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  • NASCAR has quite a few:
    • " GENTLEMEN! START! YOUR! ENGINES!" ("Drivers" during the years Danica Patrick was full-time)
    • Darrell Waltrip's "Boogity boogity boogity! Let's go racin', boys!" (and variants thereof) at the drop of the green flag at the start of Sprint Cup races on Fox.
    • Larry McReynolds: "Reach up, pull those belts tight. One more time!"
    • "The Big One" is the unanimous term for any chain reaction crash involving five or more cars. They can happen at any track, but the restrictor plate races at Daytona and Talladega are especially known for them because of how those devices alter the cars' handling.
    • The free pass (which allows the first car not on the lead lap to regain a lap) is also known as the "lucky dog", or as Larry McReynolds calls it, a "pardon from the Oval Office".
    • "Cautions Breed Cautions" is used by all the broadcast teams to describe wrecks that occur on or just after restarts, especially if it is the result of a caution flag coming out after a long green-flag run or late in the race. The main factor in these incidents seems to be drivers trying to make up multiple positions while the cars are still bunched together, and therefore racing much more recklessly than they otherwise would.
    • "Green-White-Checkered": If a caution occurs in the final stages of the race, so that the planned finish would happen during a yellow flag, NASCAR will add extra laps to the event to finish the race under green flag conditions. They will end the caution with two laps to go by waving the green flag. The next lap will be one lap to go, and so the white flag will be waved. And then, the checkered flag will wave as the leader finishes the race. This is also known as "Checkers or Wreckers", as if the caution flag is thrown before the white flag is thrown, they will try again, for up to three attempts at a finish. If the white flag waves, the next flag, checkered or yellow, ends the race.
    • "The Catbird Seat" refers to a driver in a precarious, enviable position, such as the last driver currently guaranteed a starting spot during qualifying, or leading the field with more worn tires or less fuel than everyone behind him, or the championship leader by a small margin.
  • Formula One's commentators upon the race starts:
    • Murrey Walker: "And it's a Go! Go! Go!"
    • James Allen: "NOOOOOOWWWW!"
    • David Croft: "It's lights out! And away we go!"
    • Jonathan Legard loves abusing the word "problem" during 2009-2010's BBC coverages.

  • Among national announcers:
    • Joe Buck's "We will see you tomorrow night" (said when the World Series would go into a possible Game 7 broadcast on Fox, wherein he's the primary PBP man for MLB broadcasts) is among one of the all-time favorites.Origin 
      • During home runs: "Back to the wall... it is... GONNNEEEE!!!!"
    • Matt Vasgersian, PBP announcer and analyst for FOX, MLB Network and now for ESPN whenever home runs or grand slams are scored: "SANTA MARIA!" (The practice began when he was the television voice of the San Diego Padres in the early to mid 2000s and can also be featured in MLB The Show, as he's the primary game announcer.)
  • Mel Allen, who was the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees from 1939 to 1964, was well known for his on-air catchphrases, "It's going, going, gone!" (for home runs) and "How about that!" (for any spectacular and/or improbable play). The latter phrase carried over into Allen's role as host/narrator for This Week in Baseball from 1977 until his 1996 death.
  • John Sterling's famous "Yankees win! Theeeeeeeeeeeeee Yankees win!"
    • (For a Yankees homer)"It is high...It is far...It is gone!"
  • Michael Kay, announcing for Yankees games, is known to say, "There it goesssss/On the track, at the wall.. See ya! A home run!" (or shortened to "See ya!"), no matter who made the Home Run.
  • Yankees alternate PBP announcer Ken Singleton: "This one is gone!"
  • The late Detroit Tigers play-by-play announcer Ernie Harwell would often say when a batter took a called third strike, "...and he stood there like the house by the side of the road and watched that one go by."
    • "...and that ball is fouled into the stands and caught by a fan from (insert name of nearby city/town/suburb)."
  • Legendary NBC (and later CBS) play-by-play man Dick Enberg would often exclaim "Oh my!" The tone would vary based on the type of play. Later, as the San Diego Padres' PBP man, he used "Touch 'em all!" when a Padres player hit a home run.
    • Also, as a radio announcer for the California (now Los Angeles) Angels in the '70s, he would punctuate the team's wins with, "And the Halo shines tonight!"note 
  • Speaking of the Angels, Victor Rojas, the Fox Sports West PBP announcer, and his "Big Fly" calls during home runs (or "Jimmy Jack" on Angels grand slams, now rarely used) have become loved by the fans, and he has gained new supporters in Japan because of his "Big Fly Ohtani-San" call whenever Shohei Ohtani, the new rookie with the team, hits dingers.
