The greatest exponent of the art of commentary left us this week in the form of the legend that is and was Jimmy McGee. The ‘Memory Man’ was essentially a walking talking sporting Wikipedia and his likes will never be seen again. Since Jimmy’s sad passing the internet has been full of some his greatest moments. In honour of the great man today we look at some other great moments from commentators who no doubt held up Jimmy as their Idol
A nation holds its breath
Yeah we all know where we were on that balmy June Day in 1990 when David O’Leary stepped up to dispatch the penalty that awoke the nation. George Hamilton had the honour of calling proceedings and gave us this timeless classic.
The ROG Drop…
Ronan O Gara’s right boot has given us great joy and the occasional bit of pain over his long and illustrious career. His famous spiral effort in Cardiff to take the 6 nations crown in 09 will live long in the memory but for sheer commentary genius his last minute winner against Northampton after a mammoth piece of Munster play and the associated commentary by RTE’s Michael Corcoran is certainly now firmly in the legendary bracket.
Tommy Booowweeeee !!!
Sticking with Rugby and returning to the epic encounter between Ireland and Wales in 09. Tommy Bowe’s try was a turning point and Ryle Nugent in his own distinct way painted the pictures that caught the moment…Magic…..
Thy Kingdom Come….
An entry from this year’s summer football championship next. One of the many epic games Mayo were involved in this summer was their drawn semi-final against Kerry. A game for the ages that went down the wire. On co-commentary duty for Mid-West radio was well known RTE pundit and Mayo fanatic Martin Carney. The partiality Carney usually shows whilst commentating for the national broadcaster was left to one side as his passion for his local county got the better of him, classic stuff.
Effin Eddie !
Finishing off our top 5 is frankly some of the greatest pieces of commentary this country, nay, the world has ever witnessed. The year is 1992, the competition is the Tipperary U21 County final battle royal between Aherlow and Nenagh and well you know what happens next……Stand up Effin Eddie Moroney.
RIP Jimmy the voice of our sporting history may have gone silent yesterday, but the many memories he gave us will live on forever.
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