19 Oct 2005
Bill King, an Oakland radio announcer who called Raiders, A's and Warriors games, died Tuesday morning following complications from hip surgery. Those of us who never lived in the Bay Area but love NFL Films know him best for his immortal call on Kenny Stabler's famous "Holy Roller" fumble for a touchdown:
"Stabler back, here comes the rush, he sidesteps. Can he throw? He can't! The ball slips forward! There's a wild scramble! Two seconds on the clock. Casper grabbing the ball. It is ruled a fumble! Casper has recovered in the end zone! The Oakland Raiders have scored on the most zany, unbelievable, absolutely impossible dream of a play! Stabler, while being hit, the ball squirted forward. Madden is on the field. He wants to know if it's real. They said, 'Yes, get your big butt out of here!' He does."
4 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 7:51pm by David A.
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?