Marv Albert Shows Joe Buck How To Make A Memorable Call

Saturday, February 09, 2008

When I first posted the David Tyree catch and proclaimed how terrible Joe Buck's call was, I asked you to imagine Gus Johnson (or anyone for that matter with emotion) calling that same play. Well thanks to LBMS I was able to take Marv Albert's radio call of the play and add it in with the video.

Let's watch that play again....



I'm not even going to post the Joe Buck call again because it will just make me mad, but here's Bill Simmons' take on the call....
If you're a play-by-play announcer and you can't get excited for a play like that, then why are you doing this for a living? Only Pat Summerall could get away with deadpan calls for miracle plays, and I have to say, even Pat's voice might have cracked on that one. Over everything else, a play-by-play guy should be able to match the excitement of a particular game, right? How could Buck feel good about himself after that call? Imagine him doing the last seconds of the USA-USSR hockey game in 1980? "And the clock winds down ... and the Americans have done it."
Yep, that about sums it up.

Did Marv out-perform Buck on 'The Snatch'? YESSSS! (Lord, Beer Me Strength)
Greatest. Super Bowl Catch. Ever. (Awful Announcing)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:45 PM

16 Comments:

Eh, still isn't that great. I want to hear the rest of the calls though. There is still the Giants, Pats and International call left.

Nyjer Please said...
Feb 9, 2008, 6:20:00 PM  

football is over...let it go already. what is with this word verification crap anyway AA?

Anonymous said...
Feb 9, 2008, 7:04:00 PM  

Sorry Anon....I was being spammed daily with racist comments so I had to turn it on. I'll turn it off soon and see what happens.

Feb 9, 2008, 7:13:00 PM  

FROM WAY DOWNTOWN!!! YES!!!!

Anonymous said...
Feb 9, 2008, 7:42:00 PM  

I listened to the last minute of the game and got so frustrated because Marv NEVER said what yard line the Giants were on. Then all of a sudden there's a touchdown. Put the thong back on Marv!

Anonymous said...
Feb 9, 2008, 7:42:00 PM  

Buck just isn't good. His call of the Cubs winning their first playoff series in over nine decades was something along the lines of "Kerry Wood's wife will be celebrating tonight!"

Kyle said...
Feb 10, 2008, 12:22:00 AM  

Hard to compare a living Basketball Play by Play legend to Joe Buck style. I know Joe wish he con over react to that call if he had the chance to do it again. Hell Mike Tirico, Greg Gumbel, Ian Eagle, Gus Johnson and Kevin Harlan would of may it better.

For some reason Joe Buck calls games like that. I am also dissapointed in Jim Nantz. He was a good Studio Host but has been a downer in the booth.

Anonymous said...
Feb 10, 2008, 9:03:00 AM  

With every passing big event Joe Buck calls, I become more and more convinced that the guy just doesn't like sports. He just went into daddy's business for the money.

Some commenter out there on the web originated that theory and I'm buying into it.

Gibbon Jockey said...
Feb 10, 2008, 10:55:00 AM  

I never had any problme with Joe Bucks's call of that Tyre catch. HE ddin't go nuts and lose it like some others would have like that no talent Gus Johnson. I never understood why everyone liikes Gus Johnson, He screams his lungs out on every play and he becoems the story more than the acutal game he is there to cover. Johnson is in the same boat as Dick Vitale, scream as loud as you can to annoy the heck out of everyone and they have in my opinion. Both should go away soon.

Anonymous said...
Feb 10, 2008, 12:21:00 PM  

Marv. That's all anyone needs to say -- Marv.

How is this guy not calling the NBA Finals every year for eternity?

Feb 10, 2008, 3:23:00 PM  

I have no problem with Buck's call. I do not need the play by play announcer to be standing on his chair screaming and hollering on every play. There is a reason why hacks like Harlan and Johnson are on the end of the bench. Marv's call was good but nothing special. His call of Jordan switching hands in mid-flight versus the Lakers in the finals will always be his finest hour in my book. Greg Gumbel should be CBS's lead announcer for all events. Nance is alright but not as good.

Anonymous said...
Feb 10, 2008, 3:28:00 PM  

Funny, I seem to remember Harlan toning it down during the tournament last year. Hack? His calls were never over the top like Gus Johnson's. Kevin Harlan is the best basketball announcer (pro or college) not named 'Marv Albert' or 'Mike Breen'.

Anonymous said...
Feb 10, 2008, 6:59:00 PM  

Alberts call is a classic, no doubt, especially for its medium---radio. I'm driving in my car, no tv and I get the play without a single misstep. I've heard him for over three decades. Still has it.

TV? I'm watching it. Big ol Humoungous Definition set. I'm watching. If I want to hear something, I might bend an ear to what Troy has to say afterward....maybe.

Maybe its me pushing 50, and having done more radio than (cable-access, lol) TV...while radio is more fun, the less said the better while you watch.

m said...
Feb 10, 2008, 8:05:00 PM  

"There is still the Giants, Pats and International call left."

If the International call was produced by NFL Network (likely), and if that means Bryant Gumbel was working it, I think you only want to listen to it if you want to find yourself liking Buck's call.

Morgan Wick said...
Feb 11, 2008, 2:21:00 AM  

Dick Stockton did the international call.

Anonymous said...
Feb 11, 2008, 12:37:00 PM  

heres a link to the giants radio call

http://play.rbn.com/play.asx?url=nfl/nfl/open/giants/access/tyree_catch.wmv&proto=mms?mswmext=.asx

zach said...
Feb 11, 2008, 1:20:00 PM  

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