Soccer America’s Paul Gardner worked closely with Jim McKay when they commentated on the NASL for ABC. He wrote a kind remembrance this weekend.
But that’s not the word — serious — with which to end this short memory of Jim. He had a great sense of humor, quiet, non-flashy, like the man himself. In one of those studio sessions we watched a tape of a promo — where the voice over told us that “at halftime, we’ll feature an explanation of the offside rule, which you will find easy to follow, and an interview with Dr. Henry Kissinger …” and McKay, sotto voce murmured “who you will not find easy to follow.”