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Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, announcers can get carried away.That’s what HBO’s Jim Lampley did last night after Juan Manuel Marquez’s shocking sixth-round knockout of Filipino superhero Manny Pacquiao.
Lampley’s call was:
“The tsunami that hit the Philippines was just replicated by Marquez.”
The disaster he seemed to be referring to was likely a deadly typhoon that hit the nation earlier this week, claiming more than 1,000 lives. And of course there was the legendary tsunami in 2004 that killed hundreds of thousands in the region.
USA Today proclaimed the call “out of bounds” and “inappropriate.”
There was also criticism on Twitter from outraged viewers who heard the comment:
The most idiotic part of Jim Lampley’s Tsunami analogy is that a Typhoon hit the Philippines…not a Tsunami #lampleyisanidiot
— Marc MacDonald (@PHDMAC) December 9, 2012
Real lack of class/judgement by Lampley in comparing a tsunami that killed hundreds in Manny’s hometown to the punch Marquez landed.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) December 9, 2012
— Edmund Cruz (@EdmundCruz) December 9, 2012