Miss you, Larry.

I’ve wondered if Munson reacted to being wished a happy birthday the same way he did to being asked to assess the next Georgia game. “What’s happy about it?  Do you realize, etc.?”

They broke the mold when they made him.  We’ll never hear his like again.

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47 responses to “Miss you, Larry.

  1. I’m fortunate enough to work with Larry’s oldest son, Michael. You wouldn’t believe how similar they are- fretting over the most trivial of things. He lives in Nashville so this week is very special for him- he loathes the Vols. The stories he’s shared over the years growing up as Larry’s son are priceless.

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  2. We were blessed to have Larry as our voice for all those years. My first memory of Larry was “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” on the bluegrass in 1978. We let out a yell from my Dad’s car in front of the old bus station in Albany on Oglethorpe Boulevard going back to Sylvester from the fair that night. A couple of guys on the corner almost jumped out of their skin as a result.

    Scott Howard might have the most difficult job in Georgia athletics.

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  3. JCDAWG83

    I think the greatest praise Larry received was when opposing fans from rival schools would admit they loved listening to him call a game. I have friends from some of our rivals and to this day they say Larry was the best they have ever heard.

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    • Greg

      Never heard anyone better, in a class of his own. As much as I hate to admit it, cause I hate them worse than any CF team…John Ward when he called them at Tennessee is the second best I’ve heard.

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  4. Herschel Talker

    I never saw or heard any live games pre-Larry. Munson was all I ever knew. His voice was as much a part of the Georgia football experience as the green field and the sound of the Redcoats. I still love the UGA football experience, but it hasn’t felt quite right since he retired and it probably never will.

    Who else remembers muting the TV and cranking up the radio when he was broadcasting?

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    • I used to do it until my wife hated that the play was already called on the radio due to delay in the TV broadcast

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      • South FL Dawg

        I hated the delay more than anything. At least when you could listen to Larry it was like being there. Not these other dudes.

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    • Greg

      Same here…never forget the Clemson game when Butler made his kick. Never knew if the kick was good or not until Munson came back from commercial break….cause he did not let us know. Don’t think I was ever that mad at him, it seemed like it was 100 years before he came back from the break to let us know:

      “So we will try to kick one 100,000 miles….We’re gonna try to kick one 60 yard plus a foot and a half….And Butler kicked a long one, a long one…Oh my God, oh my God….The stadium is worse than bonkers”

      Then the commercial break….frustrating, but funny now.

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  5. This was my favorite all time Munson call. To me it perfectly encapsulates Munson relationship with the Dawgs, the listening audience. It has highs and lows, desperation, depression, optimism, joy, and words of warning. Along with all of the under his breath “Oh god’s” while Scott Howard gives the details on the score and the drive.

    Larry figuratively lived and died each week with our beloved Dawgs. Scott and Eric do a great job but there will never be another one like Larry.

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    • Saxondawg

      One of his best ever. Also, Bobo’s first game calling plays, and I always felt you could feel a difference in that final drive. Just a well-called touchdown drive. Crayon still hangs on Bobo’s office wall.

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    • Governor Milledge

      Beyond the sheer emotion Munson conveys, the way he paints the picture (“he gained maybe 19 inches” and “hold on for 105 seconds!”) in the minutiae of the plays conveys the urgency and desperation to fight for every inch, to count every second on the clock. Thanks for posting

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  6. mdcgtp

    If that does not bring a slight tear to your eyes, you are not a Dawg! Man I miss him!

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  7. Uglydawg

    Remember he had a daily (I think it was daily) little blurb on WSB for a while, late in his career where he would just address things in life. Driving in to work, early one morning, I heard Larry’s talk on how, at his age, his “whatchamacallit” didn’t work anymore. It was priceless and I still laugh.
    He would tell of fishing outings in the countryside around Athens and describe how the flock of geese passing over took his memory back to his youth. Such a sage and the best voice and call ever.
    I think a lot of kids still choose UGA because he captured them as lifelong fans in their childhood.
    As much a DGD as has ever walked the ground in Sanford.
    I guess they’ll let him light up a victory cigar in Heaven this weekend, I hope he gets that! Happy Birthday, Larry!

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    • mwo

      That and him going to the movies with all the coeds. He talked about how all the girls wanted to run their fingers through Billy Bennett’s hair. I heard him tell a story once of how he played piano with some big band in Minnesota when he was 15 as a substitute for their regular player. Benny Goodman or some big swing band like that.

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    • ChiliDawg

      Sadly kids choosing UGA these days have likely never heard of Larry Munson or heard him call a game. It’s been quite a few years since he called one, remember. Heck, he was in his final years doing it when I graduated in ‘09. Still remember the sadness I felt for him in his last year or two when you could really tell his faculties were leaving him.

