No cheats here, just five of our favourite commentary moments
With commentator Jon Champion reprimanded by ESPN today for labelling Luis Suarez a cheat following the Liverpool striker’s handball in the run up to his goal at Mansfield Town yesterday evening, we thought it was time, in a show of support for those behind the mic, to list five of our favourite sporting commentary moments.
In the end, Suarez’s goal proved to be the difference between the Premier League side and the non-league outfit.
“We take our responsibility to deliver the highest standards of coverage to our viewers,” an ESPN statement read, condemning Champion’s reference to the Uruguayan’s goal.
“Comments during the Mansfield v Liverpool match caused offence where none was intended and we have spoken to our commentator about this incident.”
While debate has continued about the goal and indeed Champion's comments throughout the day, here is our nod to those who provide the backing-track to our viewing.
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Ok, we know it has been played over and over and over since last May, but as Martin Tyler says, you’ll never see anything like it again.
2 Gary Neville combusts
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He has made a name for himself as the most forensic pundit on our televisions, but it’s hard to argue that Gary Neville’s most memorable moment on our screens came at the Camp Nou when Fernando Torres tapped home.
3 And Solskjaer has won it
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It may be almost 14 years old, but Clive Tyldsley’s iconic commentary on ITV will remain in the minds of not just Manchester United fans, but anybody who absorbed the drama of the ’99 Champions League final
4 Sixty-one years waiting, how sweet this moment is
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We’re allowed to be a little biased, aren’t we? The excitement and emotion in Ryle Nugent’s crackling voice made the climax to the 2009 Grand Slam win all the more special for those of us who couldn’t make it to the Millenium Stadium.
5 Timmy McCarthy goes downtown
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But for all those memorable moments, no commentary list would be complete without a mention for our own Timmy McCarthy. Shake right, shake left, hit a three. BOOMSHAKALAKA!