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And the Fans Roared: Recapture the Excitement of Great Moments in Sports

And the Fans Roared: Recapture the Excitement of Great Moments in Sports

by Joe Garner, Bob Costas (Narrated by), George Foreman (Foreword by)

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

Heroes Triumphed.
Announcers Went Wild.
And The Fans Roared.
Feel The Thunder Again.

Featuring the riveting stories that bring you back to the moment, acclaimed sports photographs and two audio CDs narrated by award-winning sports journalist Bob Costas, And The Fans Roared delivers more than


New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

Heroes Triumphed.
Announcers Went Wild.
And The Fans Roared.
Feel The Thunder Again.

Featuring the riveting stories that bring you back to the moment, acclaimed sports photographs and two audio CDs narrated by award-winning sports journalist Bob Costas, And The Fans Roared delivers more than forty of the most spine-tingling sports moments ever broadcast.

Joe Garner's bestselling book And The Crowd Goes Wild left sports fans clamoring for more of the thrilling events that brought them to the edge of their seats. And The Fans Roared delivers.

In gripping style, And The Fans Roared highlights announcers' surprised, amazed and awestruck calls from every major sports arena—from baseball, football, basketball and the Olympics, to hockey, auto and horse racing, tennis, boxing, cycling and golf.

Accompanying this book, the two audio CDs highlight the exciting moments that brought us to our feet, when heroes reached for the stars, announcers reached for the words to describe them...and the fans roared!

Relive the most electrifying sports moments ever broadcast, including:

September 29, 1954 — Willie Mays Makes "The Catch"
October 25, 1964 — Jim Marshall Runs the Wrong Way
January 22, 1973 — George Foreman Beats Joe Frazier
"Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!"
February 23, 1980 — Eric Heiden Dominates Winter Olympics
October 7, 1984 — Walter Payton Breaks Career Rushing Record
"Looking for the record...he's got it!"
September 11, 1985 — Pete Rose Smacks Hit No. 4,192
"It is pandemonium here at Riverfront Stadium!"
May 7, 1989 — "The Shot": Michael Jordan Beats Cleveland
March 28, 1992 — Duke Beats Kentucky on Laettner Buzzer-Beater
October 23, 1993 — Joe Carter Homer Wins World Series
August 1, 1996 — Michael Johnson Wins 200 and 400 Gold in Atlanta

Hear each memorable broadcast again—or for the very first time in this New York Times bestseller!

Editorial Reviews

In words, images, and recordings of the actual broadcasts, the 20th century's greatest sports moments come alive in And the Fans Roared, from the same team that produced the bestseller And the Crowd Goes Wild. A sports fan's dream, this follow-up package features a stunning coffee-table book paired with two audio CDs narrated by Bob Costas. The broadcasts capture the electricity of the moment, allowing you to relive the magic, rediscover the joy, revisit the wonder, again and again.

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Down Goes Frazier!:
George Foreman Beats Joe Frazier

January 22, 1973
Disc 1; Track 14

Had Smokin' Joe Frazier been reduced to just smoke and mirrors? That was the question being asked when the world's heavyweight champion arrived in Kingston, Jamaica, to defend his crown against George Foreman, the rising young force in the division.

Just two years earlier, Frazier had been the toast of the boxing world when he had won a brutal fifteen-round decision over Muhammad Ali in a battle of two undefeated fighters that was justifiably billed as the Fight of the Century. But even in victory, Frazier looked like a beaten man. He was taken to a hospital after the fight and remained there a week.

In his two ensuing fights, against Ron Stander and Terry Daniels, Joe Frazier, though victorious, did not look as devastating as he had in the past. Still, he scoffed at those who questioned whether, at age twenty-nine, he had enough left to hold off the twenty-four-year-old Foreman, whose right hand was rapidly becoming the most feared weapon in the heavyweight division. "Down through the years, I been foolin' them all," Frazier said. "They buried me, cremated me, put me back in the ground."

Joe Frazier entered the ring that night with a record of 29—0 with twenty-five knockouts. Foreman's record was 37—0 with thirty-four knockouts. Both men also owned Olympic gold medals in the heavyweight division, Frazier's earned in the 1964 Games, Foreman's in 1968. Oddsmakers were not discouraged by speculation that Frazier was past his prime, making him a 5-1 favorite. But some experts, including sportscaster Howard Cosell, on hand in Jamaica for the blow-by-blow description, were picking Foreman.

