Since the 2004 release of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell has been asked to reprise the titular clueless newsman character plenty of times. The latest came on ESPN’s coverage of the Los Angeles FC – Seattle Sounders MLS match Sunday, the season-opener for both teams.
Ferrell is part of LAFC’s ownership group, and he visited the ESPNFC set ahead of the match to talk about the team, the ownership group and more. Then, just over two minutes in, Max Bretos (who also will work as LAFC’s lead broadcaster for their local matches this year), asked Ferrell what Burgundy would say about this match, and the result was pretty great:
“Well, Ron would probably say something like ‘It is wonderful to be here in the Emerald City, home of the Seattle Bounders, the Seattle Bounders football club, of course founded in the year 1802 by the Germans, the Germans and the Haitians. It’s going to be a very exciting match. Of course, you know, midway through the second half, they will release a pack of wild coyotes on the field, at which point, it is anyone’s guess what can happen.”
As Taylor Twellman notes afterwards, “You know what the problem is with this? I now have to call this game after this interview.” Ferrell responds “With the image of wild coyotes in your head?” and Twellman responds “Exactly.”
Yes, that could be problematic. In the end, LAFC won 1-0 on an 11th-minute goal from Diego Rossi. There were no confirmed reports of wild coyote packs in the second half, but Seattle’s Tony Alfaro did receive a red card in the 83rd minute. It is currently unclear if that had anything to do with a coyote invasion.