The slip of the tongue was caught by the millions of viewers who tuned in to watch Florida State take on Auburn for the national championship, and within minutes Musburger’s mistake went viral. Dozens of Twitter users questioned whether they really heard the legendary announcer give the name wrong.
But videos circulating YouTube and Vine verified, showing Musburger saying:
“Good evening and welcome everybody. I’m Kirk Herbstreit, along with Brent Musburger…”
The mistake could be understandable, if a bit out of place for an announcer as well-versed as Brent Musburger. It’s clear that he just flipped the names of the two in-booth announcers, and at age 74 he’s allowed a bit of a senior moment.
This is the second year in a row that Brent Musburger has made headlines during the BCS Championship Game. In last year’s game between Alabama and Notre Dame, he fawned on air over Katherine Webb, the girlfriend of Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron.
ESPN ultimately apologized for Musburger’s words, though the announcer himself offered a bit of a defense.
When TMZ asked him about ESPN’s official apology to Katherine Webb, Musburger responded:
“Individuals say what individuals say. And corporations do what corporations do. Obviously, they felt it was the right thing for them to do.”
Video of this year’s Brent Musburger mistake prompted plenty of jokes about last year’s incident, the announcer’s age, and questions of whether he was a little drunk in the studio.
Brent Musburger already drunk at BCS? Listen closely http://t.co/UuFjbgq0Kl
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) January 7, 2014
Brent Musburger seems to be having an identity crisis: [vid] http://t.co/woAw9E1fgs
— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) January 7, 2014
Brent Musburger forgetting his own name wasn’t the only strange incident from this year. Earlier in the college football season rapper Eminem joined Musburger in the booth, looking pretty spaced out in an overall bizarre appearance.