One of my childhood dreams was to be behind the microphone, calling plays for one of my beloved Wisconsin sports teams.
I still dream of that to this day, and here is my Top Five list of the guys that I have looked up to all these years.
These idols of mine are from both television and radio, and I considered them to be the greatest voices to come from Wisconsin.
Davis is the radio voice of the Bucks, broadcasting counterpart to Jim Paschke and Jon McGlockin on television.
Jim and Jon can get tiresome, but with Davis, the game always seems exciting to listen to.
During Milwaukee's 2001 NBA Playoff run, I scratched the tube and turned on the old radio, just to get Davis' perspective of the outcome.
If you have a chance to catch one of Davis' broadcasts, you may place Davis amongst your favorites.
Ted Davis' common calls:
-"This one is in the bank and drawing interest." (Bucks with a comfortable lead in the closing seconds.)
-"Flight #?? ready for takeoff." (high-flying dunk by whoever; most favorite was No. 24 Desmond Mason)
-"Ceiling-scraper", "Rim-rocker", "Shot clock-shaker" (high-flying or powerful dunk)
Lepay has been calling Badgers basketball for 21 years and Badgers football for 16 years over the radio waves throughout Wisconsin.
He simply has a recognizable voice, and has a knack for getting excited over big Wisconsin plays.
Lepay was there for all the Rose Bowls in the Alvarez-era, when Ron Dayne set the NCAA all-time rushing record and when the basketball went to the Final Four in 2000.
He is the staple of Badger sports, and I hope that he continues to remain on those airwaves for years to come.
Matt Lepay's common calls:
-"FIRST DOWN Wisconsin!"
-"Three from the corner...BOOK IT!"
Irwin and McGee were a must listen on Sunday afternoons during the football season. Irwin began in 1975 and McGee joined in 1979, and both retired in 1998.
My most memorable moments of the duo was packing up from a weekend, family camping trip, turning the dial to WTMJ-620 and hearing their voices as we drove home.
My most memorable Irwin/McGee call came during Green Bay's last game at Milwaukee County Stadium on a Brett Favre bootleg:
-"Favre, down the sideline...dives to the end zone, Favre...Touchdown!"
After several years of iffy Green Bay football, the dynamic duo finally hit the big stage, and were able to call their Packers to victory in Super Bowl XXI.
Doucette called games on the radio from Milwaukee's first season (1968) until 1979, then switched to television through the 1984 season.
He was known for his nicknames that he gave to players and areas on the floor, as well as the speed of his voice during broadcasts. I haven't heard anyone faster on the mic.
Doucette was also the one who created the live mascot for the Bucks. It was his call for a made rainbow jumper and "Bango" was born.
Nicknames given by Eddie Doucette (known as the Doucette Dictionary):
-"The Toaster" (area under the basket where players popped up and down)
-"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (when a little guy gets shot rejected in the lane)
-"The Equator" (half court)
-"The Cyclops" (center circle)
-"Downtown jumper" or "parking lot jumper" (long jump shot)
-Greg Smith was "Captain Marvel"
-Bob Dandridge was "The Greyhound"
-Kareem was "The King" or "The Franchise"
-Flynn Robinson was "The Electric Eye"
-Lucious Allen was "The Jackrabbit"
-John McGlockin was "Johnny Mac"
-Don Smith was "Dynomite" or "The Brooklyn Strongboy"
-Curtis Perry was "The Sky King"
-Tony Kimball was "Mr. Clean"
-Dick Cunningham was "The Cement Mixer"
-Fred Crawford was "The Walrus"
-Kevin Restani was "Big Bird"
Let's put it all together for one memorable Eddie Doucette call:
-"The Jackrabbit brings the ball over the cyclops, goes right to the Greyhound, down along the baseline to Captain Marvel, into the middle to the king. Skyhook. BANGO!"
Mr. Baseball has called all but one year of Brewers baseball, and who knows when he'll stop. One thing is for certain though, he won't leave the game by retiring.
2009 marked Ueck's 54th year around the game of baseball since he entered the MLB as a rookie.
He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2001 and has a place in Cooperstown, by being awarded the 2003 Ford C. Frick Award.
His face is just as familiar as his voice. Mr. Belvedere, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Major League I, II, and III and all his Miller Lite commercials have made him even more famous.
Uecker is already in the two Hall of Fame's for his voice, but Uecker will tell you that he should be in the Hall of Shame for his playing career.
-"I had two career highlights; I got a walk from Sandy Koufax, and I got out of a rundown versus the Mets."
-"I led the league in 'go get 'em next times'."
-"I set records that will never be broken, I hope 90 percent never get printed."
There are too many Major League quotes that are tops in my book, and would take to long to write them all. That movie is one of the all-time funniest.
Uecker has called just one World Series for the Brewers, but has sat in during many more on NBC. He certainly deserves to call another one for Milwaukee.
The two most known calls from Bob Uecker:
-"Get up, Get up, Get outta here, GONE!!"
-"Heeeeeeeeyy!! Struck him out swinging/looking."
But back to his Miller Lite commercials; this is one guy who must definitely "be in the front row", of the broadcasting world.