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"Send it in Jerome!" Celebrates Its 25th Birthday

In sports, there are a handful of broadcasting calls that have become just as iconic as the great moments they are associated with - from Jack Buck’s “I don’t believe what I just saw!” call in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, to Johnny Most’s “Havlichek stole the ball!” and Al Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles? YES!”

On January 25, 1988, 25 years ago to this day, Bill Raferty unknowingly delivered one of college basketball’s all-time great broadcasting calls in a regular season Pittsburgh-Providence matchup, one that would be a staple of the sport for a quarter of a century and beyond.

As Pitt forward Jerome Lane drove down the right side on a fast break, he took a pass from point guard Sean Miller and threw down one of the most memorable glass-shattering slams in college basketball history. His victimization of a would-be Providence defender and an innocent backboard spawned the iconic Rafferty call - “Send it in Jerome!”