College Sports

Sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl called the Alabama-LSU game for several minutes during a booth mishap

"Keep your ears open and the words will come out just fine when the time comes."

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.


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.”

Many folks around the sports world weighed in and complimented her on a job well done.

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