April 24, 2009

"Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand NOWWW... the starting lineup... for YOUR..."

The year is 1997.

Simply the greatest sports introduction ever.  Many have tried to copy it, including the Bulls themselves, but nothing really comes close.  The reason for that is quite clear: one man, and it's not Michael Jordan.

The intro wouldn't be (and isn't) the same without Ray Clay, the PA announcer, the unsung hero of the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the '90s.  Just watching that clip sends shivers up my spine.

Don't get me wrong: today, the video package is better, the effects are better now (and Benny the Bull waving the flag at center court is cool as heck), but without that voice, it's just not even close.


No, I don't have a point, why do you ask?



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