Eagles-Bengals: Merrill Reese radio call of overtime penalty (audio) - Sports Illustrated

Apoplectic Eagles Announcer Merrill Reese Reacts to Back-Breaking Overtime Penalty

In Monday’s Hot Clicks: Merrill Reese’s call of the latest Eagles disappointment, another Falcons collapse and more.
Author:
Publish date:

“You can’t make this up. The way this team has shot itself in both feet.”

The NFC East is shaping up to be quite the pillow fight. After three weeks, Dallas and Washington are tied at the top of the standings at 1–2, while the Giants and Eagles are winless. 

The Eagles haven’t lost all their games, though. Sunday’s game against the Bengals ended in a tie, but only after Philadelphia threw away a chance to win the game. 

Philly needed a game-tying drive from Carson Wentz in the final minutes to force overtime, and then neither team could get anything going in the extra period, as they just kept trading punts. Playing the field position game was eventually enough to give the Eagles a shot at a long, long field goal to win the game. With 19 seconds left, Jake Elliott lined up for a 59-yard attempt. 

And then Eagles guard Matt Pryor committed a false start. 

The penalty pushed the Eagles back five yards and head coach Doug Pederson decided he didn’t want to take his chances on a 64-yard attempt (which would have tied the NFL record). Pederson punted and settled for the tie. 

It was a maddening sequence of events and nobody was more enraged than longtime Eagles radio play-by-play man Merrill Reese. Reese was in sheer disbelief as he relayed the disaster to his listeners. 

“That’s inexplicable, how they can’t line up for a field goal—with the game on the line,” Reese said. “Inexplicable. They can’t line up for a field goal, ladies and gentlemen, with the game on the line. All they have to do is snap the ball to the holder.”

“You can’t make this up, the way this team has shot itself in both feet,” he added later. 

Reese has called every single Eagles game since 1977. He’s a born-and-raised Philadelphian, and that absolutely comes through when he’s calling a game. There’s never any doubt about who he wants to win the game. 

“There are those who will say I’m a homer because I love this football team,” Reese told Sports Illustrated in 2001. “However, that doesn’t affect my evaluation. That just puts me in tune with my audience.”

His reaction to Sunday’s debacle, after the Eagles had already blown a big lead against Washington and gotten blown out at home against the Rams, was surely the reaction of every Eagles fan—just with less profanity. 

The best of SI

By reaching his 10th NBA Finals, LeBron is setting a new standard for longevity of greatness. ... How much longer is Dan Quinn going to be the coach of the Falcons after another unfathomable collapse? ... Bam Adebayo came up huge for the Heat as they closed out the Celtics to advance to the NBA Finals

Around the sports world

Joe Montana reportedly fought off an intruder who tried to kidnap his nine-month-old granddaughter. ... A stranded motorist in Cleveland was shocked to discover that the guy who pulled over to help him out was Browns safety Ronnie Harrison. ... The Yankees’ D.J. LeMahieu won the batting title, becoming the first player in modern history to be crowned batting champ of both leagues. ... A Staten Island legislator told James Dolan to sell the Knicks, so Dolan responded by donating to his opponent’s campaign. ... Raiders defensive back Johnathan Abram’s injuries from his collision with a TV cart on Monday Night Football were more severe than it initially appeared

What the Falcons are doing is honestly impressive

This Alvin Kamara TD was nuts

Another way Cam is superior to Tom Brady

The reverse angle is chilling

What is Haskins’s shirt made out of?

Kinda cool, kinda unsettling

You can’t let that happen

He needs to get traded to the Chiefs

Duncan Robinson’s story is pretty wild

The umpire in the Padres-Giants game had an awful day

Ridiculous cricket save

(He couldn’t catch it because it’s six runs if he hits the ground with the ball outside the boundary.)

This might have been Yadier Molina’s last at bat as a Cardinal in St. Louis 

Jeff Hardy is still doing this at 43

Carr’s audibles have been so creative this year

So much baseball

He sent that to the moon!

Not quite as good as the “f---ing savages” outburst, but still enjoyable

Not sports

M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie is just called “Old.” ... Human footprints discovered in Saudi Arabia could be 120,000 years old, the earliest evidence of human inhabitants in that part of the world. ... Workers in a gold mine in Colombia discovered 10,000-year-old fossils from a mastodon

Where do you buy a model rocket as tall as your house?

A good song

Email dan.gartland@si.com with any feedback or follow me on Twitter for approximately one half-decent baseball joke per week. Bookmark this page to see previous editions of Hot Clicks and find the newest edition every day. By popular request I’ve made a Spotify playlist of the music featured here. Visit our Extra Mustard page throughout each day for more offbeat sports stories.