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2008-06-07 11:00:39 AM  
Saturday evenings in the 70s were often spent on the couch with my dad watching WWoS or every 4 years the Olympics. He made it as real as it could get watching a 15" b&w screen.

Thanks for the memories Jim.
 
2008-06-07 11:03:23 AM  
hey, it's on wikipedia! someone just go on and say he's still alive. that will work, right?
 
2008-06-07 11:03:44 AM  
Link (new window)
In case anyone doubts wiki
 
2008-06-07 11:04:03 AM  
The Olympics and Jim McKay were fantastic. Good night, Jim.
 
2008-06-07 11:04:14 AM  
"When I was a kid my father used to say our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized. Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They have now said there were eleven hostages; two were killed in their rooms yesterday morning, nine were killed at the airport tonight. They're all gone."


If you haven't seen the film Munich, you should rent it. It's pretty good, so to speak.

 
2008-06-07 11:04:57 AM  
Godspeed sportsman
 
2008-06-07 11:06:37 AM  
surprised to see me again jimmy boy ?

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2008-06-07 11:06:56 AM  
Good god, I get the chills whenever I see the clip of McKay announcing the death of the Munich hostages.

Old enough to remember watching this with my dad every Saturday:

Wide World of Sports intro (new window)

/dad used to drink Tuborg, a holdover from his days sailing for the Dutch.
 
2008-06-07 11:10:38 AM  
Thanks for the memories, Jim.
 
2008-06-07 11:12:27 AM  
Our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized.

Our worst fears have been realized today.

/sign off, sportsman
 
2008-06-07 11:14:14 AM  
Anyone who grew up in the 70's and watched either Wide World of Sports or the Indianapolis 500 just lost a part of their childhood.

So long, Jim. And thanks.
 
2008-06-07 11:14:59 AM  
ctobio: Good god, I get the chills whenever I see the clip of McKay announcing the death of the Munich hostages.

Old enough to remember watching this with my dad every Saturday:

Wide World of Sports intro (new window)

/dad used to drink Tuborg, a holdover from his days sailing for the Dutch.


Thanks for the link.

He was a GIANT in his field.
 
2008-06-07 11:16:16 AM  
He was before my time, but he lived up to the bar he set when he announced so eloquently what happened in Munich.
 
2008-06-07 11:16:23 AM  
fred and steve's steakhouse: surprised to see me again jimmy boy ?

If there is a heaven, and there is a hell, I am pretty sure those two didn't end up in the same place, regardless of who was right on the religion front.
 
2008-06-07 11:17:01 AM  
I thought it would be the skier who crashes
/watched WWoS every week
//how I got started watching racing
 
2008-06-07 11:18:32 AM  
HulkHands: He was before my time, but he lived up to the bar he set when he announced so eloquently what happened in Munich.

Howard Cosell had a fit that he didn't get to be the voice of the Munich tragedy.
 
2008-06-07 11:18:41 AM  
OtherLittleGuy 2008-06-07 11:12:27 AM
Our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized.

Our worst fears have been realized today.


What else is there to say? Thread over. Very sadly...
 
2008-06-07 11:18:48 AM  
Jim McKay and Jackie Stewart hosting the Monaco Grand Prix.
The 72 Olympics.
Wow, so many.

Thanks, Jim.
 
2008-06-07 11:24:26 AM  
Norad: Anyone who grew up in the 70's and watched either Wide World of Sports or the Indianapolis 500 just lost a part of their childhood.

Right here.

Man oh man...All of these people from my childhood passing at an ever increasing pace. Puts a perspective on things that I'm not used to.
 
2008-06-07 11:27:46 AM  
Hmm. And here I thought this was the thread about Hillary's speech today.

My bad. Goodnight funnyman.
 
2008-06-07 11:30:36 AM  
I worked with him and his son Sean at ABC in the middle and late 70's while I was in college. Compared to Bill Fleming who was the biggest asshole to ever work on television and Howard Cosell, he was a prince. A life well lived.
 
