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"When you don't have the résumé of a Hall of Famer, you have to pay your dues a little differently," says Mayock, 53. "I've had to do games with a different play-by-play guy or producer each week [in the past], but it made me a better communicator and it gave me a better understanding of the television production of football. Really, I would not have had it any other way."
32 A Gus of Wind
When CBS and Gus Johnson parted ways in May, many were dismayed that the howling voice of so many NCAA tournament buzzer beaters would be off the air. Gushing Gus fans are thankful that Fox stepped in, handing him the reins for its college football Game of the Week. And while Johnson remains most well-known for his end-of-game exuberance (his calling of the Big Ten football championship's final seconds was frat-tacularly epic), he has also provided concise play-by-play and insightful commentary during Big 12 and Pac 12 clashes. Johnson won't be heard in March this year, but he has signed on for 30 Big Ten Network basketball games, and that's some-thing to scream about.
33 Living the Dream
How's this for a sports fantasy crazier even than the Cubs' winning a World Series. In April 2010, Andrew Belleson was making gyros at his family's hot-dog stand. And this April? The deep-throated 24-year-old from Lombard, Ill., was announcing Starlin Castro's name at one of the nation's sporting shrines, having beaten out 2,953 applicants to become Wrigley Field's new full-time announcer. "My first year was nothing short of unbelievable," says the lifetime Cubs fan who did radio and P.A. work for the minor league Rockford RiverHawks as a teen. With the last Wrigley announcer (Paul Friedman) having lasted 16 years, this long shot is hoping for a long run in Chicago. Says Belleson (left), "It really is the best job in the world."
34 Caricature Study
Puerto Rican--born illustrator Wilfred Santiago dazzled with his drawings of Robert Clemente in 21, his graphic-novel-style bio of the late Pirates star. SI asked Santiago to summarize the year in sports media and, naturally, his reply came in cartoon form.