The world they’ve made for themselves.

I was watching ESPN’s Larry Munson tribute this morning…

… and it suddenly dawned on me:  would any player these days fully comprehend the excitement behind Munson’s iconic “Oh, look at the Sugar falling out of the sky!” call?  Quaint at best, depressing at worst, we’ve certainly come a long way to the current state of affairs.

Thanks again, college football.

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22 responses to “The world they’ve made for themselves.

  1. S

    It doesn’t translate well because of the playoff, but if the first round of the playoff was the Sugar Bowl, I do think they’d have the same sense of excitement. I don’t get that worked up about it. One of the few inevitablities of life is change, and we’re probably lucky to have as much left as we do. Compared to the pros, and even to college basketball, I think there’s been less change in college football.

    Overall, I do prefer to have the national championship decided on the field instead of a system where a BYU could win a national championship by beating a 6-4 Michigan team in the Holiday Bowl.

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    • The Dawg abides

      Or the ACC champ being obligated to a second-rate (citrus) bowl against a Big 8 third place Nebraska team.

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  2. College football, it was nice to know ya.

    I still remember that call like it was yesterday.

    That’s why I don’t understand why our players (and, frankly, our fans) didn’t show up in New Orleans. I remember the drought from 1983-2001. The Sugar Bowl should be a big damn deal for UGA whether it’s a playoff game or not.

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  3. Greg

    Great way to start the morning, he was the BEST IMO…and it is not even close.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      Being as objective as possible, I’d put Munson and Deckerhoff alone at the top. Regarding the guys, Keith Jackson was by far the best and will never be equaled.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Meant to say regarding the TV guys…

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        • Greg Bowen

          can understand…..I know it will not be a popular opinion on here, but to me…it was John Ward as a distant second.

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          • TomReagan

            I know a lot of people who like John Ward, but he came off as too rehearsed for me. I think the greatest thing about Munson was that there was none of that. It was all off the cuff.

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    • Truly the best.

      If you don’t have From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot: The Life and Times of Larry Munson in your Dawg library, turn in your fan card. The last thing Mr. Conventional Wisdom did when he was Mr. College Football. It even has Larry’s personal top 10 in there.

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  4. WNCDawg

    There will NEVER be another “Larry Munson”. Couldn’t help be notice them Dawgs was wearin’ Them Silver Britches and I try not to be superstitious, but could we bring em’ back.

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  5. TXBaller

    The G.O.A.T.

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  6. Spike

    The Best There Ever Was.. and I miss Ron Franklin and Keith Jackson, too..

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  7. dawgfan1995

    I would have loved to hear Larry call that Rose Bowl against Oklahoma.

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  8. Mallard-Drake

    That entire video was fantastic…until the last few seconds…when I quickly remembered how that afternoon went for us…ugh…

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  9. “Thanks college football”? The game is fine, better in many ways. What is worse is today’s college fan, and the football player’s attitude. The “win a title or bust” isn’t on the status of the game at all. You can say there is the media involvement driving that, but I am a personal accountability advocate, so it is on the new age fan. The media is only going to reflect what the fans want to hear, they would change direction if the fans didn’t click for more, or chose to tune out. As bad as ESPN/F-Bomb are, it is the viewers that have allowed this garbage to remain on the air and spout their agendas/styles.

    In many ways, the game is better, and more accessible, than ever. But yeah, there is some bad stuff brewing and the storm warnings are flashing “red alert”. Isn’t just sports either, bad behavior is all around us in this less civil society. Sugar Bowl was an ideal match up, a closer look doesn’t show the “game” to be at fault for why it didn’t come off the way it would have a decade, or two ago.

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  10. 2675miller

    Will never forget the saturday evening I sat in our kitchen listening wsb radio as Larry called the Tennessee game as a 15 year old the fall of 80. I will also never forget as we got in the truck to ride home from a deer hunt hearing the score from Jacksonville I was hopeless. I can still remember where we were on Hwy 208 when Buck hit Lindsay. I also remember clearly where I was and who I was with he called Green to Haynes. A generational talent who not only called the game but turned nearly game into a story filled with tension and drama. He was one of a kind.

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  11. Sports fans, ya gotta remember Larry Munson was a radio guy, period. How often was UGA on tv saturdays….Munson was on almost every saturday september to decemberish….then did UGA hoops for a few….Munson had the moment on his tongue, red and black in his heart and UGA in his soul (hobnail boot) and a seegar not far away, would have liked to hear him do a day fishing!

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  12. Gurkha Dawg

    Thinking back on my life, the most pure fun experiences I have had were listening to UGA games with good friends when Larry would bestow upon us one of his iconic calls. Beer flying, screams of joy, high fives everywhere. Certainly not the most meaningful or important experiences, but the most fun? Hell yeah!

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  13. illinidawg

    I used to shoot the shit with him in the pool at the Y. I remember being there the morning of the first away game he didn’t call. I thought about talking to him but decided he needed his space.

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  14. Between The Hodges

    Also, as that clip demonstrates, long gone is 3 man set on ESPN College Gameday

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