The Gist: Sportscaster Al Michaels on the first Super Bowl and the “Miracle on Ice” at the 1980 Winter Olympics.

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Dec. 29 2014 7:46 PM

Al Michaels Has the Call

One of the most familiar voices in sports made his bones in Hawaii, then made a name for himself with the “Miracle on Ice.”

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Al Michaels is the author of You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo from You Can't Make This Up

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Plus, play-by-play master Al Michaels has called some of the biggest moments in sports, including the “Miracle on Ice” at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. He tells us about that famous game, how he learned his craft in Hawaii, and his father’s role in shaping the modern NFL. Michaels’ new book is You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.