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    Keith Jackson Passes

    ...at 89.

    Did the '75 500, other auto racing and was an all-around legendary sports announcer.

    Figured I'd move my sig line up. The man did know how to turn a phrase.

    "George Bignott's Sinmast Wildcat; delicately built, carefully prepared and boldly driven by Gordon Johncock." -- Keith Jackson

    Edit: Missed it over on OT
    "George Bignott's Sinmast Wildcat; delicately built, carefully prepared and boldly driven by Gordon Johncock." -- Keith Jackson

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    Rest In Peace Keith Jackson. The greatest football announcer to ever speak in to a microphone. He also called 10 Olympic Games, 4 World Series, NASCAR races, and 1975 Indy 500

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    RIP Keith. Whoa Nellie!
    RIP Justin! WWJCD

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    One of the best at any sport or event he announced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Grigson View Post
    RIP Keith. Whoa Nellie!
    First thing that came to my mind!! RIP Mr. Jackson

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    My favorite sportscaster ever.

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    He has always been the voice of college football to me. Loved listening to him. Al-aBAMA!

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    RIP, he was a lot of fun to listen to cover anything. Funny was listening to either him or an impression of him in the background on The Simpsons while Homer had the TV on and there was a football game on and was talking to Marge.

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    Whatever Keith Jackson covered in his announcing, he was PASSIONATE about it. College football was his love, but he showed genuine passion and enjoyment in everything he brought into our living rooms.

    RIP
    KEEP POUNDIN' THE ROCK

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    When I think of NCAA football I'll always think of Keith Jackson.

    He was the best at bringing the excitement from any college stadium to your living room.

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    Wonder why he did the 1975 race and not Jim McKay
    "Paff has been closer to the mark than anyone will give him credit for."

    Richard Kimble 11/18/2010

    "Paff is far more right than any of you will EVER give him credit for.

    As non politically correct and un IndyCar friendly as it is, it's the truth. "

    SeeuInMay 12/29/2010

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Red5 View Post
    He has always been the voice of college football to me. Loved listening to him. Al-aBAMA!
    +1

    RTR!

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    He was one of the few announcers I would listen to no matter sport he was doing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Paff View Post
    Wonder why he did the 1975 race and not Jim McKay
    According to "The Other Wiki", McKay wasn't feeling well and KJ was a last-minute replacement.

    I always liked Keith's "walking on grease" comment during the monsoon that ended the race 26 laps ahead of schedule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDCSWildcats86 View Post
    According to "The Other Wiki", McKay wasn't feeling well and KJ was a last-minute replacement.
    I think that story is bunk, because a newspaper article a full one week before the race identified Keith Jackson as the announcer, and how he had been preparing for the role for a while. It made no mention of Jim McKay.

    The story I heard was McKay was still rather distraught over the 1973 race. When he came back for the 1974 race (which McKay did call), all anyone wanted to talk to him about was crashes, death, etc. So he supposedly asked the producers to use someone else for 1975. He needed a break from racing. I think McKay may have discussed it in his book, but I have yet to read it.

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    Great broadcaster, he could make almost any sport fun to listen to. RIP.

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