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Dang, he’s going to be in Dallas. Maybe he’ll come on down to Houston. I’d love to shake his hand.
Uncle Verne gets way too much grief. His call of “Cut! What a cut!” when Knowshon scores the go-ahead touchdown in the 07 Blackout is seared into my mind. His follow up line of “Lingerie on the field.” just elevates it.
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He was Dan Leb-retard the other day talking about this book. It was interesting to hear him describe the Bama-Auburn kick six and how he and Gary knew to just shut up and how the producer made like 26 diffferent cut-to video shots during the aftermath. He thought the producer deserved an emmy.
College football is the rare sport that makes radio and TV announcers heroes of the games. I am 71 and so in my early years radio was all there was for college football, Most colleges had their own play by play guys since there was very little national interest in the college game. College ball was a truly regional sport. I listened to Georgia Tech a lot since I was an East Point boy and my father thought Bobby Dodd was the greatest coach min the world. I’ll have to admit that Al Ceriodo (sp) and Jack Hurst were great on painting the picture. Ed Thilenius was great too but I can’t even remember the guy doing the color.The thing about Vern was he was old school, I can remember him being the Dallas Cowboys announcer in the 60’s or 70’s. Any way they knew when to talk and when to shut up. Even on radio they would sometimes let the crowd noise tell some of the story. That was the greatest thing about Munson, you could tell just by the inflection in his voice if the Dawgs did something good or great. He didn’t have to say touchdown, for you to know it happened. The new breed of radio guys are trying to hard too convey the excitement and it doesn’t sound real. Nobody ever doubted that Munson was sincere in his life and death calling the Dawgs. The TV geniuses that thought if two guys are in the booth good lets put three in there so there is not one moment of quiet time. I usually just mute the ESPN qab fest but I listen to Vern and Gary. Vern is a hoot and Gary is knowledgeable but sometime his speculation drives me nuts. Vern will be missed.
Agree, almost, totally with every word. Clearly Munson was the all time best CFB announcer, even few rival fans disagree. The man had a magical way of providing a picture, even if I only had a small transistor, or car, radio in front of me. There were many good at their art in those days when a televised game of their team was a once a year a treat. And Verne was special in the TV days, loved that man on CFB and The Masters.
We will always disagree about Ceraldo, and not because it was GT. He was excited on a big play, but also in the way a team broke the huddle and ran to the line of scrimmage. Awful, a screamer before it was in vogue, I felt he overhyped so much he was like the little boy crying wolf, never got a feel of the game from him. As a side note, I had a friend who played QB at GT and threw a TD pass on his very first play. His father died at home that day of a heart attack as he listened on the radio. I don’t know the time it occurred but I have always blamed that screaming nutcase of an announcer. And I don’t want to know any differently.
“The man had a magical way of providing a picture”
With Larry you would always “Get the Picture”.
My Dad was a Tech grad (1925), so I grew up listening to Al Ciraldo and Jack Hurst during the Bobby Dodd glory years (1952-1963). I can still hear Al say “Toe Meets Leather” – I thought he and Hurst were great – in part because those Dodd teams of the 1950s were really good. I went to UGA in 1964 (Dooley’s first year). Ed Thilenious was a legend, but I was still partial to Al and Jack. Thilenious left prior to the 66 season to call the brand new Falcons games. Larry Munson was hired from Vanderbilt (of all places). Larry was good, but he was not an immediate hit, IIRC. Larry had the advantage of calling two of the great Dawg teams of the 1960s (66 and 68) – he didn’t hit his stride until the 70s. Before Larry became a legend, he was criticized by some as being too much of a homer – but most of us ate it up. Poor Scott Howard inherited an impossible task.
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East Point, huh? I was just up the road in SW Atlanta, Sylvan Hills.
And I agree with everything you said. I’m a little behind you so I only knew Ed Thelinius from Channel 5 sports (I think). Larry was the only UGa announcer I knew. Al Ciraldo was okay but I was raised to hate everything to do with the NATS.
Hurst the play-by-play guy and Ciraldo the color man were a great team, I rate Hurst just behind Munson as the best ever for college football, even though their styles were different, Hurst being more laid-back.
I also thought Munson was bad at baseball play by play, but the best baseball guys (Harry Carey, Bob Elson of the White Sox) were great at painting pictures.
“Oh man, I’m not even thinking about Georgia. Kirby won 100-0 or whatever today,” Pittman said of his former boss in Athens. -- The Athletic, 9/25/21
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