Have you been lucky to experience this in sportscasting?

Do you remember the iconic video of Michael Jordan versus Portland in the NBA Finals? He couldn’t miss a shot. After drilling yet another bucket, he retreated to the defensive end of the floor with his palms up to the ceiling and a look of bemusement on his face as if to say, “This is even amazing by my standards. I can’t believe it either!”

MJ was in the zone.
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As a sportscaster, have you ever been in the zone? What did it feel like?

I don’t remember it happening a lot during my own sportscasting career, but I vividly remember the feeling. I felt well rested. I felt like the action was moving slowly, that I was seeing all 10 players on the basketball floor or all 22 on the football field, and that I was choosing the perfect words every single time.

The feeling was similar on the rare occasions when I was in the zone on my sports talk show – high-energy, clarity of thought, and the perfect word choice every time.

I wonder if the difference between the all-time greats like Hearn, Scully, Michaels, etc, is that they are in the zone much more often than the rest of us.

I always wish folks would contribute their thoughts on our posts. Unfortunately, they rarely do. I encourage you to do it this time. Please take two minutes to share your experience of being “in the zone.” Just write a couple sentences below or join in on Twitter.

How do you describe the experience of being “in the zone”?


Your comments will be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. Perhaps the more we learn about what being in the zone is feels like, we’ll be able to replicate the experience on a more regular basis.

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!