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Stadium and Main: "Whoa, Nellie!" no longer

Thursday, April 27, 2006

"Whoa, Nellie!" no longer

Southern drawl styleLegendary sports broadcaster Keith Jackson is probably going to retire. You might remember that Jackson "retired" a few years ago, then continued to do Pac-10 games, and eventually started calling more national games in recent years. But this time it sounds like he might be gone for good.

While he slipped a bit in recent years, which is to be expected for a man in his mid-70's, Jackson will always be the voice of college football to me. Some of my first memories of Michigan Football include Jackson's other trademark saying: "He fummmbled the fooootball.... Michigan's got it!" Jackson is widely credited for giving Michigan Stadium its nickname: The Big House. He has gone on record as being a big Michigan fan, and hinted strongly during a TV interview that he voted for Charles Woodson on his 1997 Heisman ballot. It would have been nice if he could have gone out calling a Michigan Rose Bowl victory, but I guess this isn't a storybook ending. But I say "thanks" to Keith Jackson for years of entertainment and one of the most memorable voices in sports history.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really not a big fan of the re-retiring. I remember his final game at the Big House very well. I also remember that he got various gifts at every stadium he visited that year. I think that at Penn State they gave him a rocking chair.

And then, after all was said and done, and the accolades were given, and the fans gave him stading ovations, he somehow kept going and going. Almost another ten years? Absurd.

Kareem, Jordan, Clemens, are just a few. Its enough already.

When you retire, just retire.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, with all these Keith Jackson goodbyes on ESPN, they keep showing him call the CU-UM, Stewart to Westbrook, hail mary. Brutal.

9:26 AM  

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