Voice of the People: Memorable Sports Commentators
For many, the individuals behind the scenes of the action on the field are just as important as the players in the game. Professional sports commentators are an integral part of any sport, and often build a lasting relationship with fans that keep them coming back for more. From notable catchphrases to trailblazing achievements, these sportscasters breathe life into the sports they narrate.
Serving nearly 30 years as a commentator for the NFL, Michaels is a legend in the field. Starting his career on NBC, Michaels has lent his talents to a variety of sports over the years. His most memorable line probably comes from his reaction to the historic American hockey victory over the favored Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics. After the landmark triumph, Michaels famously announced, “Do you believe in miracles?” The line has since been used countless times in pop culture.
Now retired, this long-time Dodgers personality is an excellent example of the impact a sports commentator can have on a team’s fan base. Scully’s name is almost synonymous with the MLB team, even following them from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. This iconic figure’s retirement in 2016, hit fans hard and he was voted by Dodger Heads as “Most Memorable Personality.” He also gets bonus points for having X-Files Agent Scully named in his honor.
One of the few females in a male dominated arena, Andrews is just as hardworking as any of her colleagues. Growing up with an Emmy-awarding winning father who was an investigative journalist, Andrews was raised watching professional sports. Currently on the Fox Sports pay-roll, fans will usually find her on the field during any major NFL game. Her tremendous impact on other women in her profession will surely be seen in the years to come.
Chick Hearn probably has more contributions to basketball than anyone else in his field. He singled-handedly invented phrases such as slam dunk, air ball, and no foul; all of which are now part of the sport’s literary cannon. His machine gun pace and spastic creativity was enjoyed by L.A. fans over the 37 years of his incredible career.
Well, did we forget any of your favorite sports commentator? Feel free to share your thoughts and favorite catch phrases in the comments!
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