We're on our quest to definitively name the greatest announcing call in the history of sports. We started with a list of 64 (the top 32 of which were seeded) that will be narrowed down to 1 at the end of the month that will earn the greatest of all-time title thanks to your votes. Each day will bring a list of new matchups as we march our way through the tournament. Round 1 is in the books and you can view the full results here. This week will see us complete Round 2.
Here's this week's winners so far...
1) Miracle on Ice vs Jim Marshall's wrong way run
4) Manchester City's title winner vs 5) MJ over Ehlo
The best of Gus Johnson vs 6) Music City Miracle
Abby Wambach saves the USA's life vs 7) Holy Buckeye
1) Jack Buck calls Kirk Gibson's home run vs 8) Olympic swimming thriller
4) Vin Scully calls Bill Buckner's error vs 5) Tiger's chip in
3) The Goal of the Century vs Jackie Smith's drop
2) Vin Scully calls Kirk Gibson's home run vs Good ol' JR
Today is voting in the Summerall bracket. Polls and videos after the jump...
1) "Go Go USA!"
Was it the moment that truly launched the sport of soccer into American mainstream culture? Only time will tell. But, Ian Darke's dramatic call of Landon Donovan's game-winning goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup certainly put the Brit on the American sporting map. Darke is currently ESPN's lead soccer commentator, but his lasting gift is this memorable moment of American sporting history.
8) "Touch 'em all Joe!"
Joe Carter's home run to clinch the 1993 World Series for the Blue Jays ironically did more for the pitcher who gave up the home run than anyone involved. Mitch Williams has gained much more from his infamy than Joe Carter ever has for hitting the most important home run in his life. I guess that's how irony works. Tom Cheek needed four words to immortalize Carter's game winner.
4) "What a play by Bird!"
Celtics announcer Johnny Most has more than one entry in our Top 64, and rightfully so as Celtics radio announcer for almost 40 years. While the steal by John Havlicek happened towards the beginning of Most's tenure, this steal by Bird happened towards the end, in 1987. Still, it's hard to hide the shock and glee in Most's voice at the Celtics literally stealing victory from the hated Bad Boys.
5) "Go crazy folks!"
Ozzie Smith's home run in Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS certainly made Cardinals fans "go crazy." It was somewhat ironic though that the man telling Cardinals fans go crazy was the ever-composed Jack Buck. Perhaps it's that contrast that has made this one of Buck's legendary calls.
3) "He did it, he did it, Flutie did it!"
Doug Flutie's Hail Mary to Gerard Phelan was a miraculous turn of events that saw Boston College defeat Miami at the Orange Bowl during the 1984 season. The dramatics lead to Flutie being awarded the Heisman Trophy. And the call by Dan Davis began the legend of Flutie doing whatever "it" is.
"The Mountaineers have just beaten the Michigan Wolverines!"
Sorry, Michigan fans. AA giveth, and AA taketh away. The upset by Appalachian State over #5 Michigan in 2007 shocked the college football world. And clearly, it shocked the ASU radio team of David Jackson and Steve Brown more than anybody.
2) "The band is out on the field!"
It's a play that's been seen so many times, it has come to be known simply as "The Play." Cal versus Stanford in 1982. On a miraculous, last-second return featuring laterals and an ill-timed marching band performance, the Bears upset John Elway and Stanford. But, would this play be as legendary without Joe Starkey's amazing call?
7) "Yes sir!"
Two old bears convened for one of the most iconic moments in sports history. To listen to the highlights of that incredible back nine is a trip down memory lane for any golf fan. However, the climactic birdie by Jack Nicklaus on the 71st hole of the 1986 Masters, as called by Verne Lundquist, is the truly lasting moment that will be replayed as long as The Masters exists.
The ASU radio call is one of the worst calls in the history of broadcasting. But since it came against Michigan, I LOVE it.
@DanielOrmsby Why a pro wrestling call is even considered legitimate enough to be amongst these legends makes this whole tournament about as sketchy as the 2006 NCAA Tournament when George Mason made it to the Final Four. End this madness people and don't let pro wrestling go any further!!
@CD24 Whether you like it or not, WWE is classified as SPORTS entertainment. The competition is to determine the greatest call in the history of all sports, and since WWE is SPORTS entertainment, then it meets the qualification of the sports part of a sports poll.
The fact (if I'm not mistaken) that there's no Keith Jackson in this tournament pretty much nullifies the validity of the results. It's like omitting the #1 ranked team from the NCAA tourney.
Also, yesterday I tried to vote for Vin Scully and your poll wouldn't let me. He didn't lose by 1 vote did he? :)
@mattb_222 Round 1, Day 6 ... Keith Jackson calls Colorado's hail mary pass win over Michigan at the Big House.