It’s one of those occupational hazards for announcers who broadcast games at courtside. Before today’s West Virginia-Notre Dame game at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, Verne Lundquist and broadcast partner Jim Spanarkel were doing their last-minute broadcast prep when a loose ball bounced towards press row right at Uncle Verne and you can see what happened:

Verne was ok. And there didn’t appear to be any breaks to his glasses. Tayvon Myers of West Virginia quickly apologized, but it resulted in these great screengrabs:

And of course, there’s this gif:

I await some photoshopped memes. You know some creative minds are working on them already. Sometimes you get a gem at the NCAA Tournament and this certainly qualifies.

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.