Since 1996, we've had the pleasure of listening to Gus Johnson take us through the drama of March Madness. We were introduced to him when he called Princeton's dramatic 43-41 upset of defending-champion UCLA, and we've been in love ever since.
We've been there when he called exciting games in the first round, as well as dramatic finishes to Regional Finals that determined who would advance to the Final Four.
His numerous catch-phrases, which include: "Rise and fire!", "Pure!", and of course his patented "Hahaha!" laugh.
What makes listening to Johnson so wonderful is the fact that he is just as excited to be there calling the games as we are to be watching them.
He embodies the emotion and the excitement we feel when when an underdog is about to pull off a major upset, when a team is about to reach the Final Four, when something special is about to happen. He is truly a fan at heart, and that is what we love about him most.