The first words out of the mouth of the man charged with announcing the winner of the 2018 Heisman Trophy Saturday night were, “Well, he got the name right. Thank you, Mr Fowler.”
Of course, Chris Fowler got the name right. He knew all week he was going to be responsible for introducing someone on national TV. He did his homework.
The same can’t be said for Heisman Trophy trustee Vasili Krishnamurti.
He identified the three finalists by saying “Haskins. Murray. Tangavalohu.”
His next effort was Tangavaloha.
Finally, the Alabama quarterback said, “Just Tua.”
Was this guy really the best choice to hand out the most prestigious individual award in American sports? Shouldn’t that job fall to someone who actually watches college football and thus would have heard of the record-setting quarterback?
The announcement was an insult to Tagovailoa and an embarrassment for the entire Heisman Trust. It also took away the drama of who was going to win. You had to know that if Tangavaloha was going to be the winner, somebody would have made sure his name was pronounced correctly.
Before next year, the Heisman Trust needs to Tighten Up.
Who do you think needs to Tighten Up? Call in and the best and most entertaining suggestion will win a $25 gift card to Buck’s Pizza on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile.
For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Tighten Up.