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Seattle Will Mark Marv Albert’s 100th Jets Game

Posted by Randy Lange on November 8, 2012 – 5:51 pm

Updated, 7:30 p.m. ET

Sunday in Seattle, Marv Albert will turn 100.

How’s that again?

No, Albert, the legendary announcer of NBA, NHL and NFL games in New York and around the country, is not celebrating his 100th birthday. But he will be calling his 100th Jets game on network television when the Green & White take on the Seahawks.

“Great. Now it becomes an emotional game for me,” Albert told me by phone from Portland with his trademark sardonic wit.

In reality, Albert didn’t know that he’d done 99 Jets games over the years, but it’s true. The man who many in the New York area of a certain age remember as the Knicks and Rangers play-by-play man as they were growing up and has become known as “The Voice of Basketball” for his extensive NBA work, also has a long career as one of the NFL’s stable of game announcers. My TV records before ’65 are spotty but Marv may be only the third announcer to call 100 Jets games, joining Curt Gowdy and Charlie Jones in that exclusive club.

“I go back as a kid listening to the Titans. I remember listening to Bob Murphy and Merle Harmon during the Harry Wismer era, which was rather unorthodox,” Marv reminisced about the first owner of the AFL franchise that grew into the Jets.

“Over the years, the memories that stand out to me are the success of the Sack Exchange and that particular era. What a great team that was to cover for me. Those teams reminded me of the Knicks of the Seventies and the Islanders of the Eighties. Not only were they a good team but they were terrific to talk to, just a great group.”

Some memorable Jets games he worked were the 1994 Dan Marino “fake spike” game against Miami and the ’92 game vs. Kansas City in which Dennis Byrd suffered his paralyzing injury. He also called three Jets playoff games, including the winning home effort over the Chiefs in ’86.

But before Albert got to Klecko, Gastineau, Lyons, Salaam, Kenny O’Brien, Wesley Walker, Byrd and the rest, he began calling Jets games in the somber late Seventies. He started out on NBC in 1977 and his first Jets game was in fact the ’77 season opener against the Oilers in the Astrodome, “a terrible place to do TV.” His partner that day — and in fact the partner with whom he called the most Jets games over the years, 28 in all — was Paul Maguire.

He also worked the Jets with other NFL names such as Len Dawson, John Brodie, Bob Griese, Cris Collinsworth, Bob Trumpy, Randy Cross, Sam Wyche and former Jets kicker Jim Turner.

“The networks finally got wise to keeping the same people together,” Marv recalled. “Early on, they would switch people around, switch producers, which was not good if you wanted to get accustomed to your partner.

Albert was paired with Joe Namath — “a real kick for me,” Marv said — for nine Jets games in 1987-88. His Parcells period — “Bill was a lot of fun” — was for five games in 1991-92. His last Jets game for NBC was Game 2 in 1997 with Cross. The AFC franchise was picked up by CBS in ’98 and although he worked the occasional Jets Monday night game on Westwood One Radio from 2002-09, he didn’t work the NFL on CBS until last season, when he was teamed up with Rich Gannon. Marv and Rich will be doing their fifth Jets game together on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

“I love working with Rich. In terms of breaking down an offense, he’s worked with so many quarterbacks and even spent some time with Mark Sanchez a couple of years ago,” Albert said. “He has such a great feel and his remarks, which we’ll get into Sunday about Sanchez and Tim Tebow and what’s going on there are right on target.

“But what’s great is he’s so passionate in terms of he just loves sitting down with the coaches and the offense. Before each game we usually sit down with the head coach, the offensive and defensive coordinators, the quarterback and maybe one other player. And they’re asking Rich questions. That used to happen with Bill Parcells a lot. And I find that happens with Rich. He’s so respected around the league.”

As for what Marv sees for him, Gannon, the Jets and their fans on Sunday, he said, “The strange thing is they can still make the playoffs. But I think it’s a tough game Sunday with that crowd, and it’s a game the Jets have to win. It’s so hard if they don’t win here.”

And, Albert admitted, “From a TV point of view, we wouldn’t mind seeing Tebow.”

Injury Watch

Some good news on the Jets’ injury front was second-year DT Kenrick Ellis doing limited work during team drills. It’s the first practice Ellis has been able to work even on a limited basis since hurting his knee against Houston on Oct. 8.  Injury report update: TE Jeff Cumberland (wrist) was full-go for the first time in two weeks. DT Damon Harrison (thumb) was added to the list as fully practicing. S LaRon Landry (heel) as usual was listed as limited after being full-go Wednesday and likely full on Friday.

The Seahawks had some good and bad to report. The good: WR Braylon Edwards (knee) was limited today after not practicing Wednesday. The bad: CB Richard Sherman (illness) and DE Greg Scruggs (oblique) were added today as DNPs. RB Marshawn Lynch (back/wrist) also was another of the ‘Hawks’ now eight DNPs, sitting out his second practice this week.

