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 and the McKay bracket here. As we move into Day 3, we move to the other side of the bracket for the Pat Summerall region...
1) Go Go USA vs Dickie V's Classic NASCAR finish
8) Joe Carter's home run vs England's World Cup winner
4) Bird's steal vs Gar Heard's jumper
5) Go crazy folks vs The best of Ray Hudson
3) Flutie's Hail Mary vs The slipper still fits
6) Hello Heisman vs App State's upset
2) The band is on the field! vs Miracle at the Meadowlands
7) Yes sir vs Colorado Hail Mary
Here we go...
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.
"They touch, they touch!"
It was a day like any other in 2003, NASCAR's spring race at Darlington, the "track too tough to tame". But, in the span of 0.002 seconds that all changed as Ricky Craven beat Kurt Busch to the finish line in one of NASCAR's closest and most thrilling finishes. The work done by FOX announcers Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, and Darrell Waltrip as Busch and Craven nearly wrecked each other over the course of the last two laps was racing at its best, on and off the track.
Winner: Ian Darke 84% - 16%
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.
"They think it's all over, it is now!"
With the global nature of such an endeavor, we had to include the most famous announcing call in British sport. The 1966 FIFA World Cup Final featured West Germany and England at historic Wembley Stadium in London. The English had never won world soccer's biggest prize, and now was their chance on home soil. In extra time, Geoff Hurst controversially scored his second goal to give England a 3-2 lead. As the game wound down, the crowd rushed the field in a sign of premature celebration. At the same time, Hurst sprinted up field, scored his 3rd goal of the match as fans scurried off the pitch, and sealed England's victory. That moment, captured by the BBC's Kenneth Wolstenholme, is arguably the most famous in the history of British sport.
Winner: Tom Cheek 75% - 25%
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.
"It's good! It's tied again!"
We had to have a call from one of AA's favorites, Brent Musburger. Shockingly, it didn't involve Katherine Webb or a particular brand of tortilla chips. Instead, we go back to the 1976 NBA Finals and the craziest game in NBA Finals history. Gar Heard's shot at the end of the second OT was the climax of a wild set of circumstances that is evidenced by Musburger and Rick Barry's unbridled amazement.
Winner: Johnny Most 54% - 46%
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.
"He literally disperses his atoms inside of his body"
Ray Hudson has been featured many times on this site for his announcing antics. Trying to pick just one of Hudson's soliloquies was nearly impossible. Maybe it's an inspiration derived from Breaking Bad, but we chose this chemistry-themed description of a piece of Messi brilliance.
Winner: Jack Buck 74% - 26%
@JRsBBQ have a ever ref'd a college fb game?
Most underrated part of Darke's call is "Distribution ... brilliant" on Howard's quick pass to get the counterattack going. Darke recognizes that something big is happening and gives the goaltender credit. Shows knowledge and feel for the game.
Holy crow are some of these tough to pick between, and this is the 1st round! Picked "They think it's all over" and "We're tied again" even though "Touch 'em all Joe" and "What a play by Bird!" are both excellent as well.
@awfulannouncing whew, no WWE today. Much happier
@JRsBBQ looking good so far JR, you're facing Vin Scully in Round 2 though, that one's sure to be a slobberknocker!
@awfulannouncing This whole series has been great. It's hard to not get chills watching these. Great work.
@awfulannouncing I've always heard "Goal! Goal, USA" but then again I'm blind.
I am really liking this, but wow this is too soccer-centric!....6 soccer moments in the first 3 brackets. Too much east coast bias as well....c'mon I know the Celtics are a dynasty but 3 times in here....Where is a Dick Enberg "Oh my"...no where to be found. I love Verne Lundquist, but he's on the list so many times, that Tiger chip isn't an all time best...his yes sir after Nicklaus on 16 in the 86 masters is way better (coming Saturday)....Al Michaels with the Antonio Freeman catch, where's his super bowl call of Santonio Holmes td? How about Gary Bender in the '83 championship game..oh it's a long way!
@awfulannouncing the final 10 minutes of Miracle On Ice is the best 4 calls of all-time. Everything else is competing for # 5, IMHO.
How is Jack Buck's call only a 5 seed in it's own bracket?! As far as I'm concerned it's the second best call of all time next to "Do you believe in miracle's?"! I still get goosebumps when I hear either of them.
@awfulannouncing The soccer call being included with Bird's steal is a joke. Get that shit outta here.
@mikewilm thank you! still one more bracket to go then it's onto Round 2!
@Timmah1963 Jack Buck is one of the Greatest that has ever spoke into the mic and I couldn't agree with you more with Do You Believe In Miracles.
@ColTroutman @awfulannouncing Agreed. Nothing can compare to the greatness that is Ian Darke. Not even Larry Legend.
@JRsBBQ yes babe love it face and sauce xx
@JRsBBQ Sir, you are a legend. My question is though - What are your pre gig expectations of Glasgow and Scotland overall?