Sports pop culture hero Gus Johnson left CBS last month, jumping ship to join the enemy at Fox Sports. Finding a replacement for Johnson seemed like an impossible task for the guys at CBS, but they’ve gone out and totally redeemed themselves by bringing in Marv Albert.
I can’t imagine there’s another play-by-play announcer on the planet who makes more sense than Albert, who has a perfect blend of shtick and knowledge (and can probably take over Johnson’s college basketball duties, too).
While he’s always been known as a basketball guy (someone would argue that Johnson was too), Albert did a fantastic job calling “Monday Night Football” games, playoff games and the Super Bowl on the radio for Westwood One between 2002 and 2009. After one year removed from the football booth, he’s primed to make his NFL television debut.
But while Johnson was still under-appreciated in his prime at the end of his run with CBS, Albert is too much of a big name to be given Jaguar-Texans games every Sunday. He’ll become one of the headliners at CBS, competing with Greg Gumbel for the second biggest game the network has each week (Jim Nantz is the No. 1 guy).
Albert is one of the best announcers of our era. His addition to the NFL broadcasts will be huge. And the great news is that with Johnson continuing to call football games for Fox, NFL fans nationwide will get the best of both worlds.
Since this has become a popular barometer for big calls in clutch situations, here’s Albert’s call of David Tyree’s world-famous Super Bowl XLVII catch. I actually think he did a much better job than Joe Buck (Fox) and Bob Papa (WFAN New York).