The Voice Behind the Game

The next time you watch a sporting event on television put the television on mute. Now try watching the game without the voice of the announcers while only listening to the sounds of the game. Now tell me, would it be the same? What if there was no announcer  for each team? All you would here was the crack of the bat or the squeaks on the basketball court.

Would watching or listen to a game without the announcers?

Many people take announcers for granted. They tell a story, they are like the narrator of a movie.  Announcers keep the action in a game going along, while giving you play by-play updates at the same time. What if there was an amazing upset and the underdog just scored the game winning goal or touchdown?

Sure, you would hear the crowd cheer and the players jump up and down, but it’s just not the same. A classic-line like, “Do you believe in Miracles?” was said by Marv Albert when the United States hockey team defeated Russia in the Olympics.

Classic lines like this are what make a game memorable.

Take away the announcer and all you have is a game with no emotion.

Sure, you have the fans, but for someone sitting at home they can’t feel what it is like sitting in a stadium. Even when you go to a game live it really doesn’t have the same feel as watching it at home. Sure, it is cool to go watch your players live and actually be there when your team wins or loses, but it just feels like there is something missing. That is why there are announcers to set up the stage and make you feel like you are in the game. They put the emotion in a game, for someone not in the stadium. They hit you with those classic one-liners that they are known for and share their excitement with the fans watching at home.

Announcers usually come in pairs. Vin Sculley is one announcer who calls the game by himself.

The clock is ticking down, this shot will send the New York Knicks to the NBA Finals, a place where they have not been in over ten years. The ball goes out to Carmelo Anthony, he looks right, dribbles down the lane, and puts it up! The ball bounces on the rim and it goes in and the New York Knicks are going to the Finals! Just try to compare that to the sounds effects of a ball going through the net, just to hear a crowds reaction.

Without the Vin Scully’s of the world sports would be not even close to the same as it is now. Announcers are a small part of sports that go unnoticed. There are still some annoying announcers out there who get overly excited when nothing dramatic really happened and  end up trying too hard to come up with some exciting commentary, but you can’t blame them because they are just trying to put some emotion in the game.

The next time you watch your favorite team play, take some time to listen to the announcer.

Try and turn off the television and turn on the radio and listen to the game, like how it was listened to back in the day. If you would listen to sports on the radio without the live picture you will really appreciate how these announcers can really paint a picture with words. Without their voice the game wouldn’t be the same.

11 thoughts on “The Voice Behind the Game

  1. Great article! Being an avid NFL fan, thanks to my husband who taught me the game, the rules, and shared his passion with me. I love Madden and Michaels and know most of the announcers by the sound of their voice. They helped teach me most of what I know about strategy, coach and player stats and personalities, quirks and history. Thanks to them now I can call the game with opinions of a pretty hip 66 year old gramma! Love your blog!


    1. They really help tell a story! I wish John Madden was still an announcer on television he was one of the best. It’s just awesome to listen to a game on the radio and listen as they paint a picture of the game.


  2. Hey Vinny! Believe it or not, I watched an entire USFL game a long time ago where they tried playing the game with no announcers. It was horrific! Of course, so was the USFL!

    Good post, young man…


  3. Great post! Especially that photo of my all-time faves, Michaels and Madden. I think it was Al Michaels who spoke that immortal line at the Olympics, and of course he was calling the 1989 World Series at Candlestick Park when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit. A great announcer makes all the difference. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!


  4. I totally agree! You definitely notice it when you have an announcer who has an annoying voice and/or says really dumb things. But otherwise, they might not get the notice they deserve. Definitely makes watching a game so much more exciting to have a great announcer! :)


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