We're on a quest to definitively name the greatest announcing call in the history of sports. We started with a list of 64 that have now been narrowed down to two. Today that finally becomes one with the final of the Greatest Call Tournament.
First, here's your Semifinal Results:
1) Miracle on Ice 80% vs 1) Jack Buck calls Kirk Gibson's home run 20%
2) The band is on the field! 47% vs 2) Down goes Frazier! 53%
It's now time for the final! Which is the greatest call in the history of sports? Al Michaels and his immortal Miracle on Ice call or Howard Cosell's legendary narrative of down goes Frazier.
Time for you to decide the Greatest Call in sports history...
1) "Do you believe in miracles?"
Al Michaels delivered one of the most iconic lines in sports at the 1980 Olympics as the USA Men's Hockey Team defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union in one of the greatest upsets ever seen. The call from Michaels lends its name to this iconic moment - the Miracle on Ice.
2) "Down goes Frazier!"
There is no more legendary name in broadcasting than Howard Cosell. And there's no more famous call in the history of boxing than George Foreman's domination of Heavyweight Champ Joe Frazier. You know, back when the Heavyweight Championship meant something and boxing was the sport of kings. Although Cosell's mere 3 words became famous, the entirety of his rabid call is something to behold.
I didn't want to say it in the first week but the Miracle call shouldn't have even been in this. I think even if you don't know the difference between a clothes line and blue line (see what I did there) you can agree it is the best call in the history of American sports. It should have just been declared the champ, and searched for second place, which is "down goes Frasier"
The history and world climate around the Miracle on Ice makes it #1. As Herb Brooks put it to his players, as the crowd chanted, "USA, USA, USA." "Listen......that's what you did." Al Michael's call was the icing on the perfect cake.
The beauty of Michael's call is not just the famous exclamation but the silence of the broadcaster that followed.... all you hear is the crowd and the exultation of the players. Great stuff.
Can we not call this North America's greatest call? The rest of the televised world plays sports too, and, whilst I am admittedly biased, this is a GREAT call from across the pond. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzsOOLIsZ-U
There is no bigger disparity between approaches than Michaels' Scully-like willingness to let the pictures tell the stories and Cosell's insistence on filling every second with his voice.
Definitely the Miracle on Ice. Especially with how improbable if not impossible task it was for the US to beat the Soviets.
Hey -- I haven't followed this every day, but was the Joe Carter World Series HR call in here? "touch em all, Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life??"
@spin0rama I remember a lot about that broadcast and I believe that Al Michaels said at the start of the telecast that there are lot of Americans who don't know the difference between a blue line, but this game means everything to them.
@MortNordel the ungliness of the call was the other guy steppin on it by yelling ITS OVER right before he goes into his do you believe in miracles line.
@AndrewPrice1 It had my vote in the opening round, should have gone much further!
@AndrewPrice1 That call was in the field of 64 for this greatest call tournament.