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Friday, March 30, 2007

Sign of a Good Announcer

The mighty GJ.Ok, this has already featured over on Deadspin but it's just too good to miss if you haven't already heard it.

Some dude put together some GJ commentary and some bigass beats and produced an excellent little tune that reminded me (and everyone else who heard it) just how excellent Gus Johnson is at his job. Here's the clip.

The thing about good annoucing is that it's a bit like oldskool beat poetry. Just like an actor reading a monologue or a singer harmonising to a song, a good annoucers prose will flow with its own beat and with that of the game he's calling. It's not something we (or even they) notice consciously, but when it's done well, announcing can raise that hair on the back of your neck just like all of your favorite songs do.

That's the reason some announcing goes so well with music. You have to pick the right tracks but if the initial composition is good then you'll end up with something remarkable.

Please note: This is not liable to work with any amount of commentary performed by Phil Simms. Don't even bother trying.

Hat-tip: Deadspin, Putfile

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At 9:29 pm, Anonymous Sami said...

It's amazing the groundswell of support for Gus Johnson the last few weeks. I used to think I was one of the few who liked his over the top style. Apparently not

At 5:00 am, Anonymous WBRS Sports Blog said...

Gus the man! I wish he were still broadcasting the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games.

At 8:59 am, Anonymous twins15 said...

I wish Gus were announcing the Final 4 instead of Nantz. :(

At 9:27 am, Anonymous Sanchez said...

Hopefully this is just the beginning of the storry for Gus.

With a bit of luck, the huge support he has from fans and sports bloggers alike will get noticed by the folk in tv land, and if that happens then we may get to see him announcing in more and more sports. Which would be fantastic.


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