When I was a youngster watching TV sports, Curt Gowdy was a nationally-known celebrity, NBC’s star announcer for baseball, football and men’s college basketball. When ABC’s Roone Arledge tried to hire Gowdy as the Monday Night Football play-by-play man, Gowdy’s boss Carl Lindemann (the President of NBC Sports) blew up and threatened to sue Gowdy for breach of contract. For the rest of his career, Gowdy stayed with NBC (though he was allowed to host the “American Sportsman” for ABC).
Now, another Gowdy is poised to become nationally-known — Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. Rep. Gowdy (no relation to Curt) has been named by House Speaker John Boehner to head up a select committee to investigate the Benghazi disaster. The selection of Gowdy, a former prosecutor, indicates that the Republicans are finally getting serious about holding the Obama administration accountable for the 9/11/12 Benghazi disaster and the cover-up that followed.
Back to Curt for a minute. During the Saturday December 25, 1971 double-overtime AFC playoff game between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs on NBC, Gowdy coined the phrase “sudden victory,” as opposed to “sudden death” overtime. Gowdy later said he was concerned that because of the Vietnam War, “sudden death” sounded too morbid to a war-weary viewing audience. At the time Curt worked for NBC, its news division pursued the Watergate investigation with great zeal, starting in 1973 with the Senate Watergate hearings.
With Trey Gowdy now poised to investigate Benghazi, perhaps the American people — and the families and friends of Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith — finally might achieve their own form of “sudden victory,” called closure.