Friday night’s BYU-Toledo game on ESPN2 saw one of the weirdest announcing situations in recent memory. With Toledo up 45-42 and 10:51 left in the fourth quarter, ESPN went to the booth, where play-by-play commentator Adam Amin explained that analyst Mack Brown was leaving early to catch a flight. Here’s video, via @RNs_Funhouse:

Amin goes “We’re talking about some games you might want to go see, and apparently Mack’s got to leave us right now, otherwise you’re not going to see this shining face on your TV tomorrow. We’re going to miss you, pal. You sure you don’t want to stick around for the rest of this thing?”

Brown goes “You’ve been working on my voice, so maybe you can be me and you, and Molly can help.” He then adds “I hate to leave the game, but this is going to finish as one of the best games of the year.”

Amin then said “So, Mack departs, and the nation’s fears come to a head. Me and Molly McGrath are going to take you the rest of the way.”

Amin went on to work the rest of the game solo, doing yeoman’s work of filling the void, and he pulled it off remarkably well. Still, Twitter went nuts about Brown’s exit:

BYU went on to win 55-53 on a last-second field goal after several other crazy plays, but a lot of the talk after this one will be about the weirdness in the announcing booth, not the weirdness on the field.

[RNs_Funhouse on Twitter]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.

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