Alabama football will miss Eli Gold for at the least a few of the 2022 season, however we’ll always remember the legendary broadcaster’s biggest calls as voice of the Crimson Tide.
Alabama introduced this week that Gold will miss the beginning of the 2022 football season attributable to well being points. Chris Stewart, the longtime broadcaster for Alabama basketball and different sports activities will fill in till additional discover. Stewart may also host the Nick Saban radio present on Thursday nights throughout the season. The Brooklyn native’s streak of consecutive Crimson Tide video games referred to as ended at 409 after catching COVID-19 earlier than the 2020 journey to Arkansas, in response to AL.com’s Michael Casagrande. Before that, Gold had each shoulders changed in 2020.
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As the voice of the Crimson Tide, Gold has offered the soundtrack to the Alabama fan expertise, whether or not you attend video games in individual and put on a hi fi in your ear, and even whenever you watch from dwelling and change out the audio for the native broadcast .
We need to want Gold a wholesome and speedy restoration (and Stewart the most effective of luck whereas on the decision this season), and we additionally need to honor the superb work he is accomplished in his storied career. Thankfully, he already did that for us.
In 2018, marking 30 years since he grew to become the lead commentator, AL.com requested Gold to share his top 5 private favorite calls because the voice of Alabama football. Watch and hearken to all 5 performs within the video above together with Gold’s recollections and commentary on each, or learn under. What’s your favorite Eli Gold name?
5. Alabama at Penn State — Oct. 28, 1989
“Bama had led the sport, nevertheless it was a nail-biter down the stretch. And they’d an incredible working again named Blair Thomas. Final collection of the ballgame, and so they handed the ball off…each single time to Blair Thomas. Up the sphere, up the sphere, up the sphere. Bama could not cease him…They gave him one other handoff with about…perhaps 10 seconds left within the ballgame. He will get to the half yard-line, and he’s down…There should not have been three, 4 seconds left within the ballgame. Coach [Joe] Paterno calls time. Here comes their placekicker, a younger man by the identify of Ray Tarasi from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I’ll always remember. He was going to have a chip-shot kick for the game-winning subject purpose. They make it, Penn State wins. If they do not make it, Alabama wins…But it was so near the goal-line, and so they have been lined as much as the close to hash mark relative to the press field, that the angle was horrible…So they arrange for the chip-shot, game-winning subject purpose to crush the Crimson Tide’s hopes, and there is that unmistakable double-thud…The first thud was Tarasi’s meals hitting the football, and the second thud was Thomas Rayam’s arm reaching up and swatting that football out of midair.”
The name: “Blocked! Blocked! Blocked! Unbelievable! Alabama has blocked the sphere purpose! Alabama has blocked the sphere purpose! The Crimson Tide blocked the sphere purpose! Holy cow! Bama wins it, 17-16 on a blocked subject purpose with eight seconds remaining.”
4. Alabama at LSU — Nov. 3, 2012
“A recreation through which Alabama had struggled and struggled and wanted to win. Anytime you go to Baton Rouge, you must win. And after all, down the stretch, the Tide was up towards it. They needed to transfer down the sphere in a rush. And then that little display screen move to the left aspect to TJ Yeldon. And as my coloration man Phil Savage yelled in the course of the play, ‘Make the person miss!’ And certainly, TJ Yeldon did simply that.
The name: “AJ will get the snap. Pressure. Screen, Yeldon. 30, 25…He’s gonna go! He’s gonna go! Touchdown! TJ Yeldon! TJ Yeldon! On a display screen, 28 yards! No flags! Alabama, in what might be one of many epic comebacks in Crimson Tide historical past…”
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3. Alabama vs. Texas — Jan. 7, 2010
“In that recreation, of the various performs that passed off, the good play by Marcell Dareus who picked up that ball on an tried shovel move within the center and ran it again in. For the massive man, did a full 360, did a pirouette on the way in which in, lookin’ like Baryshnikov heading to the goal-line. I keep in mind that was an enormous play, and fortunately we got here up with an excellent name.”
The name: “Garrett Gilbert, the quarterback. Utah shovel move within the center, picked up by Dareus! Marcell Dareus! Dareus to the 15, he spins, to the 5…landing! Touchdown! Marcell Dareus, with flags on the sphere for celebration. But Marcell Dareus picks up a Utah shovel move, does a pirouette, the massive man does at 6′4″, 296, pirouettes at in regards to the 10-yard-line and waltzes in for the landing with three seconds remaining till halftime!”
Bonus: “And then on the finish of the sport, a name that I had mentioned with my producer Tom Stipe about how we may tie every part collectively, the Rose Bowl, and the Crimson Tide and the historical past that I’ve talked about. And the sport ends, and I give the fast recap, after which I stated…”
The name: Twenty-six seconds to go. Bama’s gonna take a knee on the 30-yard line. The victory formation. And that’s going to do it. Twenty seconds remaining…19, 18…15 seconds remaining. Alabama wins its thirteenth nationwide championship! And the roses on this grand previous stadium are as soon as once more crimson!”
2. Alabama vs. Tennessee — Oct. 24, 2009
“I feel the second-most impactful name was in all probability Terrence Cody’s subject purpose block towards the Tennessee Volunteers. It was a kind of performs that — bam! — you did not essentially count on it. Who knew what was going to occur? Lots of people have been down on the mouth as a result of if Tennessee had made that kick, there goes the proper season, there goes a possible SEC title, perhaps there goes an NCAA championship recreation berth. And after all, that particular double-thud, the ball being kicked and the ball hitting the arm of Terrence Cody. That was simply spectacular. And it was a quite simple name.”
The name: “The followers are cheering with that feeling of their abdomen that is exhausting to elucidate. Morgan Cox will snap it, Graham Cannon will maintain, Daniel Lincoln from 45 yards out to win it for the Volunteers. The snap, the spot…The kick is blocked! It is blocked by Alabama! It is blocked by Alabama! The Crimson Tide wins! The Crimson Tide wins! Terrence Cody, for the second time, I imagine, acquired a bit of that one. The Crimson Tide wins! And Bama stays undefeated!”
1. Alabama vs. Georgia — Jan. 8, 2018
(*5*)”I feel similar to all people else, we have been shocked. We have been sitting there with an extended face after the sack had been taken. And Phil Savage chimed in, he stated, ‘What you have to do right here is get a part of the yardage again now and go for a primary down on the subsequent play.’ And I agreed after which right here got here the snap, and bang, it is over.”
The name: “Here’s Tua, stepping again, hundreds up, appears to be like lengthy, throws, finish zone… Touchdown! Alabama! DeVonta Smith! Touchdown Alabama! And the Crimson Tide has as soon as once more ascended to the top of the faculty football mountain. Their fifth nationwide championship in 9 years, their seventeenth general. And for coach Nick Saban, a career sixth nationwide championship, a quantity matched solely by the legendary Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant. Alabama is again because the champion of faculty football. How about that!”
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