But nobody could have envisioned what happened once the opening bell rang. It became immediately obvious that Foreman's advantages in height (6 feet 3 inches to Frazier's 5 feet 11.5 inches) and reach (78.5 inches to Frazier's 73.5 inches) were going to be critical factors. So was Foreman's mindset. Many fighters had been intimidated by Frazier's straight ahead, not-to-be-denied style. His nickname, "Smokin'," came from his tendency to burrow into an opponent and keep smoking until his foe had been consumed. But Foreman knew all about intimidating tactics. This wasn't the jovial, popular salesman and television personality of his later years. This was an angry young man off the mean streets of Houston, Texas, who could fix an evil glare on his opponent. And he fixed it on Frazier, both at the weigh-in and during the pre-fight instructions. Frazier had tried to get to Foreman by telling him, "I'm gonna sit you on the ground, George." But he got no reaction from Foreman, who was saving his reply for the ring.

Frazier came out fast, landing the first punch. He hit Foreman on the chin with a left hook, his trademark shot. There was no reaction from Foreman. Right then, Frazier knew he was in trouble. And he quickly found out how much. A Foreman combination rattled Frazier, and a right uppercut put the champion down.

And at that instant, Cosell forever immortalized this bout with three words, uttered in a screaming fashion three times in a row: "Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!" Many say it was Cosell's finest moment. It was certainly one of Foreman's as well.

Frazier got up immediately from the knockdown only to be put down a second and third time before the first round mercifully ended. Each time, it was a Foreman right hand that did the damage. It was shocking to watch Frazier, the man who had withstood the best Ali had to offer over fifteen rounds, find himself unable to stay on his feet against this young challenger. Defensively, Foreman was using his tall frame and long arms to keep Frazier from getting inside and doing any damage of his own.

Thirty seconds into Round 2, Frazier went down again from a Foreman right hand. "It's target practice for George Foreman," yelled Cosell. Twice more Frazier went down, six times in all after having been down only twice previously in his entire professional career.

Finally, after the sixth knockdown, referee Arthur Mercante signaled that Frazier had had enough. The bout was stopped at the 1:35 mark of Round 2. A crowd of thirty-six thousand in Jamaica's National Stadium had seen the world's heavyweight championship dramatically change hands. "On the first right to the body I landed," Foreman said, "I saw him wince and I knew I was going to win."

Frazier could only shake his head at the beating he had taken. "I knew George Foreman was big and strong," Frazier said, "but I didn't realize he was that strong."

Both Foreman and Frazier would go on to experience crushing losses to Muhammad Ali. George Foreman lost to Ali in Zaire, Africa, in the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle." Joe Frazier was beaten in 1974 in New York, and in 1975 in the Philippines fight labeled the "Thrilla in Manila." Still, as great as those fights were, the Jamaica battle would long be remembered after the particular blows had been forgotten thanks to Cosell's "Down goes Frazier!" Foreman and Frazier fought each other again in 1976, Foreman winning again, this time on a fifth-round knockout.

Joe Frazier retired from boxing for good in March 1981. George Foreman, after a ten-year absence from the ring, again shocked the world by knocking out Michael Moorer in 1994 to regain the heavyweight championship at age forty-five, becoming the oldest man to ever win any boxing title.

Meet the Author

Joe Garner is the New York Times bestselling author of And The Crowd Goes Wild and We Interrupt This Broadcast and is a 20-year veteran of the radio business. His expertise on the media's coverage of major sporting and news events has been featured on Larry King Live, Weekend Today, CNN, CBS Up-to-the-Minute and more than 1,500 radio programs nationwide. Garner's books were also bestsellers in the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and USA Today.

Bob Costas has won twelve Emmy awards—eight as outstanding sports broadcaster, two for writing, one for his late-night interview show Later...with Bob Costas and one for his play-by-play broadcast of the 1997 World Series. He has been named "National Sportscaster of the Year" seven times by his peers. Costas also provided the narration for Joe Garner's bestselling And The Crowd Goes Wild.

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