Play by Play Announcer Goes off on Security Guard on Air

San Diego sports broadcasting legend Ted “Loveable” Leitner is an Web sensation after an epic meltdown at the Thomas &Mack Center. Leitner went ballistic Saturday in the final minutes of the Mountain West title game between San Diego State and New Mexico.

His on-air rant came in response to a security guard interrupting Leitner’s play-by-play at the most critical time, demanding the broadcaster’s suitcase be moved.

“The suitcase was right behind the chair next to me,” said Leitner, who had a quick flight to Arizona. “It had been there the entire game. It wasn’t going to be in anybody’s way.

“I understand all about 9/11, but this is overzealousness,” said Leitner, reached Tuesday in Arizona where he was back in the booth as the longtime voice of the San Diego Padres.

With 75 seconds to go in a tight game, Aztecs fans heard Leitner go off the rails.

You can listen to his call here