2008-06-07 11:32:52 AM  
Meet Vinko Bogataj:
The Agony of Defeat

/Thanks for the memories, Jim
//Godspeed
 
2008-06-07 11:33:30 AM  
aar0on
I know getting picked last for sports or games that you sucked at must have been terrible for you as a kid, but you really need to get over it.
 
2008-06-07 11:33:47 AM  
Truly a sad day. Fond rememberances of watching WWoS with my father in the late 70's/early 80's.

Mods - any way we can tweak the system so anyone under 35 CANNOT post in this thread? If only...


//The human drama of athletic competition...
 
2008-06-07 11:34:01 AM  
Dancin_In_Anson: Norad: Anyone who grew up in the 70's and watched either Wide World of Sports or the Indianapolis 500 just lost a part of their childhood.

Right here.

Man oh man...All of these people from my childhood passing at an ever increasing pace. Puts a perspective on things that I'm not used to.


Yeah, that and seeing people like Leon Russell or Levon Helm play nowadays, or catching Jools Holland on that show of his. I'd better start getting at some of those things I've always wanted to do.
 
2008-06-07 11:36:10 AM  
He's gone.. He's all gone.

RIP
 
2008-06-07 11:40:49 AM  
You know, aar0on, there are plenty of other threads on the main page and in the other tabs that you could have commented in. Instead, you showed yourself for what you are, which is an utter and total douche.

/I award you no points, and may god have mercy on your soul
//Rest in peace, Jim
 
2008-06-07 11:42:06 AM  
Dang. I wanted to be the one to get to edit his death. Scottmsg must have some kind of bot that gets the death updated faster.

See ya later. I've got Ed McMahon and Amy Winehouse's bios pulled up for edit right now and I'm poised to click SAVE as soon as I hear either one dies.
 
2008-06-07 11:44:02 AM  
ctobio: Good god, I get the chills whenever I see the clip of McKay announcing the death of the Munich hostages.

Old enough to remember watching this with my dad every Saturday:

Wide World of Sports intro (new window)

/dad used to drink Tuborg, a holdover from his days sailing for the Dutch.


Thanks for posting that ctobio. The only part of that I remembered from my childhood was the dude wrecking on the ski jump, but it's what immediately came to mind when I started reading this thread.

/geting old sucks.
 
2008-06-07 11:44:23 AM  
aar0on: twit

fixed.
 
2008-06-07 11:45:31 AM  
1. aar0on, you are a douche.
2. Wise_Guy: that's the first thing I thought.
3. McKay was one of the few sportscasters who transcended sports
4. Subby: Wikipedia? Come on. Couldn't we all have waited 20 minutes for a decent link? i.e.,
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=3430672
 
2008-06-07 11:45:36 AM  
Too young to have seen the show, but I saw McKay on one of the WWoS episodes on Cheap Seats.

/Part 3, Antique car racing.
 
2008-06-07 11:48:05 AM  
Not a clue who he is. Wikipedia is saying he's a child molestor right now? This true?
 
2008-06-07 11:48:22 AM  
Link (new window)

Necessary to hear today.
 
2008-06-07 11:49:37 AM  
Jim McKay was a true professional at his job. He didn't need a schtick like everybody these days. Could you imagine Chris Berman, or worse, Stuart Scott trying to cover the Munich Tragedy?

/RIP
 
2008-06-07 11:50:37 AM  
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Still kicking.
 
2008-06-07 11:50:51 AM  
JKrow21: Not a clue who he is. Wikipedia is saying he's a child molestor right now? This true?

No it isn't. I noticed it too, not long before it's gone. Wiki is usually good about that stuff.
 
2008-06-07 11:51:27 AM  
June has been brutal to my childhood. So many legends gone.

Dancin_In_Anson:
Man oh man...All of these people from my childhood passing at an ever increasing pace. Puts a perspective on things that I'm not used to.

Indeed. I'm afraid that it only gets worse from here - I'm not sure how to cope with that thought, so I'll just file it away in the far reaches of my mind.

aar0on: blah blah bitterness blah
I'm not the greatest sports fan myself, but he was wonderful. WWoS was always a household event, because it had so much variety, and he always made it interesting. It was good to have something to look forward to when we only had 4 channels. :) Even in today's million-channel world, he would have come out on top.
 
