Greatest Call Tournament – Gowdy Bracket Sweet 16

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.  Up next is the Gowdy Bracket.  Today's matchups…

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1) Miracle on Ice vs 4) Manchester City's title winner

The best of Gus Johnson vs Abby Wambach saves the USA's life

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.

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.

"Cold… blooded!"

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.

"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.

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