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What man has been a part of a World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup final, and NBA Finals?
Zelig. Forrest Gump. Al Michaels. Except unlike the first two, who have a knack for being present whenever history happens, being around for when history happens is part of Al Michaels’ job. (Also, he’s a real person.)
We might have purposely tried to trick you with that question. The man, and as far as we know, only person, to have been a part of a World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, and NBA Finals isn’t some Bo Jackson-like, quadruple-sport athlete who was on a winning team of all of those events. It’s Michaels, a veteran sports broadcaster, who has worked all four major North American team sports championships.
Last weekend, Michaels provided play-by-play for NBC Sports in its coverage of Super Bowl XLIX. It’s the ninth Super Bowl that Michaels has called. He’s done three now for NBC, but he was previously employed by ABC, and anchored Monday Night Football for years, in addition to six Super Bowls. Michaels was still with ABC when the network won the rights to broadcast the NBA playoffs, and he provided the play-by-play for the Finals in 2004 and 2005. In the 1980s, ABC and NBC alternated coverage of the World Series, and Michaels called the games in 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989. (The Stanley Cups were Michaels-fronted from 2000 to 2002.)
But despite all of that, Michaels is probably most famous for coming up with one of the most memorable calls in sports history, when the U.S. Olympic hockey team unexpectedly defeated the team from the Soviet Union.
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