Best Play-By-Play in NCAA Tournament: Gus Johnson

March 11, 2008 |

“The slipper still fits”- one of Gus’s greatest lines when Gonzaga contiined it’s remarkable journey thru the tournament a few years ago. It stiil sticks today. Johnson has called more upsets than anyone in the history of the NCAA Tournament. In 1996- his first year of working the NCAA Tournament- he called the magical upset of Princeton over the then defending National Champion UCLA Bruins. That same day- he called Eastern Michigan’s upset over the Wojo led Duke Blue Devils. In 2005, Johnson also called the 1st round upset of Vermont over Syracuse. The list goes on and on…..

The 41-yr old Detroit native (and Andruw Jones look-a-like) makes an average matchup in the NCAA Tournament exciting. Do you remember the “almost upset” that Gus called of Xavier- Ohio State in last year’s tournament? There is no doubt that CBS should have Gus working the National Championship game this year.  Gus deserves a shot. He’s been with CBS for 12 years and is one of the few black play-by-play guys to call an NCAA Tournament game. Who would you rather listen to: Gus Johnson or James Brown? It’s not even close…..

So- here’s my endorsement for my good friend and co-worker Gus Johnson. Right now he has the hardest job in the buisiness- calling games for the hapless New York Knicks. Yes- he even makes THOSE games look exciting.

I ask you- who is your favorite play-by-play guy during NCAA Tournament time??