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13 Responses to “Seattle Will Mark Marv Albert’s 100th Jets Game”

  1. By Eli Rodriguez AKA (RUSS BALL 4 GM) on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply


  2. By scjoe on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    On Cro’s guarantee the Jets make the playoff’s? I am OK with that, and I think every Jet fan should be OK with it. Consider the alternative, what if he went out and said this season is over, There is no way we make the playoff’s? I said it before and I will say it again, 8-8 can make the playoff’s this year. The Jets need 5 of the last 8 to get there, they have at least 6 that are “winnable” Let’s see what they got. Let’s see if anyone packs it in.

  3. By Tom on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, Have I really been a Jets fan that long with only 1 (ONE) Superbowl to show for it…and that was when I was 12 years old?
    Wow thanks for starting my day off on the wrong foot

  4. By since shea on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Since we are off (Jets) topic, congrats to Marv. As for the storm ravaged metropolitan area, our hearts go to those who are not just inconvenienced like me without power for 10 days, but to those who lost homes, possessions and, worse, life. The Red Cross has been busy fund raising BUT WHERE ARE THEY ON THE GROUND?? There are no tents, trucks, people or comfort stations handing out food, water and clothing. The Natl Guard and Fema are seen but NOT THE RED CROSS! I did not see them in the 5 Jersey shore towns I went to. I did not see them on Staten Island between south and midland beaches where homes were destroyed. Not sure about Breezy Point in Rockaway however, you NEVER see them in any of the video feeds from the news. Sad.

  5. By since shea on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    As for our Jets, I fear we will never get to the competitive consistency of the Steelers, Pats, NYG, etc until we get a football person to run the franchise. Gruden would be great not to coach but to call the shots. Woody is running a business. Press, Ticket and Mercandise sales, profitability etc are business related activities. But Woody must not call football shots like insisting on the likes of a Brett Farve or a Tebow. Elway’s job is to get the Broncos to win. A Gruden must do likewise without Woody interference. T bringing in a Sparano was stupid. But was that payback to Parcells? Dont blame Rex. He may bark too much but he was saddled with some stupid personell decisions. And poor Tebow. Nice kid, was a rockstar. Now, he’s irrelevant

  6. By Tom Spicer on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    SCJoe, The point in the prior post I was looking to make was. We have a good secondary, a decent d line, a decent o line & now i see decent weapons in the passing game in Holmes, Keller, Kerley (who has really stepped up thie year) & hopefully soon Hill. The problem is we are weakest at the most important position QB, pass rusher & RB. We are okay every where else but where it matters most Sanchez, Greene & no pass rush we are bottom of the barrel.

  7. By scjoe on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Since Shea, re: Sandy, my 2 brothers in LI had their houses flooded, both just recently got power back but can’t turn it on until it is inspected. It was/is a nightmare, but both, like me, understand what the real problem is, it is the overwhelming number of people who were effected by this storm, it dwarfs the amount of people in N.O ten fold. It borders on impossible to get the needed services out in a reasonable amount of time to all that were effected. I understand that is of little consolation to those effected, but that is the reality of the situation. Good luck to all, especially those on LI, SI, and the Jersey shore.

  8. By scjoe on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Spicer, the key word in your post above is “decent” I would agree parts of the team are “decent” unfortunately, “decent” will not win you any championships, “decent” may not even get you in to the tournament. That is why I believe this team is a little more then 2 or 3 players away, UNLESS, those 2 or 3 players were at the most critical spots, and that those 2 or 3 players are of “elite” status. Kind of like Peyton was in Indy, a one man army. Agree?

  9. By Mike Jet Vet on Nov 10, 2012 | Reply

    Scjoe, hope you’re right, I’m taking the wait and see attitude, every time some one on this team runs his mouth, we get steamed rolled. this team lacks what I haven’t heard from any one here yet, ” intestinal fortitude” that’s makes a whole lotta difference in any game situation, especially against west coast teams. we’re batting about 30 % on the high side, so if we don’t get up by 20 fast i’m afraid mark throwing against 4 DB’s hovering between 6-1 to 6-4 equals 2-3 INT’s . Lets not forget very good D-Line and LB’s Equals maybe 2-3 fumbles if history tells us anything

  10. By Tom on Nov 10, 2012 | Reply

    SCJoe hit the nail squarely. You can’t go far without an elite at at least one of those positions, especially QB and/or RB. The “D” is definitely good enough to win if the offense does it’s job. I like Mark but I think we are beginning to see a loss of confidence in the overall mindset of the rest of the team in his ability to get the job done. If it’s not already an issue it certaintly will be after this season if things don’t turn around

  11. By Tom on Nov 10, 2012 | Reply

    opps sorry it was Tom Spicer’s post I was aggreeing with

  12. By GaryC on Nov 10, 2012 | Reply

    That will be a top priority come next year,a all around back,and I won’t bring up McKnight either until he proves he can take a beating and keep on ticking.

  13. By AZ JET Fan on Nov 11, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats to Marv, a great New York broadcaster.

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