Losing Gus Johnson as the main broadcaster for the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament might be the only thing that can put a damper on this year’s edition of March Madness.
After all, this is the guy who successfully used the phrase “He’s got getting-away-from-the-cops speed” during a sporting event on live television.
Luckily, Johnson's charisma—which is a nice way of saying that he frequently loses his mind while on the air—works just as well in professional sports as it does in collegiate athletics.
Unfortunately, that's just a small consolation. We all know Johnson is best-suited to calling tournament games in March. I mean, the man is at cult-icon status when it comes to sports personalities.
When the news came down after last year’s NCAA Tournament that Johnson would no longer broadcast games televised on the CBS Network, it broke the hearts of millions of people across the country.
And no, I don’t think that’s an overstatement.
A contract dispute with the network ensured that Johnson wouldn’t be on the mic for this year’s tournament games, leaving America without its favorite broadcaster at the worst possible time.
Sports fans—college basketball fans in particular—look forward to March Madness with the same eagerness that children have when looking forward to Christmas.
I think I speak for everyone when I say that I was more upset when I heard that Johnson left CBS than I was when my parents told me Santa wasn’t real. But rather than harp on how Johnson won’t be calling tournament games this year, let’s take a look at—and listen to—some of his most memorable calls.
(Quick note: Some clips are marked with time stamps to indicate the portion of the video being described.)