Friday, December 28, 2007
This is about the best news I've heard in quite some time, and it's even better news for Detroit Pistons fans. Via MTAC....For one night, and one night only, Gus Johnson will be calling a game for his hometown team. How awesome is that? This awesome....
Broadcaster Gus Johnson has covered a lot of big events in nearly two decades -- Olympics, the NFL, NCAA Tournament, play-by-play for the Knicks.That's just good karma right there folks. I wonder if anyone out there knows how many times this has happened before. Sure hometown announcers get to call National games (see Marv Albert), but for a Knicks Announcer to call a Pistons game has got to be extremely rare.
Despite all that, Johnson says broadcasting tonight's Pacers-Pistons game (8, Channel 4) will top his career highlight list.
"I'm just a Detroit boy who grew up loving the Pistons, and now I get to come full-circle for one night," said Johnson, who grew up in the Livernois and Davison area. "I'm nervous, excited, it's getting me a little choked up, really."
Veteran Pistons broadcaster George Blaha will miss the game because of his other job -- broadcasting Michigan State football at the Champs Sports Bowl. "I think Gus is a hard-working, up-and-coming broadcaster in this league," Blaha said. "It's hard for me to miss a game, but I feel good knowing that Gus is a Detroit guy getting to call the game."
It's times like these I'm glad for the League Pass.
Wait Until Mushnick Hears This One (My Teams Are Cursed)
Johnson subs for Blaha, who is busy with MSU (Detroit News)