With Brent Musburger announcing his final game on Tuesday night, the commentary legend delivered his signature opening line one last time.
Superficially, Tuesday night’s matchup between the Kentucky Wildcats and Georgia Bulldogs isn’t much to speak of. The former is the clearly superior team and, even if Georgia pulled off an upset, they’re still not the caliber of John Calipari’s program. While that may be so, though, the matchup from Rupp Arena had a different feel for those watching at home. That’d be because it was the final time that we’d hear Brent Musburger on the call.
After the seemingly sudden announcement that Musburger would be retiring this January, Tuesday night was announced as his final time in the broadcast booth. Therefore, it was always going to be a bit emotional for college basketball (and football fans) as they said goodbye to one of the legends of the industry.
Musburger has obviously had several tremendous and memorable calls throughout his broadcasting career. However, there are some of his signatures that fans will really remember him for. And as the broadcast opened for Georgia-Kentucky, Musburger gave us one of them. For the last time, he welcomed viewers with “You are looking live:”
Maybe it’s just me, but that one had a little more zip on it than normal. Musburger is clearly a bit amped for his moment to shine, his final outing calling a game.
There are a number of sounds and voices people associate with college sports. With that said, there might not be a voice quite as identifiable as Musburger’s. Frankly, it’s going to be weird hearing calls that don’t involve him anymore. However, he’s earned his time to go off into the sunset like a broadcast hero.