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  8. Skeptic Dawg

    Like so many others, my earliest earliest memories of Georgia football involve a radio and wonderfully raspy voice of Munson. He had a gift and as Dawg fans we are lucky to have had him on our side. Nothing says Georgia Bulldog football like Larry Munson. The best there ever was. Hunker down just one more time you guys!

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  9. Uglydawg

    That was a great Munson call! Thanks for posting it, UJ.

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  10. Minnesota Dawg

    Happy Birthday, Larry. I will always love Georgia football…but it hasn’t been, nor will it ever be, the same without listening to Larry giving us the picture. Those memories of listening to Munson over a crackling, fading WSB (500 miles away) on Saturday nights will never, ever be forgotten.

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  11. Russ

    I remember running into Larry at an away game hotel one year and we asked about the upcoming game. Larry laid out all the reasons we didn’t stand a chance, and then he mentioned Terry Hoage “with those miserable knees” and how it was just hopeless for him, and for the Dawgs in general. Of course, Hoague played well, Dawgs won and all was right with the world that week. From then on, whenever anyone would mention Terry Hoage, one of us would always follow up with “those miserable knees”.

    I also remember listening to the little AM radio as Larry described the Dawgs dominating the Bear and Alabama in ’76 and Rex putting it through in Lexington in ’78. Great memories.

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  12. Biggus Rickus

    This makes me want to break out the old cassette of his 1980 calls, if I still had one and something to play it on.

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  13. Hogbody Spradlin

    I love that man.

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  14. AusDawg85

    A cool, clear autumn Saturday evening. Get in the car and drive east a ways to the highest point you can find. Turn the AM radio to 750. Amid the white noise, whistling, mexican mariachi music, the faint but unmistakeable voice of Munson could be gleaned…overlooking the skyline of Dallas, TX.

    That’s the way it was in the mid-90’s kids. Long before some guy named Mark Cuban figured out how to stream audio over the interwebs.

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  15. As a teen I spent a lot of Saturdays turning wrenches with my Dad while Munson gave us the picture in the background. Caught a few fish listening as well. Miss him.

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  16. Jared S.

    Hearing that short reel did more to get me worked up about this Saturday than anything else I’ve seen or heard all week.

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  17. TXBaller

    The GREATEST!

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  18. Bob

    Amen TXBaller

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  19. John Denver is full of shit...

    Southern Brewing in Athens has a “Hobnail IPA”, they might as well name it Munson IPA, because that’s all I think about when I hear hobnail.
    I was lucky enough to be in the stands, so I didn’t actually hear it until later in the week.

    Go Dawgs! Whoop their asses for Munson!

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  20. Spike

    The Best there ever was. Too many great memories to mention..

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  21. SEBdawg

    I was stationed at Torrejon AFB in Madrid, Spain from 1985-1988. In the time I was there, the 2 best care packages I got from my Dad was a box of green peanuts for boiling and every Saturday he would record Munson on a couple of 90 minute cassettes and mail them to me. Even though I already knew the score, nothing said “home” like listening to Munson. I would listen and mail them back and and eagerly await the next set of tapes!

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  22. Bright Idea

    Driving home from Knoxville after the hobnail boot game all the callers to WSB were talking about Larry’s call. Until we heard it, my son and I didn’t get it. Lots of Dawgs were raised by Larry.

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    • I had to go with my mom to a family reunion in Southern Illinois that day. I had just resigned myself to missing the whole thing as we drove around visiting the coal mines where her dad had worked for 40 years. Near the end of the day we were pulling into the parking lot of the Du Quoin State Fair, (home of the Hambeltonian) when somehow I got the game on the radio and heard the call. Good juju.

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  23. Athens Dog

    “Don’t celebrate yet for Gods sake “. Vintage Larry

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  24. I’m a regular swimmer at the Athens Y and I used to say hi to him all the time. I remember the morning of the first away game that he didn’t call. I thought about talking to him but decided to leave him be.

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  25. Stumpy Pepys

    I think about him every time I visit your blog, Senator…Thanks!

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  26. Russ

    How loved was Larry? So loved that this was probably the first post by the Senator in forever that had unanimous agreement throughout the comments.

    That’s love.

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  27. Soccerdawg

    I was born and raised in west Georgia. You guys won’t believe it but I never went to. Georgia game or ever listed to Larrry Munson until was in a gas station in Rome Georgia and Larry made the “Run Lindsey Run” call. Yes- the first time I ever heard Munson was property destruction night. Now as season ticket holder and law graduate since 1985, sure do miss him.

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  28. Dawg151

    Man…I miss Larry Munson so much.

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  29. I still remember Larry and Scott Howard parking beside me and my dad outside the Georgia Dome for the Peach Bowl. Larry basically predicted us “being in big trouble and finding a way out

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