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