Ian Darke Makes The Call – Donovan Goal vs. Algeria
If you’re anything like me, you’ve watched the Landon Donovan goal against Algeria over and over. My boy, Z, has watched it so many times he can actually recite ESPN announcer Ian Darke’s call from memory. He even uses an English accent with a slight Portsmouth lilt. It’s quite entertaining.
I say all you have to do is read the text of Ian Darke’s call and you can hear his voice and see the goal vividly. If not, Z will be happy to do the call it for you. Here’s the transcript:
Howard…gratefully claims it. Distribution…brilliant. Landon Donovan…are things on here for the USA? Can they do it here? Cross…And Dempsy is denied again…AND DONOVAN HAS SCORED!! OH CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? GOAL GOAL USA… CERTAINLY THROUGH, OHHHH IT’S INCREDIBLE! YOU COULD NOT WRITE A SCRIPT LIKE THIS!!!”
[followed by 27 seconds of silence as the USMNT celebrates]
Just in case you can’t imagine it, here is the goal from another point of view. Not to take anything away from the legendary Andres Cantor’s call, but I am a big believer in the “Vin Scully Philosophy” of announcing. I think when truly epic moments happen, silence is the best option. As a viewer, we may simply want to pause to savor the sounds of the moment, knowing they are one-of-a-kind, wonderful and all too fleeting. Great call Ian Darke!!