Oh my! The death announced today of legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg, one of my all-time favorite play-by-play announcers, tested my memory.
I immediately recalled that he was the play-by-play man announcer on the Buffalo Bills' 51-3 win over Oakland in the 1990 AFC title game, which led to the Bills' first Super Bowl appearance.
I Googled it to confirm my memory.
Sure enough, a YouTube video popped up with Enberg calling the game alongside Bill Walsh, who became an analyst after his legendary coaching career.
It took less than two minutes in the Bills' opening touchdown drive to hear Enberg's signature line, "oh, my!" The drive ended with quarterback Jim Kelly hitting receiver James Lofton for a score. And the rout was on.
When I judge the enthusiasm level of play-by-play announcers on my weekly blog about Bills coverage, I always think of Enberg as an example of one of the best — if not the best — I've ever heard in that category.
You might want to watch the 1990 title game today in Enberg's honor and to remember when the Bills were a powerhouse. Enberg announced several Bills playoff games in the glory years of the early 1990s, including two Super Bowls, when NBC had the AFC rights. But this was the most memorable one.
Besides being a great announcer, the sentimental Enberg also was one of my favorite all-time interviews. He was a true gentleman who enjoyed the give and take of an interview and shared his feelings about a variety of topics beyond sports.