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So long to the man who gave us the Big Uglies
2006-04-27 07:47
by Bob Timmermann

Keith Jackson, best known as ABC's college football announcer, but he also covered baseball for ABC in the 1970s, is retiring.


Appparently for good, according to the New York Times.

I'm finished with play-by-play forever," Jackson said yesterday by telephone from his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. "I'm going out to learn to be a senior citizen and find a president I can vote for and believe in." He added, "I'm not angry, I'm just going off like an old man and sitting by the creek."

Jackson is 77 and last year age-related issues, such as his artificial knees as well as eyesight probems, seemed to make him quite cranky on broadcasts. His final game, the 2006 Rose Bowl epic between USC and Texas, was good enough of a game to disguise some gaffes with misidentified players and getting the score wrong.

Aside from that, we should remember the extensive body of Jackson's work, which almost of all it was high quality.

And I have a feeling that Jackson will still be on the air in Gatorade commercials.

2006-04-27 09:14:53
1.   Daniel Zappala
Wonderful announcer. Any mistakes he has made recently were more than outweighed by his presence.
2006-04-27 09:16:56
2.   Bob Timmermann
I thought "I'm finished with play-by-play forever" was sort of Keith channeling Chief Joseph.
2006-04-27 09:38:12
3.   misterjohnny
He was wonderful 20 years ago, but has been steadily losing it. He should have stuck to his first retirement.
2006-04-27 09:42:46
4.   Bob Timmermann
I got the impression that Keith Jackson keeps his own counsel and is a tad cantankerous.

It also makes you realize what a workhorse Vin Scully must be since he's 2 years older and even with his reduced travel schedule, he works many more days than Keith Jackson.

2006-04-27 14:35:10
5.   Voxter
Whenever I think of Keith Jackson, I remember the cartoon "Animalympics", which included a great parody of Jackson, a rather rotund bear named Keen Hacksaw.

"26 seconds, not bad for a fatso."

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