Monday, March 19, 2007

No Gus Johnson for the Sweet 16 or Elite 8

How can CBS do this to Gus Johnson? The most entertaining and energetic voice of the NCAA Tournament, or maybe even the sports world. Instead, Johnson will be replaced by James Brown, who was hired by CBS Sports/News boss Sean McManus to host "The NFL Today."

James Brown? Come on now. James Brown is a great in-studio analyst, but is a horrible play-by-play commentator. It was horrendous listening to Brown call games this past weekend. The studio is just a better fit for him.

Why not reward Johnson? Everyone recognizes and loves Johnson's voice. His crazy calls have produced a personality that is known for March.

One of my favorites of his calls is from 1999 when Florida launched a last-second shot against Gonzaga in the tournament.

"Shannon ... From the cornerrrrr... And it's over! Gonzaga ... The slipper still fits!"

Gus really needs to be announcing in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8. Everybody enjoys his craziness and dynamic calls. So I will leave you with a few of his memorable NCAA Tournament calls that sends chills down my spine every time I watch them...

1999 NCAA Tournament -1st Round- Gonzaga vs Florida (Mentioned above)
My favorite GJ moment of all time

2006 NCAA Tournament -Sweet 16- Gonzaga vs UCLA

2003 NCAA Tournament- 2nd Round- Missouri vs Marquette

This video doesn't have the best quality and it may not be the best of Gus's calls, but I think it is pretty good.

Here's another one you can watch on You Tube from the Ohio St.-Xavier game. This one isn't bad.


twins15 said...

Gus > James Brown >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Jim Nantz

nxtgrttwoods007 said...

this is a god damn tragedy. Gus is famously known for his yelling and screaming at the end of games, and the thing is thats what made the game so much fun to watch! this is ridiculous. James Brown?!? what in the world? i think ill watch the games on mute, that way i wont have to deal with JB's voice for so long...

grittysquirrels said...

"Batista with the caATCHH!"
God, that never gets old for me.
-To me this move by CBS just makes absolutely no sense at all.

Sami Ghazi said...

Yeah, play-by-play is absolutely the wrong venue for JB. Did you see Mr. Irrelevant's post on this? (

ming01 said...

Personally, I think Jim Nantz is way better than James Brown. But Nantz is no where near Gus.

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