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. 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
1) Go Go USA vs 8) Joe Carter's home run
4) Bird's steal vs 5) Go crazy folks
3) Flutie's Hail Mary vs App State's upset
2) The band is on the field! vs 7) Yes sir
Today Round 2 ends with voting in the Allen bracket. Polls and videos after the jump...
1) "The Giants win the pennant!"
The Shot Heard 'Round the World. Bobby Thompson's famous home run for the New York Giants off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers is the oldest call in our list from 1951. That fact though only confirms how Russ Hodges' call has stood the test of time. Such broadcasting legends as Ernie Harwell and Red Barber called that one game playoff for various media outlets. But, it's the sheer exuberance of Hodges that has been seared into history.
8) "There's nothing real in the world anymore!"
The Simpsons said it best, as they always do. As Lisa helps Homer gamble on pro football, they are both overjoyed as the Raiders win on a "extreeeemely suspicious play." Where did that reputation come from... 1978's Holy Roller, of course. And only Bill King could perfectly capture every moment of such an extreeeemely suspicious play to win the game for the Silver and Black.
4) "Send it in Jerome!"
Jerome Lane had a rather unspectacular playing career. However, he is responsible for the most replayed highlight in the last 25 years of college basketball. It didn't hurt that fan favorite Bill Raftery spoke four words that have become part of the basketball lexicon.
5) "There's a new home run champion of all-time and it's Henry Aaron!"
Milo Hamilton's radio call of Hank Aaron's 715th home run has been attached at the hip to this historic moment. That's in spite of the fact that Curt Gowdy broadcasted the game for TV and Vin Scully was there as well with the Dodgers. It's worth looking into Scully's call as well though, as the Dodgers legend may have provided the more meaningful context in the wake of the historical moment.
3) "We'll see you tomorrow night!"
Jack Buck finds himself in our list yet again for another legendary call of an historic baseball moment. This time, it's the 1991 World Series and an extra-innings home run by Kirby Puckett that forced a Game 7 back at the Metrodome. This call has been made even more special by the tribute from Jack's son Joe in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series
"Look at Mills!"
The 1964 Olympics, specifically the 10000m, is probably not the first event that would come to mind when thinking of the top announcing calls in sports history. Analyst Dick Bank's shock and excitement at the sight of American Bill Mills streaking towards the gold medal though certainly belongs in the discussion. History has been kinder to Bank's call than the present day was. The analyst was fired the next day by NBC for his "unprofessionalism" after he "upstaged" fellow announcer Bud Palmer.
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.
7) "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!"
The 1994 New York Rangers had one of the most dramatic postseason journeys in the history of the NHL. The most famous call didn't happen in the Stanley Cup Final though, it occurred in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Double OT. Rangers versus Devils at Madison Square Garden. And one word from Howie Rose said it all.