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. First up, the Round of 32 in the Gowdy Bracket.
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) "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.
"He thinks he has scored a touchdown, he has scored a safety!"
Before Joe Starkey was the voice of the 49ers, it was the legendary pipes of Lon Simmons. His most famous call is the wrong way run of Jim Marshall in 1964 that perfectly captures the shock, excitement, and absurdity of the moment.
4) "I swear you''ll never see anything like this ever again!"
On the last day of the 2012 EPL season, Manchester City scored 2 goals in the final minutes to beat QPR and win their first title since 1968 thanks to Sergio Aguero's game winner. Martin Tyler's call is nothing short of extraordinary.
5) "The Bulls win, they win!"
Michael Jordan's shot over Craig Ehlo from the 1989 playoffs is one of the most iconic moments in NBA history. Jim Durham's classic call certainly plays its part.
We could have picked a dozen Gus Johnson March Madness calls for our own field of 64, but perhaps Gus' best overall call comes not from the NCAA Tournament but the 2011 Pac 10 Tournament. Isaiah Thomas' buzzer beater won it for Washington, but look for Gus as he gets out of his seat at the announce table.
6) "It's a miracle!"
Some calls are so good they come to define the greatest moments in sports. That was the case with Frank Wycheck's lateral to Kevin Dyson that became known as the Music City Miracle thanks to Titans radio announcer Mike Keith.
7) "Holy Buckeye!"
The 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes were a team of destiny. No moment made that more clear than Craig Krenzel's totally insane 4th & 1 pass TD pass to Michael Jenkins trailing on the road in the final minutes at Purdue that flew in the face of Tresselball. Brent Musburger said it best - holy Buckeye!
"Abby Wambach has saved the USA's life in this World Cup!"
The USA didn't win the 2011 Women's World Cup, losing in PKs to Japan in the Final. However, they did provide the Game of the Year and a moment that continues to live well beyond the life of the tournament. Abby Wambach's equalizer in the dying seconds of extra time called by the voice of American soccer - Ian Darke.
I wish there was a version of the Mike Keith radio call of the Music City Miracle play that didn't have Pat Ryan trying to talk on top of him. There are some real gems in this mix, though.
Bulls' fan in me wanted to vote for Durham, but Martin Tyler's call for Manchester City is too good to pass up.
What's it say when we have Al Michaels, Jim Durham, Gus Johnson, and Ian Darke all up? It just shows how spoiled we are with the announcers we get in the US.
@DanielOrmsby And that doesn't cover great announcers like Martin Tyler and Brent.