KICK & TELL: GLADOVIC GOES FROM PRESS BOX TO GROUND
With the St. Petersburg Swans nursing a one-goal lead at the big break of Saturday night’s 2017 Home Opener at the newly-christened ‘Four ‘N Twenty Field at Campbell Park’, a call for reinforcements went to perhaps the most unexpected place – the broadcast booth.
That ensuing third quarter action would make footy history, with Swans’ color analyst and American Footy Star entrepreneur Miro Gladovic becoming the first footy commentator to leave the press box and join the action on the footy ground during a competitive match.
Locked in what had been a closely-fought tussle with the Pittsburgh Blackbirds metro side, a battling St. Petersburg squad was certainly in no mood for a gimmick.
Gladovic’s play proved to be anything but a lark, as the Melbourne native posted numerous key marks and contributed throughout the contest.
Although broadcast partner and play-by-play announcer Rich Libero would go on to poke at his partner’s multiple missed scoring opportunities, Senior Coach Dustin Jones sang Gladovic’s praises in the effort:
‘Losing Tim (Kleman, injured) and Miro really killed us late,’ Jones said after the match, which ended with the Blackbirds blowing the doors off in the final frame, to run out by 46.
‘We could use Miro in there, for sure’, he added.
Only time will tell if Gladovic will take his usual seat in the press box for the Red & White’s next match – April 22 at 6 pm vs. the Miami Saints metro side – or if he’ll find a new station in life – helping lead the Swans up front.