Al Michaels


Al Michaels

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name = Al Michaels


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occupation = Sportscaster
spouse = Linda Anne Stamaton
parents = Jay and Lila
children = Steven and Jennifer

Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. Now employed by NBC Sports after nearly three decades (1977 – 2006) with ABC Sports, Michaels is one of the most prominent members of his profession. He is perhaps best known for his broadcast of the Miracle on Ice, which culminated in his widely quoted catchphrase, "Do you believe in miracles? YES!"

Biography

Awards and honors

Michaels has won numerous awards during his career, including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality (Play-by-Play Host) five times, the NSSA Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association three times (he was also inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1998), and "Sportscaster of the Year" once each from the American Sportscasters Association and the Washington Journalism Review. In October 2004, Michaels was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Legacy

Michaels is one of two sportscasters to be a play-by-play voice or host for the championships of the four major American pro sports, having called the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Championships, Stanley Cup Finals (the last as a host, not play-by-play), and has called boxing matches, including exciting matchup of "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world. Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Wolff has also called the championships of the four majors, with the difference that Wolff's initial NFL Championship coverage came before the Super Bowl era. In addition, Michaels has served as host for all three Triple Crown races and the Indianapolis 500. He also served as a fill-in commentator for ABC's "Pro Bowlers Tour" in the late 1970s when original commentator Chris Schenkel was on assignment.

Early life and career

Michaels was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he grew up as a Dodgers fan. Coincidentally, at the time the Dodgers left Brooklyn, Michaels' family also moved to Los Angeles, California in 1958. [cite web | url=http://www.sportsstarsusa.com/sportscasters/michaels_al.html | title=Al Michaels' bio at Sports Stars USA | publisher="Sports Stars USA" | accessdate=2007-01-12] cite web | url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/2006-08-18-hiestand-michaels_x.htm | title=Michaels brothers: TV destiny | author=Michael Hiestand | publisher="USA Today" | date=2006-08-18] Michaels attended Alexander Hamilton High School in L.A. and was a football and baseball player. He graduated in 1962 and later attended Arizona State University, where he majored in radio and television and minored in journalism. He worked as a sports writer for ASU's independent student newspaper, The State Press. He was also a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

Michaels began his professional broadcasting career in Hawaii, in 1968, calling the games of the Hawaii Islanders baseball team in the Pacific Coast League. He also called play-by-play for the University of Hawaii's football and basketball teams, and was named Hawaii's "Sportscaster of the Year" in 1969.

In 1970, Michaels appeared as attorney Dave Bronstein in an episode of "Hawaii Five-O" called "Run, Johnny, Run" (Air date: January 14, 1970). The episode also featured a young Christopher Walken. In 1971, Michaels moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became the lead announcer for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. In 1972, he made his first memorable call. In Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, with the Reds trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 in the 9th inning, Johnny Bench was at the plate with one ball and two strikes and on the next pitch Michaels said: cquote|1 and 2: the wind and the pitch to Bench; change hit in the air to deep right field, back goes Clemente at the fence...she's gone! Johnny Bench, who hits almost every home run to left field hits one to right. The game is tied. The Reds would win that game 4-3 and advanced to the World Series. He covered the World Series in 1972 for NBC Sports. He was also NBC's play-by-play man for the hockey coverage at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.

ABC Sports

Arrival at ABC

In 1974, he moved on to a similar position with the San Francisco Giants, and also covered basketball for UCLA and regional NFL games for NBC Sports and, later, CBS Sports before signing with ABC in 1977. Over the next three decades, Michaels covered a wide variety of sports for the network, including Major League Baseball, college football, ice hockey, track and field events, figure skating, and many events of the Olympic Games.

Episodes of "Wide World of Sports" featuring Michaels early in his ABC career have been featured on least two occasions on the ESPN Classic comedy series "Cheap Seats". At one point on "Cheap Seats", Michaels' then dark, curly hairstyle drew sarcastic comparisons to Quiet Riot lead singer Kevin DuBrow.

The Miracle on Ice

Two of Michaels' more famous broadcasts were of the 1980 Winter Olympics ice hockey medal round match between the United States and the Soviet Union, and the attempted third game of the 1989 World Series.

