Portugal advanced to the knockout round of Euro 2012 with a 2-1 win over the Netherlands on the weekend.  Portugese and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo scored both goals for Portugal in what could be considered a breakthrough performance wearing the national team.  Seeing Ronaldo finally come through on the big stage must have been quite the exhilirating experience for the Portugese fans… and broadcasters.  Grantland unearthed audio of the home call of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 74th minute goal that won the game for Portugal from Nuno Metas and it’s everything you would expect and more.

I don’t know how or why, but the “more” in this audio clip sure sounds like there are lasers involved.  Whether they were dubbed in later by a clever editor, are available for use in the Portugese broadcast booth, or the announcer is actually shooting off a laser in sheer delight, it’s clear we’ve crossed a new frontier in play by play.  

Of course!  Lasers!  That’s what all these networks are missing.  I can’t wait till Joe Buck and Tim McCarver show up with them come October.  First, video of the goal, then the outstanding audio clip. 



UPDATE: @Pierre_Toronto tells us on Twitter the lasers and other sound effects are indeed part of the Portugese broadcast.  That’s just incredible.

(via Grantland)

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