Why we'll miss Johnny Miller

Alex Myers discusses Johnny Miller (sadly) stepping down from the TV booth, his lasting catchphrases, and why the two-time major champ is also a fashion icon.

Released on 10/18/2018

Transcript

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So, Johnny Miller's hanging up his headset
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after nearly three decades in the booth for NBC.
00:05
It's a sad time for golf fans everywhere.
00:07
But one we probably should have sensed was coming
00:09
when he cried of Keegan Bradley
00:10
winning the BMW Championship.
00:12
He knew he was coming to the end of the road.
00:14
I was actually the first person
00:16
to get Johnny to confirm his retirement.
00:18
And while it was thrilling
00:19
to see my all-time favorite sports announcer
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pop up on my caller ID, it was also deflating,
00:23
knowing a guy I have enjoyed listening to my entire life
00:25
will no longer be on the air.
00:28
Did he talk about pressure too much?
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Perhaps.
00:30
Did he talk about winning
00:31
the 1973 US Open at Oakmont too much?
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Probably.
00:35
But Miller was the rare commentator
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who fans would tune in just to hear.
00:39
This is the man who made phrases like, chunk and run,
00:42
flip wedge, double cross, and trap draw
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part of the golf lexicon.
00:46
This two time major champ dared to introduce the word
00:49
choke into golf telecast.
00:51
And he even claimed to have started
00:52
the white belt trend on tour.
00:54
Although, might want to keep that last one
00:56
on the DL these days.
00:58
Those things are kind of important.
01:00
Speaking of style, could it possibly be a coincidence
01:02
that this former Sears wearing star
01:04
called it quits on the same day
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that Sears declared bankruptcy?
01:10
Actually, it's definitely just a coincidence,
01:12
but still, pretty crazy.
01:14
By the way, when you have some free time,
01:16
you should google Johnny Miller and Sears.
01:18
Let's just say his outfits were way bolder
01:21
than anything he's ever said in the booth.
01:23
So why leave now?
01:25
Well, the man is 71, and he nearly has as many grandkids,
01:29
24, as he does PGA tour titles.
01:31
At least we'll have one more chance to hear him
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at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
01:36
Most of the sports world will be pumped up
01:37
for the Super Bowl that weekend.
01:39
But I'll be most excited to hear Miller
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talk about things like grain and fall lines one final time.
01:44
Better clear some space on the DVR
01:47
for that Sunday broadcast,
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unless you're comfortable crying in front of your friends
01:51
at a Super Bowl party.
01:52
It's gonna get dusty in that 18th tower.
01:55
And if Paul Azinger's Johnny's replacement,
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he's got pretty big shoes to fill.
01:59
Actually, Johnny usually doesn't wear shoes in the booth
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because he's got compartment syndrome in his legs,
02:04
but you get the point.
02:06
Miller told me that when it comes to being on TV,
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he was untaught, and did it his way,
02:12
comparing his unfiltered analysis style to Charles Barkley,
02:16
minus their pronunciation of the word terrible, of course.
02:20
Miller also said that after 50 years combined
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as a pro golfer and announcer, it's been a good run.
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It sure has.
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So thanks for the memories, Johnny,
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and I hope retirement is a never ending green-light special.
02:34
(upbeat music)
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