    • He often says "Light That Baby Up" whenever the Angels win. For walk off home runs or RBI victories he would often say "Drive. Home. Safely!"
  • Speaking also of the Padres: the late team PBP man Jerry Coleman would always say "You can hang a star on that one" whenever a Padres player makes a catch; the team's Twitter page has continued his legacy with the phrase in hashtag form.
  • Harry Caray, the Cubs' famous announcer: "There's a drive! Waaaay back! It might be ... it could be ... it is! A home run! Holy cow!"
    • Another Caray catchphrase: "You can't beat fun at the old ballpark!"
    • "Holy cow!" was also used by Phil Rizzuto (New York Yankees), Earl Gillespie (Milwaukee Braves), and Halsey Hall (Minnesota Twins). All claimed at various times to have been the originator of the phrase.
    • Caray used "Cubs win! Cubs win!" after the final out (assuming they did in fact win, of course).
      • The double "Cubs Win" call has been continued today by the current play-by-play announcer, Len Kasper from NBC Sports Chicago, who also appears on WGN, the long time FTA TV partner of the team, as well as on occasional broadcast for WLS-TV 7, the ABC local station there. Since 2020, one can hear his calls on the cable-only Marquee Sports Network channel, partly owned by the Cubs.
  • Speaking of the Cubs, long time PBP announcer Jack Brickhouse:"Back.. Back... Hey Hey!"
  • The White Sox' Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, for many years as a play-by-play broadcaster on television till he retired in 2018, not only had one of the most awesome home run calls in the business (several variations on "Stretch! That ball hit way back! He looks up... you can put it on the booooard... YES! YES!"), he also had one for when a White sox pitcher strikes out an opposing batter: "He gone!" He also had "And this ball game is OVAH!" for when the Sox win, "Mercy!" for a particularly crazy play and "It's all good!" for a great play by a Sox player. Hawk could probably call an entire game using nothing but his catchphrases.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully always opened his broadcasts with, "Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good afternoon/evening to you, wherever you may be."
    • ITSSSSS TIMEEE FORRR DODGER BASSEEEBBAAALLLLLL is another of his quotes and the official Los Angeles Dodgers Twitter page uses it in abbreviated form as a hashtag when the games begin.
    • (For a Dodgers homer) "She's gone!"
    • When he was calling NBC's Game of the Week broadcasts in the '80s, he would invite viewers to "pull up a chair and spend part of your Saturday with us".
  • San Francisco Giants TV play-by-play announcer Duane Kuiper during Giants home runs would say "It is...... OOOUUTTTTTAAAAAAA HEEEEERRRREE!!
    • Variants of the call have been used by other baseball announcers, for example, SNY's New York Mets play by play announcer Gary Cohen's "It's outta here!" (sometimes this goes, during walk off home runs or other cases, into a double "It's outta here! Outta here!") The late Phillies announcer Harry Kalas was also associated with that phrase (his call was "That ball is outta here!") and recordings of that call echo on Citizen's Bank Park as of the present in his memory, the call being well liked by the fans there.
    • Cleveland Indians TV play-by-play man Matt Underwood has another variant: "He's out of room, it's outta here!"
  • Jon Miller, the Giants' radio play-by-play voice and alternate play-by-play man on the television broadcasts since the 2016 season, notably unleashes a call in Spanish ("Adiós pelota!"note ) for home runs hit by Hispanic Giants players.
  • Oakland Athletics TV play-by-play announcer Glen Kuiper during homers: "Annndddd that baby's gone!"
  • Cincinnati Reds radio play-by-play announcer Marty Brennaman always punctuates the team's victories with: "And this one belongs to the Reds!" He also announced game attendance every night referring to "tonight's Titanic Struggle"
    • And his late partner Joe Nuxhall always signed off of broadcasts with "This is the old left-hander, rounding third and heading for home."
    • Former Reds TV broadcaster (and former SportsCenter anchor) George Grande would often call home runs with "It's gonna beeeee GONE!" He might even tag on "He's the king of the Queen City tonight!" on a particularly dramatic walk-off home run.
