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 and Round 2 are in the books and you can view the full results at the links. This week will see the Sweet 16.
First the winners so far and we've already seen two unseeded calls make the Elite 8. One from Ian Darke and thanks to massive support from the WWE Universe, Jim Ross had a huge victory over Hugo Morales.
1) Miracle on Ice 73% vs 4) Manchester City's title winner 27%
The best of Gus Johnson 38% vs Abby Wambach saves the USA's life 62%
1) Jack Buck calls Kirk Gibson's home run vs 4) Bill Buckner's error
3) The Goal of the Century vs Good ol' JR
Up next is the Summerall Bracket. Today's matchups...
1) Go Go USA vs 5) Go crazy folks
3) Flutie's Hail Mary vs 2) The band is on the field!
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.
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.
2) "The band is out on the field!"
It's a play that's been seen so many times, it has come to be known simply as "The Play." Cal versus Stanford in 1982. On a miraculous, last-second return featuring laterals and an ill-timed marching band performance, the Bears upset John Elway and Stanford. But, would this play be as legendary without Joe Starkey's amazing call?
3) "He did it, he did it, Flutie did it!"
Doug Flutie's Hail Mary to Gerard Phelan was a miraculous turn of events that saw Boston College defeat Miami at the Orange Bowl during the 1984 season. The dramatics lead to Flutie being awarded the Heisman Trophy. And the call by Dan Davis began the legend of Flutie doing whatever "it" is.