October 13, 1986 |
Every six years or so, sportscaster Al Michaels pitches a perfect game. If he were playing, rather than broadcasting, they might call him Nolan Ryan. A crowd of 64,223 watched Sunday's 7-6 thriller won by the Boston Red Sox over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. The extra-inning drama was by anyone's standards magnificent. It had joy and frustration, heroes and goats. It had the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. For both teams. Often.
October 10, 2005 |
It's a fall Monday, the sun is down, the pulse rate is up, and millions of Americans are tuning in to "Monday Night Football," the longest-running live prime-time show in television history. Filling the air is the familiar baritone of play-by-play announcer Al Michaels. Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, is filled to capacity and rocking. Twenty TV cameras are rolling, poised to capture the action from every conceivable angle. A crescendo is building.
January 26, 2003 |
Young boys dream, and Al Michaels was no exception. He dreamed of someday being a major league announcer. As a youngster in Brooklyn, N.Y., he listened to Dodger radio broadcasts and became enchanted with the voices of Red Barber, Connie Desmond and Vin Scully. When he attended games at nearby Ebbets Field with his father, he couldn't take his eyes off the crew in the broadcast booth. Sometimes dreams come true. Michaels' did. He was working for the Cincinnati Reds by the time he was 26.
January 3, 2010
Al Michaels serves as the play-by-play announcer and Cris Collinsworth provides the color commentary for tonight's game (Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets, 5:15 p.m., Channel 4): Michaels says ... "I would hope that the Bengals would play their first-line guys for an extended period of time. I think the league has an issue here with games like this, and it was exacerbated by what took place in Indianapolis last week. You can't have too many of these games before fans start to say, 'This is ridiculous.
May 3, 1990 |
Brent Musburger, one month after being fired by CBS, was hired by ABC Wednesday. Although no terms were announced, industry sources said he received a six-year contract worth between $11 million and $12 million. Musburger, who worked for both CBS-TV and CBS Radio, was earning $2 million a year.
September 27, 2009
Al Michaels serves as the play-by-play announcer and Cris Collinsworth provides the color commentary for tonight's Indianapolis-at-Arizona game (5:15, Channel 4): Michaels says ... Had Matt Leinart panned out the way the Cardinals had hoped, by now Kurt Warner would have either been retired or backing somebody up somewhere. Instead, he's already led them to a Super Bowl. He comes off a game in which he set an NFL record for completion percentage. It just makes Arizona a great team for people to watch.
August 9, 2009 |
Cris Collinsworth for eight seasons was the star wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, with sure hands and quick feet. He was an outspoken and unflappable radio talk show host, thoughtful and funny, stern when he had to be. He knows how to make the right choices, argue with the best of them and talk football all day long. All of this will come into play today as he takes the place of the legendary John Madden and sits next to Al Michaels for the season launch of NBC's "Sunday Night Football," one of the most-watched sports shows in the world.
September 12, 2000
Most consecutive years on ABC's "Monday Night Football" (1970-2000): Frank Gifford 27 years (1971-97) Al Michaels 15 years (1986-2000) Howard Cosell 14 years (1970-83) Dan Dierdorf 12 years (1987-98) Don Meredith 8 years (1977-84) Source: World Features Syndicate
May 13, 1986 |
Frank Gifford, who was reportedly discussing a switch to another network, will stay with ABC and continue on Monday Night Football broadcasts as color commentator, the network announced today. ABC Sports President Dennis Swanson announced that Gifford, a 16-year veteran of Monday Night Football, will be teamed with Al Michaels who will handle play-by-play duties. Michaels took over that assignment when Gifford was demoted from play-by-play, and the network bounced O. J.