Throughout July we're on a 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. There are certainly some heavy favorites, but also some upsets in the making along the way. Throughout the first round, polls will be open for a day until the next batch of matchups are published.
With a tip of the cap to the WGC Match Play, each bracket will also pay tribute to one of the great announcers in sports. You can check out all the winners from the Gowdy Bracket here including the #2 and #3 seeds falling in the first round. As we move into Day 3, we begin matchups in the Jim McKay bracket...
1) Jack Buck calls Kirk Gibson's home run vs Dickie V's Duke buzzer beater
8) Olympic swimming thriller vs Antonio Freeman's circus catch
4) Bill Buckner's error vs Christian Laettner's buzzer beater
5) Tiger's chip in vs Magic's hook shot
3) The Goal of the Century vs Johnny Rodgers' punt return
6) Run Lindsay Run vs Jackie Smith's drop
2) Vin Scully calls Kirk Gibson's home run vs With no regard for human life
7) Carlton Fisk's home run vs Good ol' JR
Today the votes take place in the top half of the McKay Bracket...
1) "I don't believe what I just saw!"
Kirk Gibson's home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series is such a famous moment it has the top two seeds in the McKay bracket, and with all-time great announcers like Jack Buck and Vin Scully it should be no surprise. Buck's call of the remarkable moment earned a 1 seed with one of the most famous lines in sports. "I don't believe what I just saw."
"Lets it fly..."
Dick Vitale, yes the same Dick Vitale who is on our Mount Rushmore and tweets about Justin Bieber, makes the countdown with his excitement over Jeff Capel's half court overtime buzzer beater in 1995. Skip ahead to the 2:00 mark to hear what may be Dickie V's most famous moment in the booth.
Winner: Jack Buck 85% - 15%
8) "Here comes Lezak!"
One of the most underrated exciting moments in recent sports history is Jason Lezak's comeback to win a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in the 4x100 freestyle relay for the USA (and Michael Phelps, naturally). But what really made the moment memorable is Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines losing their minds over the thrilling comeback.
"He did what?!?!"
One of the craziest plays in NFL history is Antonio Freeman's miraculous behind the back on the ground catch on Monday Night Football in 2000. Al Michaels captures it perfectly.
Winner: Dan Hicks 63% - 37%
4) "It gets through Buckner!"
A baseball rolling through the legs of Bill Buckner has been replayed ten million times. Each time you think he may actually corral it and each time you hear Vin Scully's stunned reaction. Scully's call not just for that play, but throughout the Mets comeback shows why he's an all time great behind the mic.
"Here's the pass to Laettner..."
Christian Laettner's buzzer beater to beat Kentucky in the 1992 Elite 8 may be the most famous shot in NCAA Tournament history. Verne Lundquist's call is short on words but long on conveying the dramatic moment.
Winner: Vin Scully 67% - 33%
5) "In your LIFE!"
Uncle Verne makes another appearance (his 2nd of 4 in the tournament to lead all announcers) from his perch in the 16th tower at Augusta. This chip in by Tiger Woods in the 2005 Masters is a memorable Masters moment made all the better by Verne's call.
"Magic down the middle..."
Lakers play by play man Chick Hearn is an announcing icon so it's fitting that we would include his call of Magic Johnson's hook shot to beat the Celtics in Game 4 of the 1987 NBA Finals.
Winner: Verne Lundquist 77% - 23%
What about the Monday Night Football game in which the New York Jets came back from trailing to the Miami Dolphins 30-7 with 13:00 left in Regulation, to win the game in Overtime?
What about the Oregon Ducks crazy play in the Rose Bowl where Colorado thought that the Oregon player was down, but he was never officially ruled down because he fell onto the backside of a Colorado Bufaloes defender and kept on running with the ball for a Touchdown and the Colorado player's didn't chase after him, because they thought that he was already down???
Although Verne's call on 16 was fantastic, i think the build up of Gary Koch's call at Sawgrass #17 was a little better. "Better than most..."
Wow ... these are tough choices. Because they are all so good.
Good to see ol' Verne get four spots. Could have a Verne vs. Verne in round 2. Maybe ... YES SIR!! has to be there and is probably the highest-seeded golf call. Excited to see which one is Verne's fourth.
I was wondering if the Lezak call would be on here. To this day, it still gives me chills and I agree that it's one of the most underrated sports moments in recent history.