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Announcers: Gus Johnson is the Greatest.

Among the NFL's TV Play-by-Play guys, I believe he's truly the best of this era.

You have to love the way he calls games. Everything is exciting to him. It's as if he's standing RIGHT there, running right next to each player as the plays happen. That's what great announcers are like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9Q-agrk-jc&feature=related
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Sep 26, 2009 at 7:19 PM ]
Meh different tastes.

IMO, he gets the greatest label because of how much he yells and screams.

I prefer the guy who provides great analysis and witty remarks.

-9fA
Originally posted by 9erfanAUS:
Meh different tastes.

IMO, he gets the greatest label because of how much he yells and screams.

I prefer the guy who provides great analysis and witty remarks.

-9fA

I feel like excitement precedes the knowledge aspect.

Any announcer is going to be pretty knowledgeable, but without excitement -- I don't want to listen to a guy blab facts and figures that either I already know myself or don't care to know. The guys who establish catch phrases for themselves (Starkey and "Oh, what a bonanza!" -- and Mike Patrick with "Holy cow" and "Are you KIDDING me?" -- Al Michaels with "He did WHAT?" .. etc.) are special announcers.

I want an announcer that makes it feel like they're in the thick of the action as it's taking place.
^^ To put my previous post in context, my fav combo was Al and Madden. Starkey is good too.

I still disagree on Johnson. I know he is really popular but I don't see it.

There's a difference between Starkey's excitement and Johnson simply yelling into a mic.

-9fA
Originally posted by 9erfanAUS:
^^ To put my previous post in context, my fav combo was Al and Madden. Starkey is good too.

I still disagree on Johnson. I know he is really popular but I don't see it.

There's a difference between Starkey's excitement and Johnson simply yelling into a mic.

-9fA

Johnson's call of the Stokely catch seemed Lon Simmons-esque, to me, honestly. Many remember the call of the Steve Young run, and that call just had that kind "breath-taking" excitement.

Al is okay, and I always loved Madden. Madden is classic -- a funny guy, a good guy, and extremely knowledgeable. I feel bad that he was with Summerrall for so long. Pat had a good "game-calling" voice, but was so slow and unenthusiastic. Watching the Owens catch in the Wildcard victory against Green Bay was amazing in itself the first time. I was screaming too much to listen to Pat. But watching it on tape a second time.. the excitement could never be relived at the same level unless I watch a Starkey clip. Watching the footage with Pat Summerall simply took the emotion out of it.

I think it's obviously great to have a nice combo. Madden, in my opinion, made Michaels better to listen to. I enjoyed Mike Patrick and that old team on Sunday Night Football in the past.

I also think the San Jose Sharks announcers -- Hahn and Remenda -- are a fabulous duo as well.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Sep 26, 2009 at 10:40 PM ]
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I strongly agree. Gus Johnson is the greatest.

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