“So Georgia came back? SEC Championship…”

Here’s a really nice piece about what Georgia finally getting another crack at a national championship means to some of us.

I thought I knew college football: I had come from Texas after growing up in the Midwest in what was then Big 8 Country. The man who would teach me most of what I know in journalism, however, showed me everything that was important about football in the South.

Plott Brice was an Atlanta native and a Georgia graduate who liked to say that he “learned to read on my granddaddy’s knee by turning the pages of the AJC.” He was a voracious reader, an accomplished bluegrass musician and an expert of all things newspapering. He handled hot type, laid out pages, covered Wimbledon and, as national editor, dispatched young reporters on ambitious assignments from Cuba and Romania to South Africa and the Soviet Union.

On Saturdays, however, Brice’s heart and soul belonged to the Georgia Bulldogs. There was nothing more sacred to him than the 60-mile pilgrimage to Sanford Stadium in Athens to watch the Dawgs do battle “between the hedges,” a nod to the privet hedges that have surrounded the field there since 1929.

Brice shared each game day with his wife and sisters and Larry Munson, the voice of Georgia football for over 40 years and a homer’s homer if there ever was one. Brice wore a transistor in his ear when he went to games and tuned his stereo to Munson when he was watching at home.

He had a tape of Munson’s most famous call, a 92-yard touchdown reception from the cinematically named quarterback Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott that beat Florida and kept Georgia’s 1980 national title drive alive. Years later, he still could recite it word for word.

A lot of us can.  Boy, do I wish Larry were still around to call what went down yesterday.

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13 responses to ““So Georgia came back? SEC Championship…”

  1. CPark58

    Man, I’ve been saying this all day. With all due respect to Scott Howard, he does a fairly good job, but that one would have been Larry’s masterpiece.

    For the record, I would rather listen to Keith Jackson eat macaroni and cheese through a straw for 4 hours than listen to Kirk Herbstreit swoon over Baker Mayfield one more time. I thought Gary and Vern were bad about pining over one player but they got nothing on Herbie.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Don’t sugar coat it C. Tell us how you really feel. 😎
      I remember where I was (with Got Sr. on 15 between Jefferson and commerce, riding shotgun with a load of fence posts in the back) when Larry broke his chair. My goodness, he would have loved this team.

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    • Tronan

      How do I say this? Ahem. Herbstreit was all right last night. (That was not easy for me to type.) Generally, his commentary and analysis were decent. But, the “Baker” this, “Baker” that crap made me cringe. The first couple of times he said it, I thought he was talking about Deandre Baker, but then realized he was fellating the OU QB.

      Herbstreit’s not terrible job otherwise, I agree with you that Keith Jackson would have done it so much better. Ditto Munson over Howard, though I think Larry would have had a myocardial infarction by the midpoint of the 4th quarter. (Just like the rest of us did.)

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Somewhere in the hereafter last night, a metal steel chair with about a 5 inch cushion was broken.

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  3. Alcoholic Genius

    I gave up. You did too. Dawgs!

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  4. Thatguy

    Munson would have up and died about 10 times yesterday. Ol’ Lady Luck would be flat wore out, and somewhere Loran is still smarting from Larry screaming at him to SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!

    Everything fell down in overtime. We have to rebuild the entire world in time for the game on Monday. Property destroyed in record numbers. I can’t hunker anymore, at least until sometime Sunday.

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  5. Spike

    Hunker down one more time you guys!

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  6. Whiskeydawg

    Michel, running, running, like an avenging angel!

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  7. ChiliDawg

    Yeah, I might be in the minority but I didn’t find Scott Howard’s call on the game winner to be all that memorable.

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  8. Winning the SEC Championship was a major deal in my opinion.
    That solidified this team as one of Georgia’s best of all time.
    I am a very self-satisfied Dawg Fan at this point.
    A National championship would be great But so was the SEc Championship.

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