By Dave Andrusko
It’s all personal preference, of course, but my favorite announcer since his days in the Washington, DC metropolitan area has been and remains Gus Johnson. If there is such a thing as an enthusiasm gene, Gus is blessed with at least two.
Gus was the FOX Sports announcer Saturday for the 115th meeting of the Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, about as intense a rival as exists in college football. Alas, for Michigan fans, Ohio State clobbered Michigan 56-27 in a game played two days after Thanksgiving.
J.K. Dobbins is Ohio State’s star (and I do mean star) running back. He scored four touchdowns in the rout.
But more important than any football games is (as Kelli wrote), “a moment that had pro-life viewers reacting in amazement.”
“FOX Sports announcer Gus Johnson let slip some pro-life personal history about Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins during the Ohio State vs. Michigan game today, with millions of viewers tuning in.”
“J.K. Dobbins’ mom Maya became pregnant when she was 18 years old,” Johnson said. “She went to the doctor because she was thinking about aborting the baby, but changed her mind.”
“That baby turned out to be that young man, J.K. Dobbins,” Johnson continued, with the cameras showing Dobbins, “who she calls her miracle baby.”
Programs such as ESPN’s “30 for 30” and ESPN’s College GameDay offer some of the very best journalism—sports or otherwise–around. Often the stories bring tears to your eyes and are hugely affirming, the kind that you never, ever forget.
For example, Auburn played Alabama last Saturday, another historic football rivalry. Prior to the game, ESPN’s College GameDay offered a long piece on the friendship between Auburn radio broadcaster Andy Burcham and the late Rod Bramblett. As Creg Stephenson explained
“Burcham and Bramblett called Auburn sports together for more than 25 years until Bramblett — the primary radio voice of the Tigers — was killed along with his wife Paula in a car accident in May. Burcham and his wife, Jan, had promised the Brambletts they would become guardians to the Bramletts’ two children in the event anything happened to them.”
And they did, although they had no children of their own, only dogs. How the Burchams handled this highly sensitive situation was beautifully profiled.
Back to Gus Johnson. It takes guts in today’s sports world where pro-abortion, leftist causes are celebrated, to share a true-life, life-affirming story.
Hat’s off to Gus.