Quentin James is one of my classmates, and the owner of QSPNYsports, a hometown sports blog. We took turns guest blogging on each other’s sites this week and here’s what he has to say about his favorite voices in New York City sports. To see my piece on Quentin’s blog click here.
Many reporters and commentator’s dreams are to cover a team in a big market. Big markets tend to have more teams and the money is better in those places.
Living in New York City, there are so many great reporters who cover NYC sports. Whether they’re on TV, writing for a newspaper, or on radio, NYC has some of the best talent covering their sports.
Being a huge sports fan, I’ve heard many commentators and reporters but there’s three that come to mind when I talk about the best in NYC.
One of the most famous announcers in NYC must be Nets play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle. Eagle took the Nets announcer job in 1994 and to this day, he continues to be one of the best in the business. He has branched out to covering NFL games on CBS and NBA TV games. Eagle is a graduate of Syracuse University and since covering the Nets has been known for his catchphrases, energy and enthusiasm.
While Eagle calls Brooklyn Nets games, New York Knicks announcer Mike Breen also made a name for himself in the NYC area.
Breen is a New York City native and has been commentating Knicks games and NBA games for 25 years. He has an impressive resume, and has worked for MSG, ESPN and ABC.
His catchphrase, “BANG” following big three-pointers is one of the most famous signatures in basketball.
His legendary call after Ray Allen’s three at the end of Game 6 of the 2013 Finals is one that will live in sports galore forever.
My final announcer is Gary Cohen. Cohen; a play by play announcer for the New York Mets alongside Keith Hernandez. Cohen is another New York City native, whose home run catchphrase, “IT’S OUTTA HERE!” is a favorite among fans everywhere.
Cohen joined the Mets broadcast team in 1989 and has called some of the most memorable moments in Mets history. Some of those moments include Todd Pratt’s walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 1999 NLDS that won the Mets the series, The Mets making the 2000 World Series, Endy Chavez’s home run robbing catch in Game 7 of the NLCS, and Johan Santana’s no-hitter on June 1, 2012. His phrase when the Mets win, “…and the ball game is OVER!” is something Mets fans will remember for decades.
Being a good commentator is hard, but being one in New York City is tougher. These three announcers are the best in their respective fields because of their energy, their enthusiasm, their catch phrases, and their overall knowledge of the game.