“¡No, señor! ¡No, señor!, ¡No, señor! ¡No, señor!”
Al Michaels, Kevin Harlan and Eagles longtime play-by-play voice Merrill Reese each called Cody Parkey’s missed (now blocked) field goal which saw the Eagles advance to the Divisional Round of the playoffs, but it was Spanish play-by-play announcer Rickie Ricardo’s sensational call of the play that went viral, even among English-speaking football fans.
Ricardo’s signature “¡Sí, señor! ¡Sí, señor!” call when a field goal is made has been shared many times in the past, notably Jake Elliot’s 62 yarder to beat the Giants in September 2017.
Ricardo’s Sunday evening call of Cody Parkey’s failed field goal attempt has been played by numerous radio stations across the country and shared on Twitter by thousands. Ricardo told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on WFAN he’s received non-stop requests from all media outlets to discuss the call.
The English translation of Ricardo’s call is the following:
“The season is in the foot of Cody Parkey. Forty-three yards. The snap. Gets his foot on it. Has Distance … direction … He hit the pole! No! He missed the shot! No, sir! No, sir! No, sir! No, sir! No, sir! No, sir! No, sir! The Eagles take the victory! Oh, daddy… no, sir! Chicaaaago, Chicaaaago …we are going to New Orleans! Philadelphia wins the game!”
Ricardo explained to Jesenia De Moya Correa from Philly.com how he came up with his signature field goal call which he packs with emotion and excitement.
“During these years of work with the Eagles, I’ve wanted to simplify the broadcasting of football for Latino and Hispanic audiences, since baseball and soccer are the passion sports for our countries. But I want people to live the moment, so I keep my narration to translating to listeners what the key elements are — a touchdown, a field goal — while I add the emotion and passion that Hispanics have for any other sport. Sí, señor and No, señor are very simple words that people who speak English or Spanish understand. It’s a style that I’ve developed for bilingual Hispanics so that all listeners get the feeling of the game, despite the language.”
Ricardo began providing serving as the Spanish play-by-play voice of the Eagles in 2010 and can be heard on La Mega 105.7 FM and WTTM 1680 AM. The broadcaster also calls Yankee games in Spanish, which he began doing in 2014 and regularly joins Joe and Evan on WFAN in New York to discuss baseball and the NFL.
Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.