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A true legend

Posted on: December 24, 2009 12:52 pm
If you grew up in the Washington, D.C. area there was basically one person you watched for your sports news: George Michael.

Michael would become a national sensation but those of us growing up within the Channel 4 broadcast area appreciated him the most. His coverage of DC teams was unsurpassed and he gave a number of journalists who'd also go on to national fame their television start.

He was blunt and informative, calm and endearing, smart and opinionated. Michael became as recognizable in the D.C. area as the athletes he covered.

He was also incredibly nice. Whenever I saw Michael at a Redskins game, he'd ask how I was doing and wished me well. He was a class act.

Michael's show started out small but his charm and energy turned it into a show that would eventually reach hundreds of markets around the country. In some ways, early on at least, he did ESPN better than ESPN and with a fraction of the resources.

Michael died Thursday morning and he'll be missed by numerous sports fans but mostly by those of us who first saw Michael and got to know him long before he became a national star.

Category: NFL
Tags: Redskins

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2009 1:57 pm

A true legend

RIP George I grew up watching the sports machine it was a great show you will be missed!

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2009 7:58 pm

A true legend

I used to look foward to the George Michael Sports Machine so much every weekend. I remember in 1988 before my family had cable they showed highlights of all the staurday baseball games. Walt Weiss in his rookie year in 1988 hitting a grand slam in detroit batting lefty. for some reason a vivid memory. I am not even an A's fan. lol. juts one of those things.u know u are getting old (33) when your favorites from growing up start to die. Brittney Murphy included. 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2009 7:36 pm

A true legend

Freeman, I rarely agree with you. But, today you are totally on target. Growing up in DC and listening to George Michaels and Jim Vance talk about a sport highlight or watch him do the Wednesday night Pro Wrestling highlight was truly a treat for any sports lover. He would show you Ric Flair followed by John McEnroe and follow that with the Bullets. If sports are shown in heaven, George Michael has the new sports anchor. Woooo

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2009 7:26 pm

A true legend

I too, grew up outside of DC and remember those Sunday nights on Channel 4 after the 11 o'clock news.  George Michael was my only source of sports news on TV.  Back when the Sports Machine started, cable was considered a luxury and my mom couldn't afford cable, so ESPN was not an option.  I remember George Michael pressing those big buttons that started the prop reel video tape, instantly showing the day's biggest highlights.  Although I'm not into NASCAR, I do remember George Michael giving a lot of coverage to NASCAR, years before NASCAR became a mainstream sport.

Thanks George and Rest in Peace!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2009 5:02 pm

A true legend

Amen, Freeman. Great tribute to him.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2009 2:27 pm

A true legend

I had the pleasure of growing up in the DC area and was fortunate to have Michael as my sportscaster for 28 years. It was quite a ride. Most sportscasters get like five or six minutes.... George Michael got ten to eleven minutes. He was that powerful. Man, the George Michael Sports Machine was *the* sports highlight show. I used to beg to stay up late on Sunday nights to watch it. He was Sportscenter long before most of us new what ESPN was. RIP George. 

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2009 12:56 pm

A true legend

RIP George...

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