Watching so much of the World Cup the past few weeks made me remember someone else I once knew. In high school, I had a couple of classes with a guy who had been born in Argentina and moved to the US as a teen; his name was Andres Cantor. Some years later, I found myself watching a Spanish-language soccer broadcast, and who should the play-by-play man turn out to be but my old schoolmate. Andres
eventually became fairly well known in the US as a soccer announcer; he was especially famous for his exuberant cries of "Goooooaaaalllllll!!!" whenever anyone scored--a very common broadcast style in Latin America which he introduced to the US.
Since I've moved away from Southern California, I've missed having access to Spanish-language broadcasts (with Andres announcing) of the World Cup. The announcers on ESPN and ABC all seem to feel a need to yammer on and on about things other than the action on the field. Andres, on the other hand, always focused on the action. In particular, he always told you whoever was on the ball. If I'm watching soccer on TV, that's what I want to know most of all.Here
is a short clip from a US-Mexico match where you can here one of Andres' signature "Goooaaalll" announcements.
"May the hinges of friendship never rust, nor the wings of love lose a feather"--Scottish blessing