In 1980, an unheralded group of amateur ice hockey players from the United States won the Gold Medal at the Olympic Winter Games. The medal round match on February 22—which, contrary to popular belief, did not yet assure the team of the gold medal—was of particular interest, as it was played against a heavily favored squad from the Soviet Union, and was in front of a partisan American crowd in Lake Placid, New York whipped into a patriotic fervor by the Cold War. Michaels' memorable broadcast of this game, including his interjection—"Do you believe in miracles? YES!"—as time expired on the 4-3 U.S. victory, earned the game the media nickname of "The Miracle on Ice".

Most assume that the game was broadcast live; but in reality, the game started at 5:05 P.M. Eastern Standard Time and ABC decided against pre-empting local and network news (on the East Coast) to carry the game live. Instead, it was broadcast in its entirety on a three and a half hour delay from 8:30 to 11 P.M. Eastern time (and on a six and a half hour delay on the West Coast from 8:30 to 11 P.M. Pacific Standard Time). Despite being on tape, the game was one of the highest-rated programs of the 1979-1980 television season and remains the most-watched ice hockey game in the history of American television.

Michaels along with broadcasting partner, Ken Dryden, recreated their Olympic commentary in the 2004 movie "Miracle". Although Michaels and Dryden recreated the bulk of their commentary for the film, the closing seconds of the game against the Soviet Union used the actual original ABC Sports commentary from 1980. Gavin O'Connor, the director of "Miracle", decided to use the last 10 seconds of Michaels' original "Do you believe in miracles?" call in the film because he felt he couldn't ask him to recreate the emotion he experienced at that moment. Thus they cleaned up the recording to make the transition to the authentic call as seamless as possible.

"Major League Baseball on ABC"

1985 World Series

Perhaps Michaels' first historic call with ABC Sports while covering Major League Baseball occurred in what is now known by many as the Don Denkinger game. The Kansas City Royals trailed the St. Louis Cardinals 3 games to 1 in a series that was being panned for being low-scoring and dull. After a Royals win in St. Louis forced the action back to Kansas City, the sixth game was also low scoring. However this contest grew into a tense pitchers duel. During one point, in sarcasm to the public attitudes toward the series, Michaels quipped "This is some boring World Series"

In the bottom of the 9th, pinch hitter Jorge Orta led off for the Royals against Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell with Kansas City trailing 1-0 and hit a ground ball to first baseman Jack Clark. Clark would throw over to pitcher Worrell who was running over to cover first base in time to beat the speedy Orta. Worrell appeared to do just that. Yet the call from first base umpire Don Denkinger was safe cquote|Little squibber to the right side. Worrell races over to cover. The throw, "doesn't get him!" Worrell got to the bag and an argument here, and here comes (manager Whitey) Herzog amongst the other quartet. First base umpire is Denkinger, American League. After several replays of the play, color analyst Jim Palmer exclaimed "Looks like he's out." To which Michaels agreed "Oh yes." After another replay, Michaels was even more certain the wrong call was made. "Oh, I don't think there is any doubt about it!"

This infamous and controversial leadoff single led to the Royals putting the tying run on third base and the winning run on second with one out for Dane Iorg. A dramatic finish and a play at the plate ensued. cquote|And that's a looper hit into right field for a base hit! Concepcion scores. Here comes Sundberg, here's the throw...HE SCORES! WE GO TO A SEVENTH! The Royals would go on to win game 7 11-0 and complete the 3 games to 1 comeback. However it was Denkinger's dubious 'safe' call, and not Iorg's (or Jim Sundberg's for his difficult slide past catcher Darrell Porter for the winning run for that matter) heroics that would be most remembered in years to come.

1986 American League Championship Series

Even though the events of October 17, 1989 in San Francisco are widely considered to be the most memorable baseball-related moment of Al Michaels' career, three years earlier, he was on hand for what he says was "the greatest of all the thousands of games I've done."

On October 12, 1986 at Anaheim Stadium, Michaels along with Jim Palmer called Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. The California Angels held a 3 games to 1 lead of a best-of-seven against the Boston Red Sox. In the game, the Angels held a 5-2 lead going into the ninth inning. Boston scored two runs on a home run by Don Baylor, closing the gap to 5-4.

