If you’ve been a professional sportscaster for as long as Jim Nantz, sometimes you feel like turning points are about to come. Nantz was trying to prepare the crowd for one of those moments during the Detroit Lions game on Thursday and ended up in the crosshairs because of it.
The moment in question came closer to the end of the third quarter. With the Lions trailing by five points, kicker Michael Badgley attempted a 29-yard field goal. Badgley didn’t miss a field goal or scoring attempt all season, and it was Nantz’s job to educate viewers of that fact.
Knowing, however, that he would be blamed if Badgley missed, Nantz prefaced the moment by saying, “Don’t tell me about the announcer’s evil eye.” You already know what happened next.
Yes, Badgley missed his first field goal of the season. Nantz and Tony Romo reacted accordingly. Nantz was heard to say, “Oh my gosh. No. Not”. Romo immediately apologized to the Lions fans, saying “The Lions fans are apologizing because Jim … if you just talk about it, it’s in, but instead he didn’t want to discuss it and Buffalo by a five-point lead.” Nantz laughed when Romo teased him.
Did Nantz really jinx Badgley into missing his first field goal of the season? No, don’t be stupid. Jinxes are not real. Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully did not believe in evil eye and he has named his fair share of know-hitters in his career.
If you don’t agree with this, at least we can all agree that the sequence was hilarious. Nantz knew he would get himself in trouble if he mentioned Badgley’s previous success. A moment worthy boss kiss.
Incredibly, Nantz did it again. With 2:40 left in the game, Bills kicker Tyler Bass lined up for an extra point that would have made the game a four. He missed a hit, causing Romo to call out Nantz again, who had previously talked about Bass’ consecutive extra points streak. Nantz vehemently denied that he jinxed Bass, telling Romo, “Oh no, that’s not for me.”
Jinx is still stupid. But if Nantz is a supernatural being with that much power, then at least he jinxes an equal opportunity.
Both Badgley and Bass were able to get rid of this fictional curse. Badgley scored a field goal with 23 seconds left in the game. Buss then hit the game-winning field goal with two seconds left to give the Bills a 28–25 victory.