2008-06-07 11:52:46 AM  
JKrow21: Not a clue who he is. Wikipedia is saying he's a child molestor right now? This true?

I saw that and actually logged into my Wiki account to gnome that out of existence when somebody did it for me. Bastards, and thank you, whoever you are.
 
2008-06-07 11:53:03 AM  
ESPN was just giving the whole tribute package for him, which struck me as brutally ironic, because they're probably the ones who've done the most to trash his style of sports journalism. I mean, just a few minutes before that, there was Screamin' A. Smith, making the story of the NBA Finals just an excuse to yell out his douchey catch phrases. And is there more of an anti-McKay than the ultimate ESPN douche, Chris Berman?

Good night, Jim. Looks like you were the last of your kind, and now you're all gone too.
 
2008-06-07 11:53:08 AM  
I was watching the event with the agony of defeat skier before they used it for the promo, and it was weird cause that guy was alright but another guy landed the jump then ski a few feet and fall and he was carried away on with a broken or maybe strained neck. It was about 2 weeks later they made that promo and i thought hey i just seen that guy, and the rest is history.
 
2008-06-07 11:54:15 AM  
Firget sports -McKay (real name, Jim McManus) was a great BROADCASTER, period. He hosted, among other things, a small variety show (The Real McKay, of course), the CBS daytime courtroom show, "The Verdict is Yours", and pretty much defined the role of Olympics host. Of course, he'll always be remembered for running things during the Olympic hostage crisis of Munich, and did as well as any news anchor could have done.

It's interesting, I was just listening to Jim Nantz on Bob and Tom this week plugging his book about his father, who has been fighting Alzheimer's for 13 years. Nantz said he got his love for sports from his father, and the same attitude - neither one cares about stats and wins and losses so much as the stories behind the people, which Nantz said was done the best by McKay in all those years of traveling for "Wide World of Sports."

The timing is ironic, too - McKay loved horse racing, owned horses and worked the Triple Crown races for ABC even after he'd retired from just about everything else. I'm sure he would have liked to hung on for another day to see if Big Brown could win the Triple Crown.
 
2008-06-07 11:54:23 AM  
Otto_E_Rodika: Meet Vinko Bogataj:
The Agony of Defeat

/Thanks for the memories, Jim
//Godspeed



"Every time I'm on ABC, I crash."

-Vinko Bogataj, having suffered a minor car accident in a hotel parking lot while on his way to be interviewed by ABC's Terry Gannon.


At least he was good humored about it.

RIP Jim
 
2008-06-07 11:55:21 AM  
I wasn't around yet for the '72 Olympics, but i whiled away many a childhood Saturday afternoon watching WWoS...Truly, Jim was a voice recognized instantly by anyone of my generation.

Goodnight, sports man.
 
2008-06-07 11:55:54 AM  
Dear God,

We know wherever these celebrities go, please know that these were good people on earth and they loved what they could do best. Thank you for letting us have Jim Mckay on Wide World of Sports. Please feel free to talk to us when we pray to you.

-Allegedman
 
2008-06-07 11:56:01 AM  
There was an awesome special on HBO or Cinemax not too long ago about his career and was narrarated by him. Although death is a part of life it still sucks. The president of ESPN/ABC sports pretty much called him the father of television sports broadcasting. Check ESPN, they are playing clips from that special.
RIP JIM
 
2008-06-07 11:56:10 AM  
McKay just reported the sports, never tried to be bigger than the event or athletes he was reporting on. Not like the many of the over the top announcers that try to make a name for themselves today.
 
2008-06-07 11:57:27 AM  
Dwreck: Wiki is usually good about that stuff.

It's wikipedia, so it must be true.
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2008-06-07 11:57:37 AM  
Why isn't the Jim McKay Munich clip on the internet?

It's iconic, where is it?
 
2008-06-07 11:58:51 AM  
"London Fark Party"?
 
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