(Editor’s Note: The 2021 Montana Football Hall of Fame class was inducted on June 26 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Over the next five weeks, we’ll bring you stories sharing what some of these inductees do in their life after sports.)
BILLINGS – One of the greatest play-by-play voices in all sports grew up here in Billings. Brent Musburger was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2017 and was a member of the 2021 class of the Montana Football Hall of Fame.
“Growing up in Montana and not being an athlete but wanting to stay as close as I did, I was so lucky but never expected to be inducted into the Montana Football Hall of Fame. So it’s a huge honor for an old man like me, ”Musburger told MTN Sports. “To come in with this class of men who have accomplished so much on the football field, I’m just happy I got to ride on a great trip.”
“Looking live!” Is the hallmark of the Hall of Fame, and you’ve probably heard one of Musburger’s famous calls – whether it was Magic Johnson’s 1979 debut, his call “Holy Buckeye” when he won the Ohio State in 2002 on Purdue en route to a national title, or Michael Crabtree’s last-second touchdown for Texas Tech against rival Texas in 2008. But those games don’t quite hold up to a spectacular Boston College victory in November. 1984.
“I’ll never forget Doug Flutie’s touchdown pass the day after Thanksgiving, because everyone had seen the game time and time again. It was against a very powerful Miami Hurricane team, ”said Musburger. “So basically (Flutie) had an open shot on a receiver that was going to run free and he threw it in the end zone and he got caught for a touchdown. . Now, on the call, you will hear me say, “I don’t believe it”, which I did not do. ‘I do not believe it ! Boston College won it! ‘
“Later I told (Flutie) that I didn’t know who caught the ball, but luckily a Boston College graduate pulled the key to the truck and said, ‘Brent, it’s Phelan. Gérard Phelan. (Flutie) laughs and he says, ‘Brent, I didn’t know who caught him.’ I said, ‘Come on, Doug.’ He said, ‘No. I leave the field. I’m in the tunnel and I go to my center, ‘Who caught him?’ And my center says, ‘Doug. He was your roommate. Phelan.
Musburger retired from sports broadcasting on network TV in 2017, but he still does play-by-play for the Las Vegas Raiders. Living in Vegas is a good match for Musburger, who gave subtle hints during matches as to whether punters may have won or lost on what would otherwise appear to be late, insignificant points scored in the game. , while running VSIN, Vegas Stats and Information Network.
“I always knew it was going to grow. I didn’t know it was going to explode like it did. I always thought it was hypocritical of the leagues to ignore it, because I knew, especially professionally, how much it was being done and how much money was going illegally to offshore sites. So when the Supreme Court makes it legal in the state of New Jersey, that’s what it should have done, ”Musburger said. “Now at least New Jersey will be able to generate tax revenue through the legalization of sports betting. Now we have 14, 15 other states, and it’s going to grow. I’ll be surprised if a state hasn’t legalized sports betting in one form or another. “
When VSIN started, sports betting had not yet been legalized in Montana. Now over a year old, Musburger sees it as a flawed system for punters.
“To be completely honest, they have to improve it. I looked at some of the vigor, juice, tax whatever you want to call it, and it’s not good. They should be run by a professional sports company and not by their lottery system. It won’t work when you have this kind of vig. You have to give the players a decent chance, “Musburger said.” Now in the long run there will be very few people which is my warning especially the young people you may think you are smart but be careful. They are professional mathematicians. They have computers on their side.
Maybe Musburger can pull strings with his friends in Vegas.