When Donnie Moore came in to shut down the rally, there were two outs, and a runner on first base, Rich Gedman, who had been hit by a pitch. The Angels were one out from getting into the World Series for the very first time in their existence. But Dave Henderson hit a 2-2 pitch off Moore for a home run, giving the Red Sox a 6-5 lead. The Angels were able to score a run in the bottom of the ninth, pushing the game into extra innings.

cquote|The pitch . . . To left field and deep and Downing goes back...and it's gone! Unbelievable! You're looking at one for the ages here. Astonishing! Anaheim Stadium was one strike away from turning into Fantasyland! And now the Red Sox lead 6-5! The Red Sox get four runs in the ninth on a pair of two-run homers by Don Baylor and Dave Henderson. He also said, "Dave Henderson, its a long way from Seattle.", a reference to the fact that Dave Henderson had played for the last place Seattle Mariners earlier in 1986.

Moore continued to pitch for the Angels. He was able to stifle a 10th inning Red Sox rally by getting Jim Rice to ground into a double play. Nevertheless, the Red Sox were able to score off Moore in the 11th-inning via a sacrifice fly by Henderson. The Angels could not score in the bottom of the 11th, and lost the game 7-6.

The defeat still left the Angels in a 3 games to 2 advantage, with two more games to play at Fenway Park. The Angels were not able to recover, losing both games by wide margins, 10-4 and 8-1.

Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS ended with Calvin Schiraldi striking out Jerry Narron. Just prior to the moment, Michaels set-up the situation by summarizing the Red Sox's dramatic come back in the series. cquote|"The Red Sox can go from last rites to the World Series...and they do!" - Michaels on the call.

Despite the fact that ABC Sports (which in September 2006, became "ESPN on ABC") and ESPN had been under the same corporate umbrella (i.e. the Walt Disney Company) since 1996, Michaels never served as a regular commentator for "ESPN Major League Baseball". The only time that Al Michaels appeared in an ESPN booth of any kind was as a guest commentator on "Wednesday Night Baseball" in 2003 as part of ESPN's "Living Legends Series".

1989 World Series

On October 17, 1989, Michaels was in San Francisco, California, preparing to cover the third game of the 1989 World Series between the home team, the Giants, and the visiting Oakland Athletics. ABC's network telecast began with a recap of the first two games, both won by Oakland. Soon after Michaels handed off to his broadcast partner, Tim McCarver, who started assessing the Giants' chances for victory in the game, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck (at approximately, 5:04 p.m. local time). McCarver fell into a stunned silence, but Michaels astutely said into the microphone, "I'll tell you what, we're having an earth--!" just as it went dead, providing the only concurrent broadcast account of what had happened. Audio was restored minutes later (a green ABC Sports graphic replaced the picture though) where Michaels, over a telephone line started off by trying to make light of the chaotic situation by quipping that it was "The greatest open in the history of television -- bar none!" After ABC restored the telecast with a backup generator (following a 15 minute delay, which featured a rerun of "Roseanne"), Michaels (reporting from ABC Sports' production truck) gave an eyewitness account of the aftermath at Candlestick Park, the Giants' stadium, for which he later was nominated for an Emmy Award for news broadcasting. Michaels relayed his reports to Ted Koppel, who was stationed at the ABC News bureau in Washington, D.C.

According to Tim McCarver when the earthquake hit, he, Michaels and Jim Palmer immediately grabbed a hold of what they perceived to be the armrests. In reality, the announcers were clutching on each others' thighs and they were each left with bruises the next day. Years later, Al Michaels would boldly admit his strong belief that had the earthquake lasted much longer than 15 seconds, he would have been killed. Michaels added that the only time that he really had been scared during the earthquake was when he moved in a position which he perceived to be backward. The three announcers were sitting on a ledge with their backs turned and no bracing behind them.

