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Cricket Announcers Lose It After Mic’d-Up Batter Hits Himself in the Crotch

In Wednesday’s Hot Clicks: A cricket player takes a shot to the “crown jewels,” the XFL’s crazy rules and more.

That’ll leave a mark

Liam Livingstone is a cricket player for the Perth Scorchers in Australia’s Big Bash League. In yesterday’s match against the Melbourne Renegades, he took a big bash right in the living stones not once but twice. 

Livingstone was wearing a microphone and his audio was being fed directly through to the broadcast, which means we got to hear his anguished “Ooohhhh!!!” when he hit a ball directly off his crotch. 

When it happened again later in the same turn at bat, his reaction was even better. The three-person commentary booth all cracked up when Livingstone’s mic caught him yelling, “Ohh, nooo!”

“Let’s hope he’s OK. It’s not that funny,” one of the announcers managed to say between chuckles. 

After the game, Livingstone was asked how the “crown jewels” were feeling and said he was doing quite alright, miraculously.

It wasn’t all bad news for Livingstone on the night, though. He also hit a towering six (the cricket version of a home run) that went onto the roof of the stadium. 

The long ball came shortly after the first nut shot, leading one announcer to crack, “I hate to say it, there’s been two massive blows in this over. I think he preferred that one.”

The XFL has some pretty wild rules

The XFL announced yesterday the rules it will be playing by when it relaunches next month and some of them are pretty out there.

The one that jumps off the page the most is the rule that allows teams to pass the ball forward twice on a single play. It sounds crazy at first, but since the ball isn’t allowed to pass the line of scrimmage it’s not a total abomination. 

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The most complicated rule is definitely the kickoff, which is probably best explained by watching this video.

The rules are designed to increase action and cut down on dead time between plays. If the XFL manages to last longer than the AAF, it’ll be interesting to see if the NFL ends up adopting any of the changes. 

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