    • Reds TV broadcaster Thom Brennaman (yes, he's Marty's son) seems fond of using "HOLY MOSES!" for outstanding plays by either team or a resigned "You've gotta be kidding me" when the team isn't performing particularly well.
  • Cleveland Indians radio play-by-play announcer Tom "Hammy" Hamilton has many:
    • For the first pitch of Indians home games: And we're underway at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. (The streets the Indians home stadium is located on.)
    • A SWING AND A DRIVE!! TO DEEP RIGHT/CENTER/LEFT!! AWWAYYYY BACK!! GONNNNEEE!! (For Indians home runs) This call is so loved by Indians fans, the team will post the videos of special homers WITH Hammy's call to their Facebook page.
    • And the string is out. (For a full count)
    • Oh for the love of Pete/ MM MM MM. (For a bad play by an Indians player)
  • Late Seattle Mariners radio play-by-play man Dave Niehaus: "My, oh my!"
    • For a grand slam home run: "Get out the rye bread and mustard this time Grandma, it's grand salami time!"
  • Washington Nationals TV play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter: "See. You. Later!"
  • Pittsburgh Pirates TV play-by-play announcer Greg Brown on Pirate home runs, "Clear the deck! Cannonball coming!" And when the Pirates win, "Raise the Jolly Roger!"
    • In recent years the fans of the Pirates have loved his individual calls for the players. For instance:
      • Starling Marte: "Marte Partaye Time!"
      • Josh Bell: "Ring your bell!"
      • Gregory Polanco: "How about a cup of coffee?"
  • Baltimore Orioles TV play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne whenever the team scores home runs at home: "Goodbye home run!"
  • Colorado Rockies TV play-by-play announcer Drew Goodman: "Take a good look, you won't see it for long!"
    • Rockies TV pre and postgame host and alternative PBP announcer Jenny Cavnar made her own mark in the 2018 season with "Fire up the fountains!"
  • Todd Kalas, the current PBP commentator for the Houston Astros (and son of legendary announcer Harry, as mentioned, who began his long career in the city in the late 60s) utters "Train no.(states number) has just left Union Station" whenever an Astros player hits a home run to the train tracks at Minute Maid Park above the Crawford Boxes in left field.Origin 
    • Only in March 2017 did he once more uttered his dad's home run call during his Astros days: "That ball is in Astro orbit!" during a spring training game on his late father's birthday.
  • Milwaukee Brewers radio PBP announcer Bob Uecker: "Get Up Get Up Get Outtaaa Heereee GONE!"
    • Toronto Blue Jays TV PBP announcer Buck Martinez uses a variant of that call: "Get up ball! Get up, outta heree.. GONE" whenever the Blue Jays score a home run.

  • John Madden: "Boom!"
  • Legendary play-by-play man Keith Jackson has had "Whoa Nelly!" tagged as his catchphrase - despite his own estimation that he only said it three or four times in his four-decade career.
  • Peyton Manning used the line audible "Omaha! Omaha!" so much that sponsors even noticed and mocked it in his commercials.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning radio PBP announcer Dave Mishkin has a particular way of calling goals. The Other Wiki's description of it as "shrieking" is putting it lightly.
  • Hockey Night in Canada's legendary Foster Hewitt - "He shoots, he scores!"
    • "Hello, Canada, and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland, and an extra big hello to Canadian servicemen overseas." From Hewitt's radio opening in the Forties, prior to Newfoundland joining Canada in 1949. Has been replayed on HNIC over the years, and occasionally at least "Hello, Canada", if not more, has been incorporated into the show open.
    • Other broadcasters have used "He shoots, he scores" or a slight variation thereof, such as Detroit's Bruce Martyn and his successor Ken Kal (usually going falsetto on "scores"), or Pittsburgh's Mike Lange ("Heeeeeeeeeeeeeee shoots and scores!").
  • Toronto Maple Leafs announcer Joe Bowen is known just for: "Holy mackinaw!"
  • Pittsburgh Penguins radio play-by-play announcer Mike Lange is thought to have coined the phrase "Elvis has left the building!" Other catchphrases include:
    • "Scratch my back with a hacksaw!"
    • "Buy Sam a drink and his dog one, too!"
    • "Get in the fast lane, grandma: The bingo game's ready to roll!"
    • "Beat him like a rented mule!"
    • "He doesn't know whether to cry or to wind his watch!"
  • Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret has his signature "SCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORES!!!!!!!!" whenever the Sabres score a goal.