"Monday Night Football"

His longest-running assignment was that of the lead play-by-play announcer on ABC's "Monday Night Football" telecasts, which he began in 1986. Before that, Michaels most notable NFL assignment for ABC was hosting (along with Jim Lampley) the pre-game coverage of Super Bowl XIX. In 1988, Michaels called his first Super Bowl. Three years later, Michaels was on hand to call the thrilling Super Bowl between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. When Bills kicker Scott Norwood, missed a potentially game winning field goal (and thus, ensuring the Giants victory), Michaels simply described the play by calmly proclaiming: cquote|No good! Wide-right!

The trio of Michaels, Dan Dierdorf (who joined "MNF" the year after Michaels' first), and Frank Gifford lasted until the 1997 season, when Gifford was replaced following disclosure of an extramarital affair. Michaels briefly became the center of controversy due to a verbal slip on the final Monday night game of the 1998 season (between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers on December 28). Michaels said, "No shit" in response to a question posed by Dan Dierdorf about Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie. Dierdorf said to Michaels about the halftime interview with Doug Flutie, "Are you gonna tell 'em how you're sick of all this B.C. stuff?" It turned out that Michaels thought that a commercial break was going on and that his microphone was turned off. Michaels reportedly opposes the FCC's attempts to tighten censorship rules, saying that there are much more important things to worry about than trying to protect people from every little thing.

Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason replaced Gifford in 1998, and Dierdorf was dropped after that season. Esiason and Michaels reportedly never got along, and it led to ABC firing Esiason shortly after they called Super Bowl XXXIV together. Esiason complained to the "New York Times" that Michaels cquote|could have been better for me, and I tried with him, but it never clicked with me because he never wanted it to click. To that, Michaels gave a terse response to Esiason's claims in a released statement: cquote|I will not join in this juvenile vitriol. Unexpectedly, comedian Dennis Miller joined the cast in 2000 along with Dan Fouts. The move was unsuccessful (despite the fact that Michaels has acknowledged while appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", that he enjoyed working with Dennis Miller), and in 2002, John Madden joined him in a well-received pairing.

Michaels has made no secret of his fondness for gambling in general and horse racing in particular. Though the NFL has a particular dislike of announcers mentioning anything to do with football wagering during its broadcasts, Michaels has often found sly ways to mention how the "MNF" game he's calling is faring in relation to betting lines — particularly when the game is a blowout and there's not much else to talk about. An example: During the December 5, 2005 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles in which Seattle shut out Philadelphia 42-0, Michaels observed midway through the fourth quarter, "This game is 'over' in more ways than one." (The over-under line, on which betters select whether the combined team scores will be over or under a certain line, was set at 39½ points, so the "over" wager was already a winner.) Michaels remarked that he was so good at handicapping horses in his grade school days, that his mother would get him out of school early and take him to the horse track.

National Basketball Association

After disastrous ratings in the 2003 NBA Finals, ABC decided to completely revamp their lead NBA broadcast team. Brad Nessler was demoted to the second broadcast team, where he was joined by Sean Elliott and Dan Majerle. Al Michaels was hired to replace Nessler as lead broadcaster of the NBA.

For the first several weeks of the 2003-2004 season, Michaels had no partner. However, Doc Rivers, a critically acclaimed analyst when he worked with Turner Sports, became available after a 1-19 start by his Orlando Magic. Rivers was hired weeks before ABC's Christmas Day season opener. He and Michaels worked that game together, one of only six they did together during the regular season (all other games Rivers worked were with Brad Nessler). During the playoffs, the team worked every single telecast, including the 2004 NBA Finals, which saw great improvement in television ratings.

During the 2004 NBA Playoffs, Doc Rivers was hired by the Boston Celtics. Though Rivers continued to work games with Al Michaels throughout the rest of the playoffs, ABC would have to find a new lead analyst for the 2004-2005 season.

Early in the 2004-2005 season, ABC found a new partner for Al Michaels. Memphis Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown, a broadcasting legend with CBS, TBS, and TNT, was forced into retirement due to health reasons and was soon after hired to replace Doc Rivers. Michaels and Brown began their partnership on Christmas Day 2004, working the highly anticipated Shaquille O'Neal-Kobe Bryant game. After that game, the two did not do a game together again until March 2005. Michaels became sporadic in NBA coverage [ [http://sportsmediawatch.blogspot.com/2007/08/joe-buck-is-new-al-michaels.html Is Buck the new Michaels?] ] , doing two games in early March, and then three more games in April. Brown worked every week of ABC's coverage, broadcasting some games with veteran broadcaster Mike Breen.

