Awful Announcing Is Having A "Greatest Call" Tournament

By Vico on July 2, 2013 at 12:44p
Michael Jenkins reels in the reception that is now known as Holy Buckeye

Awful Announcing, well known for its coverage of some of the best and worst aspects of sports commentating, is having a "Greatest Call" Tournament. It features some of the most iconic sports calls of all time. As the tournament progresses, it seems like "Do you believe in Miracles? YES!" will be nigh impossible to beat. However, you can vote for Holy Buckeye as far as it'll go in this contest.

Holy Buckeye's first competition will be a call of Brett Favre's interception in the 2009 NFC Championship Game.

While you're at it, you may want to vote for "Havlicek stole the ball!" in its matchup against an Ian Darke call of Abby Wambach's goal against Brazil in the quarterfinals of 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Can't go wrong with Ian Darke or Abby Wambach, but John Havlicek is an Ohio State alumnus.


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Michibuck's picture

Thanks for the heads-up.

Danify's picture

So far, I've repeated the video four times ... everytime I get goosebumps from the call. 

Poison nuts's picture

I just watched it twice...the goosebumps still haven't gone down 2 minutes later.

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gwalther's picture

Love Tressel calmly sticking out his finger for "1," extra point. #baller

Class of 2008

Denny's picture

Oh man, I totally forgot about Wambach's goal.


JoeinCbus's picture

I'll never forget "Holy Buckeye."  My dad had turned off the game in the early fourth quarter, disgusted.  I called him hours later, and he refused to believe they'd won it.
Unreal play.  The stars in their courses.

Dirty419Boy's picture

Somehow I kept watching it and never stopped the VCR.  I have a tape labeled "Miracle in W. Lafayette".

jthiel09's picture

I wish someone would sit down with Krenzel and dissect that play to see what he was thinking at each moment ... especially when he launched the ball into the end-zone when he could have easily gotten the first down on foot ... I don't know if I've ever felt so many emotions in a 10 second span.


303 Buckeye's picture

He would probably be like:
"Well since Purdue had a less efficient conditioning program than ours, I knew their defensive backs would have excessive amounts of lactic acid acquiesced within their skeletal muscle fibers.  Knowing that Michael Jenkins had been reacting to the snap an average of 0.73 seconds faster than the CB that was lined up on him, I knew that in a man coverage situation Patient A, shit I mean Mike, would be open by about 2 yards on his go route.  Being genetically superior to his defensive counterpart due to an accidental incestuous relationship going back 6 generations on the CBs maternal side of the family tree, Mike had no difficulty in faking a slant route and then breaking free from Subject 5, err the CB when he began running straight.  With the wind blowing at 22 mph SSE, I knew that I had to put a 65 degree trajectory on the pass with the usage of about 85% of my maximum deltoid strength."
"Oh and yeah Tress called the play.  Then we did a bunch of beer bongs and hooked up with the Purdue cheerleaders.  After I split a few atoms of course."

pjtobin's picture

Good stuff! Lol

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

jthiel09's picture

You did more for my comment than I ever thought possible, thank you.


stittracer99's picture

BTN did a good job of this during their episode on the 2002 team on Big Ten Elite. It's a must watch if you get a chance. I couldn't find any video of that, but there is this
Sorry I'm not sure how to embed it.

buckskin's picture

I thought i heard that the play called was a pass to the tight end, but Krenzel said Hartsock was covered and he saw Jenkins streaking down the sideline and tossed it up.  The rest is history.

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And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

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HolyBuckeye1093's picture

I will certainly do my best to spread the word

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Thanks. I voted. Do we get a sticker and where is the exit poll?

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southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Haha. I read some of the comments at awfulannoucining, and one guy says, "huge buckeye fan here, but if This Is Not Detroit doesnt win, a great injustice has been done".

Dude cant be much of a fan, just sayin.

Besides, Holy Buckeye WAS a better was spontaneous. sounds like the "detroit" call was an announcer looking for an opportunity to use a phrase he planned ahead.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Paul Allen of the Vikings is among the very best announcers for a local NFL team.  He just keep pulling these great lines out of nowhere.

LadyBuck's picture

I did my part, did you?

buckeyedude's picture

Howard Cosell.



stittracer99's picture

Yes this is the first call that came to my mind as well. I would think this could give Al Michaels a run for his money.

216ToThe614's picture

How was Evan Turner's buzzer beater against scUM not included? The call from both broadcasts were classic

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!

IBleedSandG's picture

The call from the ttun announcers is hilarious. Laugh my ass off everytime I hear it. OHHHH NOOOOO!


303 Buckeye's picture

I can't imagine Musberger's legendary "TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN! I DONT BELIEVE IT! CRAIG KRENZEL, STRIKES!!! With a minute and a half left....HOLY BUCKEYE!" would lose to a raving and ranting lunatic who seemed to think that a 56-yarder was a chip shot.  I mean, it was pretty funny hear that this isn't Detroit line, but these two calls are on completely different echelons.
Also Musberger is a legend and that might be his best call of all time.

IBleedSandG's picture

Gus Johnson has got to be one of the most excitable commentators of all-time. Love that dude. 


Knarcisi's picture

A few other closet favorites for us Buckeye fans:

  • Sean McDonough on Barclay's game winner vs. Iowa for the B10 championship in 2010.
  • Gus Johnson on Ron Lewis's 3 vs. Xavier to send to OT during the 2006 tourney run.
  • Kevin Harlan (believe it was Harlan ... doing this from memory) for Q's "cold blooded 3" vs. Arizona in this year's tourney.


RedStorm45's picture

That was Reggie I think.
Sylvester's shot in '05 against Illinois.

buckskin's picture

As a Buckeye, I loved the Purdue game call; but my favorite of all time has to be the "Miracle on Ice" call.  The victory over the Russians in the light of the tension between the 2 countries was tremendous.  And I don't even like hockey that much.