He loved Michigan. And Michigan was good. I feel old.
BIG TEN NETWORK, hire Keith Jackson fire everybody else. Pay hire what ever he wants and then give him more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
He truly was "the voice of college football". He added veritas to every game he announced.
I grew up on Keith Jackson; he made every game bigger.
Thanks to the Wolverine Historian for this great bit.
Justin Fargas at the end is a nice little extra.
I love when he mentions near the end that he'd probably been to more games at our stadium than anywhere else.
I also like the aerial view of the stadium, clearly showing the "notch" that was there on the east side for a decade before 2008. Just think: the stadium will never look like that again. I'm really curious to see how the newly renovated Big House looks from above.
Wow, Bo looks and sounds old in that clip! I didn't realize he had gone 'old' that early given that he lasted another eight years.
Funny also how Keith lasted another seven seasons in broadcasting after his retirement tour...
Why would this be OT?
Best PbP guy, ever, in any sport.
would like to have a word with you.
KJ was terrific, though!
College Football > Baseball. That's all.
But getting to spend an entire summer's worth of nights with Vin Scully or Ernie Harwell calling your favorite team's games > only a handful of your favorite team's games each year called by KJ, and dealing with whatever awful announcers call the others
Such a great announcer, class act all around.
Are dead on. Keith Jackson was transcendent. He was synonymous with college football. Bigger than life--and never let you down.
If there is ever a guy who needs to be cloned--it's him.
Yeah, I really miss Jackson after about 5 minutes of Captain Obvious (Kirk Herbstreit).
I have no argument for this, because it wouldn't fly, but I'm still partial to Bob Ufer.
I'm too young to remember Ufer live, but he is the ultimate local announcer--blatantly partial, bright, colorful, and willing to lose his cotton-pickin' maize and blue mind when Wangler hit Carter.
They're almost entirely different jobs with the bias/no bias aspects.
I miss Andy Evans
Keith Jackson, Ernie Harwell and Bruce Martin. All the voices of my formative years of following sports.
Good call! And who can ever forget Syd Abel and his inability to pronounce French-Canadian names?
"Yvan Corn-oy-ER" HAHAHAHAHA LOLZ
I miss the big uglies, the rumblin, bumblin, stumblin, the whoa nellie's, and of course, fummmmmbllle!
...wait, I don't actually at all. Actually never heard a compentent word out of him on the tube. Testament to Keith and his skilz
I wish I could upvote the following statement that is not about Bob Davie and is two posts above this one +1000
"I miss the big uglies, the rumblin, bumblin, stumblin, the whoa nellie's, and of course, fummmmmbllle!"
Don't forget, "He's a burner!"
"Hello Heisman" is all i have to say.
Keith was a comforting voice and part of my family. I miss him dearly. I loved hanging out with him on Saturdays.
captains at mid-field.I'm certain and was poignant and something they'll remember forever.
It was something like "Young men, in college football, this is hallowed ground. Have the game of your lives tonight."
ABC seemed to botch everything in the pregame coverage (showing crowd shots instead of the person parachuting into the Rose Bowl, etc.), so it's not surprising they didn't think to have a microphone nearby.
Maisel and Beano were saying the same thing about one of the old time announcers the other day and I instantly thought of Keith.
The 2004 Rose Bowl was his last game, right?
college football ever had (that I can remember). Amazing how fast herbstreet has risen, leap frogging over older announcers. He's doing a decent job too. But I wish they could find someone better than mushmouth to partner with him.
Got to love Keith.
Doesn't he get credit for coining "The Big House"?
You are correct.
97.1 had a discussion about this the other day. Someone asked Doug Karsch who coined the phrase, and he said that while Keith Jackson gets all the credit for putting it out there, the first person he ever heard use it was Jamie Morris, and that Jamie created it as a marketing thing. Jamie was pushing it to anyone who would listen, Jackson used it on air, and there you go.
Take that for what it's worth. I'm still giving the credit to Keith Jackson.
Why don't we digitize his voice from all his games and give it to a play-by-play AI? That's gotta be better than a lot of the current crop.
Keith Jackson has a lot to do with my love for college football and the wolverines.
As a Canadian living on the east coast I have never (to this point) had the opportunity to attend a game at the big house, but when he called the game I felt almost as if I was there, on the 50 yard line.
He made the game a story and I hung on his words nearly as much as I did each play. To me that is what being a play by play guy is all about, and he was better at it than anyone else I have ever heard.
Damn I miss that man!
Obviously his call when Howard struck the pose was one of his finer moments in the booth. Nothing comes close to the 1998 Rose Bowl, him and Bob Griese up there especially when Bob got really emotional when they announced his son won the MVP. What an outstanding team they were.
yo tambien op.
I was amazed how well he looked. Most guys say they are retiring to take care of themselves but they just get worse anyway and die. He must take real good care of himself.
ABC should be ashamed of themselves for sticking Dan Fouts in the same booth with a legend. It would piss me off everytime Fouts would interupt him. Never interupt a legend Dan.