Beyond the challenges of the pandemic, the year 2020 has brought a whole host of wacky events, both big and small.
One on Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium was certainly on the small end in the grand scheme of things, but it was weird nevertheless.
Late in the third quarter of the Utah Utes’ season opener against the USC Trojans — an eventual 33-17 Utah loss — ESPN’s television cameras literally went out, leaving fans and even commentators Dave Flemming and Rod Gilmore, who were working the game from their homes, unable to see the action on the field.
As you might expect, Twitter users had some great reactions as the whole deal was unfolding.
If 2020 was a sports broadcasting moment: https://t.co/xxNpjaYM7k— The MUSS (@TheMUSS) November 22, 2020
Utah’s offense broke the ESPN cameras!— Jason (@thejdog1) November 22, 2020
We really waited a year since the pac 12 championship to watch 28 turnovers and then have cameras cut out before the fourth quarter hahahahahaha— Riley Gisseman (@rgiss11) November 22, 2020
ON SECOND THOUGHT— Guy Incognito (@StaircaseWhitt) November 22, 2020
GOOD JOB HIDING THE CAMERAS UTAH FOOTBALL STAFF
ESPN has lost their cameras. How fitting is this!— Utah Football Fans (@UtahFBFans) November 22, 2020
ESPN probably picked the right game to lose its cameras #USCvsUtah— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) November 22, 2020
I’m watching a screen of two guys analyzing a game from their own basements. We can’t make this up.....— Steve Tate (@tate28) November 22, 2020
I think right now, Dave Flemming and Rod Gilmore are just like you and me, refreshing the ESPN GameCast.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 22, 2020
PAC 12 AFTER DARK IS A REAL CURSE— Jonny Linehan (@jlinehan9) November 22, 2020
QUICK! ADD POINTS TO UTAH’S SIDE WHILE NO ONE IS LOOKING!— DontWantThisSmokeDaddy (@utedaddy) November 22, 2020
Just show Harry Potter. That's what usually happens in this situation.— Brett Borg (@BBorgUteZone) November 22, 2020
Can we just shoot this game in to the Sun?— Andrew (@BabushkaUtes) November 22, 2020
ESPN lost their cameras?! Are we being punked? Even the MTN never “lost their cameras”. Do better @espn— Steve Tate (@tate28) November 22, 2020
1280 The Zone radio host Hans Olsen has become known for breaking down game film, and he took the opportunity to hilariously analyze Flemming and Gilmore as they tried to improvise calling the game.