For the 2005-2006 season, Al Michaels and Hubie Brown were slated to remain as ABC's number one broadcast team. The duo worked that year's Christmas Day game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat and were expected to work the NBA Finals together as well. However, due to Michaels' impending departure to NBC, that plan did not come to fruition.

Replacing Michaels on "The NBA on ABC" was Mike Breen, who became the lead broadcaster for an over-the-air NBA package for the first time in his career. Breen worked 2006 NBA Finals with Hubie Brown, as well as all the main games ABC broadcast that year. This gave ABC its first consistent lead broadcaster since Brad Nessler, as Breen unlike Michaels, did games every week.

Leaving ABC for NBC

In 2005, it was announced that "Monday Night Football" would be moving from ABC to ESPN beginning with the 2006 season, and partner John Madden announced he would be joining NBC Sports, which had acquired the rights to "Sunday Night Football" games. Despite speculation that Michaels might be joining NBC as well, Michaels stated that he would continue as the "MNF" play-by-play announcer, stating cquote|I feel like I'm a creature of Monday night. I'm home and I'm staying home. Plans were for Michaels to be teamed with Joe Theismann (who would be coming over from "Sunday Night Football") on the Monday night telecasts. [cite web | url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2117146 | title=Michaels, Theismann, Kolber, Tafoya to crew MNF | publisher="ESPN.com" | date=2005-07-26]

However, in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XL, it was widely speculated that Michaels was attempting to get out of his contract with ESPN to join Madden at NBC. Michaels added fuel to the fire by refusing to state his future plans, and he couldn't cquote|respond to rumors ... because that would become a distraction. [cite web | url=http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/387099p-328468c.html | title=Michaels won't give play-by-play of plans | publisher="New York Daily News" | author=Bob Raissman | date=2006-01-31] On February 8, 2006, ESPN announced that its "Monday Night Football" team would consist of Mike Tirico on play-by-play, with Theismann and Tony Kornheiser as analysts. [cite web | url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2323121 | title=ESPN names new MNF team; Breen to call NBA games | publisher="ESPN.com" | date=2006-02-10] ESPN explicitly stated that Michaels would not return to either "Monday Night Football" broadcasts or ABC's NBA broadcasts (on which Michaels had been lead NBA play-by-play man).

Traded to NBC for a former Walt Disney asset

On February 9, 2006, NBC confirmed that Michaels would be joining Madden at NBC to broadcast football on Sunday nights, thus ending Michaels' 20 year run on "Monday Night Football" and almost 30 years of service with ABC. [cite web | url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11235692/ | title=NBC acquires Michaels for cartoon bunny, golf | publisher="The Associated Press" | date=2006-02-13] In exchange for letting Michaels out of his contract with ABC and ESPN, NBC Universal sold ESPN cable rights to Friday coverage of the next four Ryder Cups, granted ESPN increased usage of Olympic highlights, and sold to parent company Disney the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a cartoon character developed by Walt Disney himself (which he lost in 1928) but previously owned by Universal Pictures (now NBC Universal). NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol explained: cquote|We earn nothing from those rights; they've had no value in the United States.

Michaels had a bemused take on the trade. After it was noted to Michaels that the Kansas City Chiefs gave the New York Jets a draft pick as compensation for releasing coach Herman Edwards from his contract, Michaels stated.

Since Michaels had called the "Miracle On Ice", many thought that when he joined NBC, Michaels would also replace Mike Emrick as the lead play-by-play man for "The NHL on NBC", but that hasn't happened. Emrick remained NBC's lead NHL play-by-play man and will continue in that role for the 2008-2009 season.

Personal

Michaels is the eldest child of Jay and Lila Michaels. Michaels has a younger brother, David and a younger sister, Susan.

Michaels currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Since August 27, 1966, Al Michaels has been married to Linda Anne Stamaton. Al and Linda have two children together, Steven and Jennifer.

Al's younger brother, David is a television producer. David Michaels has produced such programs as NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games, Triple Crown and Fox Sports Net's "Beyond the Glory" series.

