Minnesota Vikings play-by-play radio announcer Paul Allen has a reputation for being very enthusiastic on some of his calls.
He may have outdone himself Sunday. The Vikings topped the New Orleans Saints 28-25 in London as Saints’ kicker Will Lutz missed a 61-yard field goal as time expired. And Allen’s call is like an adrenaline rush.
“Double doink! Double doink! And the Saints can go marching out!” Allen exclaimed, jumping to his feet.
— KFAN1003 (@KFAN1003) October 2, 2022
Vikings fans loved the enthusiastic call.
“I thoroughly enjoy listening to this man. Best in the business,” tweeted Tyler Scott.
I thoroughly enjoy listening to this man. Best in the business.
— Tyler Scott (@tylerscottdrums) October 2, 2022
“That’s how he always is,” tweeted Jeff Fecke.
That's how he always is. https://t.co/8PB4SAH8eA
— Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) October 2, 2022
Double Doink! https://t.co/fKhevUnQ8c
— Jeremy (@Jer_Lincoln) October 2, 2022
Can’t tell you how awesome it is listening to @PAOnTheMic ! Accidentally picked the Home team broadcast initially (it was 6:30am my time for the London game and no coffee yet) and it was nowhere near the quality and excitement of the Vikings (Away) broadcast. Thank you PA!!
— VikingsGirll (@vikingsgirll) October 2, 2022
Not everyone is a fan of Allen’s style, however.
“Paul Allen is one of the most annoying humans on Earth,” tweeted one fan.
I'm listening to the game on NFL+, listening to the Vikings broadcast. Paul Allen is one of the most annoying humans on Earth, but his voice kinda takes me home.
— A.J. Ó Cléirigh (@adembroski) October 2, 2022
Some of Allen’s defenders on Twitter took on the trollers.
“Passion? Excitement? No NFL franchise wants that in a play by play announcer,” tweeted one Allen fan.
Passion? Excitement? No NFL franchise wants that in a play by play announcer.
— BZWax (@BzWax77) October 2, 2022
Allen has served as the voice of the Minnesota Vikings Radio Network since 2002. The 56-year-old announcer also hosts a show on KFAN. He’s seen his share of memorable plays during his time in the Twin Cities, including one terrible missed field goal.
Vikings’ kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard chip shot in the 2015 Wild Card Playoff game that would have beaten the Seattle Seahawks. And Allen had quite the reaction to that. So it’s fun to see him getting attention for a new missed field goal call that benefited the team he works for.
[KFAN 100.3 on Twitter]