Friday, September 29, 2023

Al Michaels shows why SmartLess is probably the best podcast

Al Michaels is a master class in sports journalism. And SmartLess is a master class in comedic and heartwarming podcasts. The two collided when Michaels was recently a guest on the show, which I consider a must-listen podcast every week.

But Michaels was filled with juicy nuggets of sports history and behind-the-scenes antics of sports journalists. I highly recommend you listen to this episode if you are at all a fan of sports. It makes it pretty clear to me why he's my favorite sports commentator these days.

And Jason Bateman and Will Arnett are a couple of my favorite comedians/actors. Round that out with co-host Sean Hayes and you always have funny banter about, at the very least, nothing.

Back to Michaels. He's a really interesting person, and some of those interesting things include:

He is the only play-by-play commentator to have covered the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, and Stanley Cup Final.

He is known for his iconic calls, such as "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" during the "Miracle on Ice" hockey game at the 1980 Winter Olympics, and "Touchdown! The Giants win! The Giants win the Super Bowl!" during the New York Giants' upset victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

He has won numerous awards for his broadcasting work, including five Emmy Awards, the Pete Rozelle Radio & Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award.

He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he majored in radio and television and minored in journalism.

He is a lifelong Brooklyn Dodgers fan, and his favorite baseball player is Jackie Robinson

Now get started listening to SmartLess. There are 168 other episodes besides the Al Michaels one.

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