  • Sam Rosen's "It's a Power Play goal!" whenever a New York Ranger achieves as much.
    • During Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann's SportsCenter tenure; both would borrow the phrase (in Olbermann's case; it doubled as a Shout-Out since Rosen was Olbermann's first boss when Keith started out at UPI Radio).
  • NHL Network's Kevin Weekes whenever a NHL rookie player's firtst league goal is featured live: "Welcome to the National!"

  • Ian Darke has "CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?" after a particularly amazing goal. See Landon Donovan and Abby Wambach at the 2010 Men's and 2011 Women's World Cups, respectively.

  • Michael Buffer's "Let's get ready to RUMBLE!" (which he's trademarked)
    • Which he alters for the finals of the World Series of Poker, where he traditionally kicks off the final table with "Let's get ready to SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!"—the latter part alone being the usual starting phrase.
    • Borrowing a bit from pro wrestler Big Van Vader, we have Michael's brother, UFC announcer Bruce Buffer with "IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT'S TIIIIIIIIME!!!!!"
  • Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has 'Jeah!', a phrase which he has described as basically meaning 'good' and reached memetic levels during the London Olympics. Speedo has produced this useful video to show all the different meanings of 'Jeah!'.
  • New Zealand rugby commentator Grant "Nisbo" Nisbitt is known for exclaiming "gee whiz!" after particularly outrageous plays, errors or decisions.
  • Spurred on by Chris "He COULD! GO! ALL! THE! WAY!" Berman, Dan "En Fuego" Patrick, and Keith "He pulled a groin. His own, we hope" Olbermann, catchphrases seem to be a requirement to be a SportsCenter anchor - particularly the flagship 11PM EST broadcast.
    • Berman spoofed himself with his appearance in Hootie & the Blowfish's music video for "Only Wanna Be With You", where he shouts despairingly "They do not! Go! All! The! Way!"
    • Dave Niehaus, "My, oh my!"; and "Swung on and belted...!"
      • And for a Mariners grand slam: "Get out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma, it's grand salami time!"
    • It seems that most sportscasters have a catchphrase assigned to them by their network or the team that they broadcast for along with the keys to the broadcast booth. Of course, baseball announcers are noted (notorious?) for specific catchphrases they use when a player hits a home run (known in the jargon as "home run calls"). Entire books could be (and probably have been) written about noted broadcasters' home run calls. Subverted/spoofed in a Bud Light commercial when it's suggested to Bud Light pitchman (and broadcaster) Joe Buck that he needs a home run call. The one they come up with? "Slam-a-lam-a-ding-dong."
    • As long as we're on ESPN sportscasters, we have to mention Stuart Scott, and his prolific use of "Booyah!"
    • And Lee Corso's "NOT SO FAST!"
    • Brent Musberger has "You are looking live at..." which is finished with the name of whatever stadium Musberger happens to be broadcasting from.
  • Horse racing: "...And they're off!" (or "off and running")
    • "And down the stretch they come!"
  • "It's a beautiful day for football!", for every announcer (and the whole crowd) at Michigan State University's Spartan Stadium. They say this at every game—irrespective of whether it's a bright, clear, crisp fall day or a humid late-August steamer or a thunderstorm or even snowing. Yes.
  • And of course the universal race starter "Gentlemen, start your engines!" (changed to "Drivers" when there are women in the field)
  • Common in ESPN Brazil.
    • Paulo Antunes has "We have a game" ("Temos um jogo", or more specifically, "Temos um djoco!").
    • Everaldo Marques compliments outrageous plays with "You are ridiculous!" and also highlights comebacks (or at least attempts at them) with "as long as there's bamboo, there's arrows!"
    • Romulo Mendonça, the resident Large Ham, has a lot, such as "CHAAAAAOS!", "Get me pregnant!" reacting to blocks with "Not here, my dear!", "She said goodbye!" for baseball home runs, singing "Asereje", and a Borrowed Catchphrase during NBA games ("Boom-shak-a-laka!").
    • From announcers to commentators, Thiago Simões describes a goal in the upper net as "where mama\grandma hides the cookies" note .
    • Basketball color commentator Zé Boquinha has "the cow has lied down" for when the result seems settled. This one spread across the fanbase (who frequently react to blowouts on Twitter with both the phrase and pictures of cows) and even other broadcasters (the hockey ones will add that "the cow is on her pajamas" or in case of comebacks, "the cow took some spoiled milk and has risen again!").


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