Ted Johnson has been a radio and television sports play-by-play man for more than three decades. He's done Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NFL, college football and basketball, the Olympics, tennis and golf. He's been the San Francisco 49ers radio play-by-play voice the past four seasons.
Johnson also has called nearly 200 NCAA Tournament games. Bryce Drew's buzzer-beater that lifted Valparaiso past Mississippi 15 years ago in Oklahoma City tops the list.
“Bryce Drew's shot is absolutely the No. 1 moment I've ever witnessed in March Madness,” said Johnson, who called the game for CBS. “It wasn't just the drama of the full-court pass that set up the game-winning shot but Bryce Drew's story. It's real life Hoosiers.
“He was a highly recruited player who turned down offers from bigger schools to play for his dad. To put them on the map, help them do something they had never done before, beating a No. 4 seed, what a great story.”
“The inbound pass will be thrown by Jamie Sykes. Carter is pressuring ... It's to Jenkins, to Drew, for the win! GOOD! HE DID IT! BRYCE DREW DID IT! Valpo has won the game! A miracle ... An absolute miracle!”
A Notre Dame graduate, Johnson actually began his broadcasting career in Oklahoma City in 1978 calling Stars hockey games for one season.
Johnson, 55, has called radio and TV games for the San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins, Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Bobcats in addition to 13 years broadcasting Stanford and Notre Dame football and basketball.
Valpo's amazing play will always be special.
“It wasn't the best game I've seen but it's the single-best moment I've witnessed in the NCAA Tournament,” Johnson said. “It was everything about that play. Jamie Sykes, a baseball player, threw the perfect pass. Bill Jenkins got it to Drew. What an amazing moment.”
By Mike Baldwin