Frank Herzog's NBA championship call
When I posted the Frank Herzog Redskins stories the other day, several commenters dinged me for ignoring Herzog's role with the Bullets, which included the call of their world title.
In typical Steinberg style, he's all Skins all the time, so unless readers wade through the comments section, they'll never know that Herzog called the FIRST World Championship in the modern era.
Well, apologies. And in truth, when asked to discuss his most memorable moments on WTOP last week, Herzog mentioned John Riggins's Super Bowl run, covering 9/11 live from the Mall, and the Bullets' title run, including beating Philly in the Eastern Conference Finals. Here was Leonard Shapiro's story from the time:
When Wes Unseld scores the game winning points, however, Herzog's description - "Unseld rebound, back up, no, tip follow, it's good" - is barely comprehensible above the roar of the crowd, even though Herzog is yelling at the top of his voice.
When the noise dies down briefly, Herzog has regained some composure and describes the scene. "The fans are up and cheering, the cheerleaders are up and hugging the photographers," he says. "But hold it, the opera ain't over till the fat lady sings."
A couple weeks later, the fat lady sang. Herzog was on Washington Post Live with Ivan Carter this week, and the intro included his call of that Bullets' championship. If you haven't heard it, or if it's been too long, take a look and a listen.
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