It was Michaels who explained to Peter Jennings that Jennings had been the victim of a prank call in the final hour of O.J. Simpson's Bronco chase, after the Bronco had pulled into Simpson's driveway and parked. The prankster, claiming to be watching Simpson inside the van, described what he said to be the scene in perfect Stepin Fetchit dialect, then signed off with "...and Baba Booey to y'all." Michaels, unlike Jennings, understood the prankster's use of the term as an association of being a Howard Stern fan. Michaels is a Howard Stern fan, and has discussed that prank call as a guest on Stern's show.

Michaels had an acting role in a 1970 episode of "Hawaii Five-O", and has appeared as himself in the films "Jerry Maguire" and "BASEketball", as well as on several TV shows including "Coach" and "Spin City". As previously mentioned, his call of the U.S. hockey team's victory in the 1980 Olympics can be heard in the 2004 film "Miracle".

Brian d'Arcy James portrayed Michaels in the 2002 television movie "Monday Night Mayhem". Michaels has also been lampooned on several occasions by noted impressionists, Frank Caliendo and Billy West.

While a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", Michaels recited a couple of songs from rapper 50 Cent, who sat next to Michaels.

Politics

Michaels has been known for his conservative political positions. On an episode of "Dennis Miller Live" in 2001 he remarked to host Dennis Miller that the "adults are back in charge" regarding the new Bush administration.

During ABC's coverage of the NFL season opening game, which pitted the New England Patriots against the Indianapolis Colts, Michaels echoed a popular Bush-Cheney '04 talking point: that Senator John Kerry (D-MA) flip-flops on the issues.

Following two consecutive turnovers in the September 9 game, which took place in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Michaels and analyst John Madden had the following exchange:cquote|MICHAELS: What a wacky series.

MADDEN: This is what you call a flip-flop.

MICHAELS: You're in the right state for that.

Center for Responsive Politics records show that Michaels contributed $2,000 to the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign in June 2003.

On January 5, 2008, during the "Football Night in America" pregame interview as they were preparing to cover the Pittsburgh Steelers/Jacksonville Jaguars , Michaels was talking with John Madden about the fact that Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin had shown a tape of the previous game of the two teams (which Jacksonville won) on a continuous loop as a motivational tool. Michaels said, "Some of those guys would have rather been waterboarded than seen that tape again"

Notable broadcasts

*1972: World Series [http://www.nationwidespeakers.com/speaker/90/al-michaels/abc-sports-journalist Al Michaels - ABC Sports Journalist - Nationwide Speakers Bureau ] ]
*1980: 'Miracle on Ice"
*1985: World Series
*1986: ALCS
*1988: Super Bowl XXII
*1989: Earthquake World Series
*1991: Super Bowl XXV
*1993: Stanley Cup Finals Play-by-Play
*2000: Super Bowl XXXIV
*2003: Super Bowl XXXVII
*2004: Christmas Day Game between Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat (first meeting between Shaq and Kobe since Shaq's departure from LA)
*2005: NBA Finals
*2006: NBA Finals
*2006: Super Bowl XL

Career timeline

*1968-1970: Hawaii Islanders Play-by-Play
*1971-1973: Cincinnati Reds Play-by-Play
*1973-1975: UCLA Basketball Play-by-Play
*1974-1976: San Francisco Giants Play-by-Play
*1972 and 1980: Winter Olympics Hockey Play-by-Play
*1972 and 1978: World Series Play-by-Play
*1979-1989, 1994-1995: "MLB on ABC" Play-by-Play
*1980-1988: Ice Hockey Winter Olympics Play-by-Play
*1984: Summer Olympics Play-by-Play for Track and Field and Road Cycling
*1986-2005: "Monday Night Football"
* -2000: Kentucky Derby Host
* -2000: Preakness Stakes Host
* -2000: Belmont Stakes Host
*2003-2005: "NBA on ABC" Lead Play-by-Play
*2006- present: "Sunday Night Football" on NBC Play-by-Play

ee also

*Sigma Nu LEADership learning program

References and notes

External links

* [http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/rams/story/4E1F29FED35D2065862571070020C93E?OpenDocument MNF's Michaels, Madden may reunite on NBC]


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