His distinctive voice has been telling it like it is, play by play, for more than 30 years. And it’s so good that he’s the only sportscaster to have worked the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals. He also did a little something called “The Miracle on Ice.” This weekend, Al Michaels will be talking fans through Vikings-Bears on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. But first the living legend schools us on sounding good, achieving success and singing Katy Perry. No, really.
MADE MAN: You have a great voice. Any tips for guys on how to sound authoritative?
AL MICHAELS: I would say, know what you are talking about. If you have your facts straight, it’s easy to sound authoritative. And trust me, I am not trying to sound like anyone, not even Alan Alda. And he’s not trying to sound like me! I’m just being me.
MM: Cris Collinsworth says you sing Katy Perry songs during the breaks. Could you do a couple verses of “I Kissed a Girl”?
AM: Well, I actually started with Jay and the Americans, and then I worked up to Grand Funk Railroad. And “You’re hot and you’re cold, you’re in and you’re out, you’re up and you’re down. We fight, we break up, we kiss, we make up.” That will be $50 please!
MM: At the end of a game, what’s your drink of choice?
AM: Diet Dr. Pepper.
MM: Who you got for the Super Bowl this year?
AM: Are you kidding me? I haven’t had a winner since 1943, before I was born! I like all the teams, I can’t pick one.
MM: NBC recently canceled the Playboy Club. Ever been to the mansion?
AM: I have never been! What really flips me off is, I have been the Playboy interview, and I always heard, “Well, if you do the Playboy interview, you get invited to the Playboy Mansion.” No. And I live in Brentwood, so I can be there in 10 minutes! I was never the type of kid who could get me an invitation. I was the type who sneaked into Hollywood Park. And at this age, I day trade. So now you get a little bit of what I’m about. I did go to the club in London once, because they had a casino.
MM: With all the success you have had, what’s your advice for guys who want to get ahead?
AM: You just have to stick with it. Nothing is easy. Put the work in. Of course, you need breaks along the way, but you never know when they are going to come. So you always have to be prepared to jump on them.
MM: Any parting words of wisdom?
AM: You just have to have confidence!