Two Jordan moments on list of best sports calls

Two Jordan moments on list of best sports calls
October 16, 2013, 6:15 pm
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CSN Staff

By Paul Roumeliotis

Surprise, surprise.

It's no shock that on a list of the 32 best calls in sports history, two Michael Jordan moments made the list.

Joe Posnanski put together the list for Hardball Talk and included moments from many different sports: baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, the Olympics and even horse racing.

It's fitting that the Jordan moments were two of his most memorable.

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In the Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals, Marv Albert called Jordan's hand-switching layup against the Los Angeles Lakers. The fact that Jordan switched hands caught Albert by surprise.

“Oh! A spectacular move by Michael Jordan!”

That play came during Jordan's first of six title runs with the Bulls.

Seven years and five NBA championships later, Bob Costas called what looked like the end of Jordan's career, his "final" NBA shot in the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. Costas summed up the game-winner in a bittersweet fashion.

"If that’s the last image of Michael Jordan, how magnificent is it?"

Ranked No. 1 was the U.S. Olympic hockey team's defeat of the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics and Al Michaels' legendary call of the game that became known as the Miracle on Ice. Other top 5 calls were Bobby Thompson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World," Howard Cosell's utterance of "Down goes Frazier," the legendary Stanford-Cal "band is on the field" moment and Kirk Gibson's homer in the 1988 World Series.

But, if the list was limited to Chicago moments only, where would other famous calls rank?

How about Mike Emrick's call for the Blackhawks' two goals in 17 seconds to win their second Stanley Cup in four years?

"SCORE! Toews to Bickell with 1:16 left to play in the third." ... 17 seconds later ... "THEY SCORE! Bolland! 3-to-2 with less than a minute to go!"

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What about Hawk Harrelson's calls during Mark Buehrle's perfect game?

"Alexei ... Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! History!"

Or Jack Brickhouse on Ernie Banks' 500th career home run?

"Thats a fly ball deep to left. Back ... back ... that's it, that's it! Hey hey, he did it! Ernie Banks got No. 500. A line drive into the seats in left, the ball tossed to the bullpen. Everybody on your feet! This is it!"

Maybe Jeff Joniak's now-legendary assessment of Devin Hester? 

"Devin Hester, you are ridiculous."

What are some other deserving calls from Chicago sports history?