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16 Great Moments from Brent Musburger’s Career

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Tonight, Brent Musburger will call Kentucky vs. Georgia, his final game for ESPN before he embarks on a new venture in Las Vegas. The setting is especially fitting; in 1985, Musburger called Villanova’s win over Georgetown in the NCAA Championship in Rupp Arena, considered one of the biggest upsets in sports history. Musburger joined John Calipari on his call-in show last night to look back on his career, which has spanned almost 50 years, and if you missed it, I suggest going back and listening to it.

In the spirit of the day, let’s “look live” at some of the best moments of Musburger’s career, starting with that game in Rupp over 30 years ago.

1985 NCAA Championship: Villanova upsets Georgetown (Rupp Arena)

Ed Pinckney and Dwayne McClain helped Villanova beat Patrick Ewing and 1-seed Georgetown at Rupp Arena, an upset for the ages. Last night, Musburger recalled how Villanova coach Rollie Massimino bet Musburger his sports coat that the Wildcats would win the game; improbably, they did, and to this day, the 82-year-old Massimino still has Musburger’s suede sports coat. Fun fact: John Calipari was in the back row of Rupp for that game as a volunteer assistant for Kansas.

In 2010, Musburger did this retrospect of the game for ESPN:


1984 Orange Bowl: Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary

Whenever I hear Musburger’s voice, I think college football, and his call of Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary vs. Miami in the 1984 Orange Bowl is probably his most famous.


1976 NBA Finals: Celtics vs. Suns

Last night, Musburger listed Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals as one of his most memorable calls, reminiscing about the three-overtime thriller at the old Boston Garden.


1979: Magic Johnson’s debut

Musburger was there for Magic Johnson’s NBA debut, back when Magic was just “the new kid on the block.”


1988: Catholics vs. Convicts

Few broadcasters set a scene as well as Musburger, and his intro to the 1988 showdown between #4 Notre Dame and #1 Miami, aka “Catholics vs. Convicts,” set against the iconic CBS fanfare should be the dictionary definition of college football on a Saturday night.


1990: His final CBS appearance

In 1990, Musburger attempted to negotiate a new contract with CBS, but apparently asked for too much money and the network dumped him during the Final Four. His final broadcast for CBS was the 1990 National Championship between UNLV and Duke, which he called alongside Billy Packer:


1991: Desmond Howard’s touchdown catch vs. Notre Dame

After parting ways with CBS, Musburger went to ABC, where he delivered this great call of Desmond Howard’s touchdown catch on 4th and one vs. Notre Dame.


1997: The Flea Kicker

Musburger and Dan Fouts’ reaction to one of the craziest moments in college football history is priceless.


2002: “Holy Buckeye!”

Musburger perfectly captured the excitement of Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel’s 37-yard pass to Michael Jenkins on 4th and 1 to take the lead vs. Purdue. “Holy Buckeye!”


2008: When he didn’t know who Beyonce was

Musburger may know every point spread in sports, but give him a pop culture reference and he’s lost. In 2008, Musburger hilariously mispronounced “Beyonce” in a promo for the American Music Awards, prompting Kirk Herbstreit and the ABC crew to give him all sorts of grief.


2011: “This is for all the Tostitos”

Musburger can get cheesy at times and couldn’t help himself when Auburn kicker Wes Byrum lined up for the game-winning field goal in 2011 Tostitos BCS Championship game, uttering dramatically, “This is for all the Tostitos.”

Groan.


2013 BCS National Championship: Katherine Webb fixation

Musburger made headlines in 2013 when he ogled AJ McCarron’s girlfriend Katherine Webb, propelling her to minor stardom. Webb, now a model, congratulated Brent on his retirement on Twitter last week:

This was not Musburger’s finest moment, but would Katherine be where she is without his comments?


2013: Awkward times with Eminem

Who can forget Eminem’s bizarre interview with Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit during the 2013 Notre Dame/Michigan game? Man, that was awkward.


2014: “Boom Goes the Dynamite!”

Musburger’s called a lot of Kentucky games in recent years for the SEC Network, and in 2014, delivered the classic line, “Boom Goes the Dynamite” after a Boom Williams touchdown vs. Florida. That call was great; however, he got on BBN’s bad side later that season when he seemed a little too happy and chatty while Boom was injured on the field vs. LSU.


2016: That time he made a motorcycle joke about Bobby Petrino

Musburger got back in the BBN’s good graces when he made a joke about Bobby Petrino riding a motorcycle during the Clemson/Auburn game this past season.


All of the years: “You are looking live”

Musburger begins each broadcast with his signature line, “You are looking live at,” which has become so iconic that someone made a four-minute supercut of his intros and his most famous calls over the years.

 

Between his comments about Joe Mixon, mispronouncing Bam Adebayo’s name, and his endless fixation with the spread, Musburger may have had more missteps than home runs lately, but you have to respect his career, which has spanned nearly five decades and almost every major sports network. How fitting is it that the man who helped popularize the term “March Madness” will end his college sports broadcasting career at the arena which helped make him a household name in the 1980’s.

As Musburger himself put it last night, “What a wonderful place to end it, Rupp Arena.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

3 Comments for 16 Great Moments from Brent Musburger’s Career



  1. runningunnin.454
    8:25 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    He has a new gig with sirius-xm radio…..sports betting analysis.



  2. 2thepoint
    12:12 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    I am not going to fault him for that. Once he retires he can pursue whatever career he wants.

    The picture that struck me was the one with billy packer. I was so thrilled to see him get pushed out of broadcasting.



  3. UK Big Bored Update
    5:55 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    I remember back in the day when he and Irv Cross and Phyllis George would do pre-game NFL broadcasts.