They provide the narrative for our most cherished sporting snapshots.
Pick a triumphant moment, and even if you weren’t actually tuned in at the time, the play-by-play voice seems permanently woven into that scene.
For example, there’s Gary Dolphin’s call when Iowa quarterback Drew Tate threw an improbable 56-yard scoring pass to Warren Holloway, beating Louisiana State at The Capital One Bowl:
“The game is going to end on this play. He fires downfield. It’s caught, and into the end zone. TOUCHDOWN IOWA. TOUCHDOWN IOWA.”
And there’s John Walters’ description of Iowa State’s upset of No. 2 and previously unbeaten Oklahoma State:
“This place is going bananas. First and goal from the 4-yard line in the second overtime. Barnett hands to Woody. Up the middle TOUCHDOWN. Iowa State has won it.”
Gary Rima’s rant in the closing moments of Northern Iowa’s basketball shocker over top-ranked Kansas in the 2010 NCAA Tournament is timeless:
“Final seconds tick away. PANTHERS WIN. PANTHERS WIN. Oh, baby. I love this team. The UNI Panthers have just shocked the college basketball world. Down goes Kansas. Down goes Kansas.”
Larry Cotlar has yet to have such a platform while handling the radio duties for Drake, but he did the Bulldogs’ 2008 trek toward Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles.
A few weeks ago DesMoinesRegister.com asked readers to vote on their favorite play-by-play voice, from our Big Four schools.
Now, six weeks before another college football season kicks off, I want to know who, and why.
Do you prefer the sometimes understated approach of Walters, or Dolphin’s exuberance? Rima’s catchphrases, or Cotlar’s conversational tone?
Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can tell me about “Your guy,” or take me back to your favorite call.
I’ll share the highlights in coming weeks.
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