As the Ohio State-Northwestern game was winding down Wednesday night, Gus Johnson delivered the kind of call that reminds a person of impending March sadness. When the NCAA Tournament begins, there’ll be no Gus, no gravelly-throated “ohhhhhs” and no Law of Gus, which commands that the game he’s calling automatically goes down to the buzzer.
He took a sweet deal from Fox and the Big Ten Network, leaving CBS and the NCAA Tournament. No longer will people ask, “Which game is Gus doing?” And that’s too bad. He was beginning to hit his hoops stride, as the call Wednesday night shows. The Wildcats had erased the Buckeyes’ double-digit lead in Evanston, Ill., and trailed by three in the last few seconds. Alex Marcotulio hit the tying shot with 7.7 seconds left and Gus did what he does.
Ohio State got the ball back and Jared Sullinger made a layup with 3.1 seconds left, giving the Buckeyes a 75-73 lead and victory when John Shurna’s halfcourt heave bounced off the rim. If it had gone in, only dogs would have been able to hear Johnson.
March will seem just a little colder, a little less fun this year. At least there are the OSU-Northwestern videos, the Funny or Die video, the Big Ten’s Gus Johnson archive...
And just imagine if Gus Johnson were still the New York Knicks’ radio broadcaster and were covering Jeremy Lin and Linsanity. “I’m sure I would’ve come up with something,” he told told Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News. “I would have had a lot of fun.”
Sigh. No Gus on Lin-sanity. No Gus at the NCAA Tournament. Sigh.
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