The umpire crew on the Rose Bowl obtained off to a rocky begin Monday when the sport’s umpire made an enormous mistake attempting to introduce United States Senator Mark Kelly.
Kelly was on the sphere alongside former US Home member and 2023 Match of Roses grand quarterback Gabrielle Giffords, who can be his spouse, throughout the coin toss earlier than the matchup between the No. 11 Penn State and No. 8 Utah. Referee Michael Vandervelde had the duty of introducing them each to the group and to the followers watching from dwelling.
Though Vandervelde obtained off to an excellent begin speaking about Giffords, he stumbled when he obtained to the incumbent junior senator from Arizona, calling him Mark Lewis as a substitute of Mark Kelly.
With the Rose Bowl being one of many most-watched video games of the faculty soccer season, Vandervelde’s mistake was rapidly caught on by followers and members of the media who watched the sport.
It definitely wasn’t the smoothest begin to “The Granddaddy of Them All,” particularly for Vandervelde and the refereeing crew. The umpire might be seeking to make up for the now-viral second on the sphere Monday when Utah (10-3) and Penn State (10-2) meet within the newest version of the Rose Bowl.