“I’m gonna call Gary and say, ‘what the hell were you thinking? Why did you say that?’”

Don’t ever change, Uncle Verne.

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19 responses to ““I’m gonna call Gary and say, ‘what the hell were you thinking? Why did you say that?’”

  1. Gravidy

    I really enjoyed reading that. I’m surely going to miss him this fall.

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  2. Russ

    I’ll miss Uncle Verne, but looking forward to many years of Nessler. He’s one of the best in the business. And I actually like Gary.

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    • mwo

      Nessler is great. I like Blackledge better than Danielson though. Hard to type that because I watched Blackledge beat the Dawgs in Nola that 3rd Sugar Bowl. Danielson always sounds like he’s about to shit his pants.

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      • Uglydawg

        LOL..Last sentence is funny!…Consider forgiving TB for that win way back then. It took a great play to beat those Dawgs and he made it He seems to really like UGA and the SEC. Yeah, Blackledge may be a damned Yankee, but he’s OUR damned Yankee.

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        • mwo

          I agree completely, I harbor no ill feelings. I enjoy Blackledge, he tells good stories. He said he had to borrow an old LTD from a relative when he went away to college. Hard not to like a guy like that.

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      • Russ

        I like Blackledge, too, even if he did break my heart in Nawlins. I think both he and Gary give us the proper amount of respect. If we want more fawning, win more.

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  3. Otto

    Wait… it says he took notes?

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  4. Dave

    I wish they would have him (if he wanted) do a pre-recorded intro to each game from the comfort of his home, similar to the lead-ins he did when he was doing play-by-play.

    He was, understandably, getting a bit slower the last couple of years, so that, along with just the grind of traveling all over the place every week, took its toll. But, I will definitely miss his pre-game stuff. You just knew it was going to be a big, important game when he came on at 3:30 to that great CBS Fanfare anthem.

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  5. Spike

    Thanks for the memories, Uncle Verne. Yessss, sir!!!!

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  6. 69Dawg

    Nessler is the last of the great play by play guys. The new generation thinks they have to talk the play to death with the color guy. Now with 3 in the booth, which hasn’t worked since the old Monday Night Football gang, we get over analysis. I find myself muting the likes of Palmer as they done on, glad his butt is gone. It’s TV so less talk is better.

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  7. CannonDawg

    Good article. If we live long enough, we’ll all face that day when it’s time to step away. I’ll still enjoy Verne’s voice in some of the many SEC classics he called, just as I do when I hear Keith Jackson or our own Larry Munson. Great, distinctive voices, all. Here’s hoping that Brad Nessler will call many classics of his own, hopefully with a large share having happy endings for the Bulldogs.

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  8. Brad Nessler is stepping into some large shoes. I have no doubt he will fill them well. He’s one of the best play-by-play guys in the business regardless of level. I figured the WWL was going to promote him to Monday Night Football. I never thought they would let him walk.

    The comment he made before this was priceless and prophetic:

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  9. Macallanlover

    I will miss Verne greatly this fall but it was a good time for him to get out. SEC fans are lucky to have Nessler stepping in, nice delivery, could be the best play by play man in the business. Speaking of which, Todd Blackledge is the best color man in CFB, in my opinion. Never understood why people crap on Danielson, unless it is because he isn’t Blackledge. Danielson does a tremendous amount of homework preparing for each Saturday’s game. He really knows offense, and his recognition of alignments leading to exceptional number of accurate pre-calls is just excellent insight. He seems balanced in his comments during the game but both he and Verne got caught up in the momentum of the successful teams, what CFB fan doesn’t if they aren’t emotionally involved with the teams?

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    • 92 grad

      I mostly agree with you, but, I was raised to look down on people that felt obliged to remind everyone that they were right. Danielsen has made plenty of correct pre calls but he REALLY enjoyed proclaiming his righteousness as much as he could fit in. Grinds my gears…….

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