Gus Johnson: “I’ve Never Seen Anything Like That Before In Football”

September 15, 2009 – 12:45 pm by Jimmy Shapiro

SRI continues to work in new writers. This post is courtesy of Chris Fedor of WKNR in Cleveland.  When it comes to listening to play-by-play on TV or on the radio, very few announcers capture the moment quite like Gus Johnson.  Whether it’s a buzzer-beater in basketball, a knockout in MMA or game-winning touchdown in football, Gus Johnson does an incredible job of letting the audience feel the moment.  On Sunday, he captured the moment brilliantly in the Broncos-Bengals game.  It was a game that didn’t have too much action and turned into a defensive battle until the final seconds of the game.  Right when it looked like the Bengals were going to walk away with a victory and start out the season 1-0, they did what only the Bengals could do.  They found a way to lose a game when it seemed almost impossible. The Broncos needed to go about 60 yards in around 40 seconds. Instead they went 87 yards in one play to win the game after a tipped pass landed in the hands of Brandon Stokley.  Stokley then out-raced the rest of the defenders and scored the game-winning touchdown.  I was sitting on my couch watching the game and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  I basically had the same reaction sitting on my couch that Gus Johnson did while in the broadcast booth.  It was an incredible play and Johnson did a great job of capturing it.

Gus Johnson joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about the incredible catch by Brandon Stokley, how he refrains from swearing in those moments, and where this play ranks in all his years of calling games.

On whether or not he pulled something during his call:

“I thought I was gonna have a heart attack. It was the most incredible thing.  I’ve seen a lot of great things in sports.  I started doing this in 1990, but I’ve never seen anything; not like in that in football. I mean wow.”

On his willingness to lay it all out there in the moment:

“Sometimes it’s kinda hard. Some people don’t like that, but in a moment like that, I can’t help but to let go.  It’s a job, but c’mon we really don’t have jobs.”

On not swearing in the moment:

“(Laughing) That’s funny.  You’re very bright.  Over years you learn how to curb your language.  If we were doing that on like HBO After Dark, you could drop a couple of bombs and I don’t think America would be upset.”

On whether or not he could recreate that call:

“I can’t do that. (Host: You can’t?)  I can’t because it’s too much emotion. (Host: It’s gotta be natural huh?) It’s gotta be natural. I would sound like a video game.”

Listen to Gus Johnson on The Dan Patrick Show

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  1. 6 Responses to “Gus Johnson: “I’ve Never Seen Anything Like That Before In Football””

  2. Gus Johnson has called many Bengals games and is such a professional. He did such a better job calling this game than did Dan Fouts, who went to the Randy Cross School of Broadcasting, which means showing your bias the first time you open your mouth and never, NEVER, saying a good thing about the team you aren’t pulling for. If they do something good, it’s because your team messed up and you’ll explain how. I love when Gus calls the Bengals’ games and how he keeps it professional even when he is getting irritated at his fellow broadcaster, and when something exciting happens (to either team), there is no doubt about it! You go, Gus!

    P.S. Can’t someone at CBS do something about biased announcers? Or don’t they want to?

    By Rita on Sep 18, 2009

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