Herb Merriweather treats us to another article sure to pique your interest!
If you have ever wanted to make history while calling the shots, announcing at a championship sporting event may be just the ticket.
GGGOOOOOAAALLL! Announcing Sports Most Exciting Moments
By Herb Merriweather
Have you ever dreamed of announcing a World Series game? Or for that matter a Stanley Cup playoff match or a Super Bowl? Many of us- not just guys- have dreamed of hitting the game winner/buzzer beater, the match point and some have lived that dream. But what about the folks who put heart and soul into announcing these achievements and giving voice to history?
Many of the highlights and historical moments in sports have an amazing voiceover attached that not only defines victory, defeat, greatness and “goat”-ness, but it personifies all of these emotions.And for one shining moment all of us fans-including that polished, stat-savvy broadcast professional- are screaming “We win!”
I recently watched an old interview with Hank Aaron and he was asked how he would describe (announce) his historic homerun. His “call” was incredible (and fun) and it made me wonder if other folks have ever stood at home or in the studio, during warmups and /or breaks and imitated their favorite sporting triumph or even “called it like you saw it”. How would you describe a dramatic strikeout, a Wimbledon victory, Tiger Woods sinking another one…low key and professional, hometown exuberance or somewhere in between?
Some announcers have made a cool, level headed delivery their stock in trade while others have had a more fan-like approach leaning more towards the folks in the seats.
Although I haven’t had the opportunity (yet) to be involved with that kind of event, I already know I’m a “fanboy” and there would be a lot of “Wow” and “OMG” in my delivery!
How about you? Just a little food for thought…
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