, 2020
The next morning, Erdahl reflected on the situation, pointing out that teamwork keeps broadcasts running smoothly.
She thanked everyone for the praise but said she wouldn’t have been so calm if Nessler and Danielson hadn’t taught her so much over the past three years.
“The point is sideline reporters who ask for advice – you’re only as good as the work you put in off camera,” Erdahl wrote. “Keep your ears open and the words will come out just fine when the time comes.”
Just a few thoughts. 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/kp70yeVSy7
— Jamie Erdahl 💍 Buckman (@JamieErdahl) December 6, 2020
Many folks around the sports world weighed in and complimented her on a job well done.
The best going back to your NESN days.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 6, 2020
Few people I’ve worked with over the years are as well prepared as Jamie. Even fewer could pull off what she did last night. Outstanding. https://t.co/lVMfCiBhcc
— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) December 6, 2020
— Jenny Dell (@JennyDell_) December 6, 2020
Jamie Erdahl is essentially doing play-by-play right now bc the CBS booth audio went down during Bama-LSU. and she sounds great!
— Jessica Smetana (@jessica_smetana) December 6, 2020
Props to @JamieErdahl. I can't imagine how hard it is to try to do play by play from the sideline. .. Brad/Gary back.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 6, 2020
The CBS broadcast lost Gary Danielson and Brad Nessler because … 2020. So @JamieErdahl jumped in with play-by-play from the sideline for several minutes as #LSU drove the ball against Alabama. pic.twitter.com/1i2U5ZBA26
— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) December 6, 2020
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