Monday 29 May 2017

WATCH - NFL commentator delivers epic play-by-play analysis of fan's pitch invasion

The pitch invader was eventually stopped by security CREDIT: AP
The pitch invader was eventually stopped by security CREDIT: AP

Callum Davis

We've all witnessed a fan interrupting a sporting occasion with their insolent streaking.

Ordinarily the camera starves the supporter of attention, panning away while the commentator earnestly condemns the perpetrator for causing a stoppage in play.

However Monday night saw a welcome break from boring broadcasting protocol when one man chose to invade the pitch at Levi Stadium, San Francisco.

In what was turning out to be a run of the mill win for the San Francisco 49ers over LA Rams, a man managed to force his way onto Levi Stadium pitch.

Announcer Nick Harlan, rather than reeling off the same condemnation of the invader, began giving a detailed blow-by-blow account of the man's progress up and down the San Francisco field.

"Hey, somebody has run out onto the field: some goofball in a hat and a red shirt!" Harlan bellowed.

As the camera loses track of the fan's progress down the field Harlan, perhaps inspired by the state of the game, launches into a thrilling commentary.

"Hes taken off he's shirt! He's running down the middle by the 40; he's at the 30, at the 20!

'"He's bare-chested and banging his chest. Now he's running the opposite way!"

Harlan's hilarious coverage continues for a full 30 seconds until stadium security catch up with the fan on the loose.

"They're coming at him from the left: oh, and they tackle him at the 40 yard line!"

The light-hearted incident was the most entertaining part of a game that ended with the LA Rams being shut-out 21-0.

The game was the LA franchise's first competitive game in the NFL since relocating from St Louis.

San Francisco back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick used the game to continue his high-profile protest in the name of racial equality.

Kaepernick, who played no part in the game, kneeled on the field rather than standing as the national anthem played.

He was joined on the sidelines by 49ers safety Eric Reid, who knelt beside Kaepernick, while two other team-mates, safety Antoine Bethea and linebacker Eli Harold, stood with fists raised during the performance of the "Star Spangled Banner."

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