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. Day 4 brings us to the bottom half of the McKay bracket, but first here's Wednesday's winners…
1) Jack Buck calls Kirk Gibson's home run vs
Dickie V's Duke buzzer beater
8) Olympic swimming thriller vs
Antonio Freeman's circus catch
4) Bill Buckner's error vs
Christian Laettner's buzzer beater
5) Tiger's chip in vs
Magic's hook shot
3) The Goal of the Century vs Johnny Rodgers' punt return
6) Run Lindsay Run vs Jackie Smith's drop
2) Vin Scully calls Kirk Gibson's home run vs With no regard for human life
7) Carlton Fisk's home run vs Good ol' JR
Videos and polls after the jump…
3) "Barrilete cosmico!"
You know it has to be an epic for a Spanish language call to make it into a decisively English language tournament for the greatest announcing moment of all-time. Hugo Morales earns a spot with his call of Diego Maradona's Goal of the Century in the 1986 World Cup. And for those of you non-bilingual speakers, the awesome translation is below.
…passes the ball to Diego, now Maradona with the ball, two people on him, Maradona touches the ball, the genius of soccer heads to the right, and leaves the third and passes to Burruchaga… Always Maradona! Genius! Genius! Genius! ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta… GOAL!! GOAL!!! I am going to cry! Oh, my God! How beautiful soccer is! What a goal! Diego! Maradona! I am crying, forgive me please…. Maradona, with a memorable run, with the most beautiful play of all time…. cosmic podge…. which planet are you from? You let it seem so easy, and the whole country is a closed fist, is screaming for Argentina… Argentina 2 – England 0… Diegoal, Diegoal, Diego Armando Maradona… Thank God, for soccer, for Maradona, for these tears, for this.
"Man, woman and child did that put 'em in the aisles!"
One of the many Games of the Century took place in 1971 between #1 Nebraska and #2 Oklahoma. The Huskers won 35-31 thanks to a classic college football moment – Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers' punt return for a touchdown. The play is immortalized thanks to the voice of Nebraska football for 45 years, Lyell Bresmer.
Winner: Hugo Morales – 63% – 37%
6) "Run Lindsay Run"
Another signature play in the history of college football came at the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in 1980. Georgia was trailing Florida deep in their own territory in the final minute when Buck Belue hit Lindsay Scott, who took it all the way for the winning touchdown. Longtime Georgia play by play man Larry Munson gave the play its name with his urging of Scott into the endzone and got so excited he broke his chair.
"Bless his heart he's got to be the sickest man in America."
The third call from Verne Lundquist comes from way back in Super Bowl XIII when he was the voice of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys trailed by 7 in the 3rd Quarter when Roger Staubach fond Jackie Smith wide open in the endzone. Smith dropped the pass, the Cowboys settled for a field goal, and lost by 4. Verne painted quite the portrait of the misery the future Hall of Famer felt in that moment.
Winner: Verne Lundquist: 60% – 40% 7) "If it stays fair… home run!"
When looking at his body of work, there's no doubting Dick Stockton's place amongst the great sportscasters. He was there in 1975 to call the dramatic Game 6 walkoff home run of Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk. Of course the Reds came back to win Game 7, but that doesn't damper this call too much… does it?
"As God is my witness, he is broken in half!"
Ok, so it's debatable whether or not a clip from "sports entertainment" belongs in our list. But is there any doubt that this call by Jim Ross is one of the Top 64 of all-time in various fields of athletic endeavor? Deadspin just commemorated the 15th anniversary of Mick Foley being tossed off the top of the cell by the Undertaker. And the call by good ol' J.R. has become its own internet meme played over dozens of highlight reel plays! How could it not be included in our tournament?
Winner: Jim Ross 65% – 35%
2) "The impossible has happened!"
The second call from Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series home run in the McKay bracket comes from Vin Scully, and it's just as good as Jack Buck's call which is the 1 seed in this region. Just listen as Vin steps away for a minute and lets the moment breathe before coming back with an amazing call.
"With no regard for human life!"
It's a signature Kevin Harlan catchphrase and perhaps the best dunk call in basketball. But what makes it great is that Harlan only brings it out for the biggest jams, like this playoff posterization of LeBron James on Kevin Garnett.
Winner: Vin Scully 77% – 23%