Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/2/12

Imagine, for a moment, that Al Michaels was not in the broadcast booth in Lake Placid in 1980. That Howard Cosell was not ringside when the champ unexpectedly tumbled to the mat. That Johnny Most was not courtside for the most famous steal in Celtics history. What would we think of those moments -- iconic moments all -- without the soundtracks that accompany them? A lot can go into determining what makes a sports call "great." The moment, clearly, has to have some kind of import. The phrases can't be cliches. The excitement has to be real. And yet, for...

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