On Wednesday, ESPN announced that legendary sports broadcaster Brent Musburger will retire later this month. He told the AP that he plans to move to Las Vegas and help his family start a sports handicapping business.
Musburger’s voice will long echo in the minds of college football fans, as he spent decades calling some of the most iconic games in the sport’s history. His catchphrase, “You are looking live” at the open of each broadcast became synonymous with prime-time matchups.
For Longhorns fans, there were some other Musburger phrases that became just as memorable. Here’s the list.
4. “Shipley … End zone ahead, folks”
No. 5-ranked Texas trailed No. 1 Oklahoma 14-3 early in the second quarter of one of the most high-profile Red River Showdowns ever. Then Jordan Shipley returned a kickoff 96 yards, and Musburger captured the moment perfectly. The Longhorns went on to win 45-35. (Musburger called another big Texas game that season, but we won’t mention it.)
3. “For everything”
Fellow retiree and Austin native Verne Lundquist recently joined Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden’s “On Second Thought” podcast and talked about the power of simplicity in broadcasting. That wasn’t always Musburger’s calling card, but it was for the finish of the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game. Hearts were in throats as Hunter Lawrence lined up a 46-yard field goal to beat Nebraska. Longhorns fans can probably still recite Musburger’s words: “For everything … Got it! … Texas goes to Pasadena.”
2. “On a roll, gonna throw it. Got him wide open, baby!”
Sometimes, broadcasters are just reacting like the rest of us. Musburger set the scene perfectly on 4th-and-inches in the first-ever Big 12 Championship Game by saying, “No question what’s about to happen.” The line holds a completely different meaning 20 years later, as what unfolded became one of the most iconic moments of the now-extinct Texas-Nebraska rivalry. The above video is full of great Longhorns-Huskers calls from Musburger.
1. “Hello, record book. Ricky Williams runs to the Hall of Fame.”
Michigan fans have “Hello, Heisman.” That was Keith Jackson referring to Desmond Howard. Whether or not Musburger recycled the phrase for Ricky Williams’ record-breaking run to pass Tony Dorsett could be debated, but he made it his own with the words that followed. Unless you were at Royal-Memorial Stadium that day, it’s impossible to think of Williams breaking the career rushing record without Musburger’s “Hall of Fame” line ringing through your head. That pretty much sums up his legacy as a broadcaster.
That and his fixation with the point spread.
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