Boise Sports Anchor Does the News As Ron Burgundy

By Connor Muldowney
Boise State
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As we all know, and some of us want to forget, yesterday was Halloween. It’s the time of year where people can dress like complete weirdos and it’s completely accepted — actually it’s encouraged. It seems like a popular costume since the movie Anchorman came out in 2004 has been the lead character, Rob Burgundy. One Boise sports anchor took the whole Ron Burgundy costume to a whole new level, dressing and acting like him on a live newscast.

The burgundy coat-wearing, mustache-donning over-confident anchorman was everyone’s favorite character from the movie and it looks like this Halloween, the Boise sportscaster wanted nothing more than to be like his hero. The sportscaster’s name is Paul Gerke and he does an amazing ad-lib impersonation of the world’s most famous anchorman.

As you can see, the newscaster has a serious talent for impersonating famous movie characters. It was pretty awesome to see him talk about relatively boring sports teams with his impression of Burgundy. The fake mustache and burgundy outfit made the character that much better as he became one with Ron.

This probably gets people excited for the Anchorman 2 movie that is set to come out on Christmas day. Probably the best Burgundy impression I’ve seen in a while and it was awesome to see him stick with it the entire time and drop quotes from the movie while talking about college basketball.

However, he did make one mistake that I couldn’t tell if it was a joke or not. When the screen with the Top 10 basketball teams came up, the parentheses under the team’s ranking is for the amount of No. 1 votes each team received but Gerke said it was for the number of players on the team. Although it was likely a joke, people wouldn’t get the Rob Burgundy being not-so-smart joke.

Well played, Ron — I mean Paul.

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