Larry

I defy you to watch this without smiling.

It simply isn’t possible.

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  1. The Truth

    Yeah, I’m smiling. Smiling my eyes out right now.

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  2. drunkenmonken

    I smiled, laughed, and got chills. The best ever! He’s so good there’s no need for second place. It doesn’t matter who’s next. It’s Munson then everyone else.

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  3. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    I watched that special last night on SECN and it was really good. They made special mention that Larry went beyond being just a “homer” into the Dawgs biggest fan, but for the most part they said it with love and more than a few chuckles.

    Well, except for the daughters of the departed MSU announcer Jack Cristil. For some reason they felt like they had to make a point of talking about how their father, who wallowed away calling football for a nothing team and nothing players, didn’t approve of Larry like a couple of B-words.

    Other than that, we get all the best of Larry and people talking about how they love him, and Tennessee fans talking about how they’ll never escape the Hobnail Boot. It was also cool to learn about other great voices of SEC football. One of the best things ESPN has done in a long while.

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  4. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    La voix classique des Dawgs.
    the Elite of the elite play-by-play callers.

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  5. David D

    Smiling, yes. It’s misty this morning, too.

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  6. Salty Dawg

    Time well spent with a slice of heaven. Thanks, Senator!

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  7. Shewdawg

    “I gave up. You did too.” I was laying on a shag carpet floor at a friend’s house watching. You remember where you were too.

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    • Harold Miller

      I was a senior at Walton High School. I was watching in my parents den and was so pissed. I couldn’t believe my Dawgs we going to blow a perfect season. Then…!

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  8. Geezus

    I watched that last night, great show. The one with the Mississippi State announcer was hilarious. “The Sonic drive of the game is …. the drive home.” LOL

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  9. stumpypepys2

    All you need to know about Georgia football tied up in a tidy little seven-minute package! WOW!

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  10. dman2020

    What is this liquid substance in my eyes?

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  11. stillthatguy

    Anybody have a line on where one can acquire a metal-steel chair with about a five-inch cushion? Asking for a friend. I’m the friend.

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  12. akascuba

    Thanks listening to the GOAT never gets old and always brings smiles.

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  13. MudCat's Mechanic

    It’s dusty in here…

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  14. DaveinAZ

    I was a broke student in 1980 – but this happened. Went down to Gainsville with a ticket, a quart bottle of wild turkey and no money. Sneaked in the wild turkey and saw the Silers (sp?) holding UGA III on a leash behind the stands on the visitor side. They let me hold UGA on the leash for about five minutes!. We sat about 6 rows up at the goal line where Lindsay scored. By then we had finished most of the wild turkey. I couldn’t see the start of that play but saw the last half – coming straight at us. Didn’t have a radio with us in the stands. But today if I didn’t know better I would swear we could hear Munson’s call during that run – have been getting chills hearing it for the last 40 years. GO DAWGS!

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  15. spur21

    God I miss that man

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  16. Truly, the GOAT. I remember I was sitting on the couch at home ready to go to my room, and then it happened. Depression to elation in 15 seconds … then worry about whether we could hang on.

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  17. Robert Jones

    Dawg-gone, where’s my tissues?

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  18. draftyridehome

    There are three people who, in my eyes, define Georgia football and our football culture and mindset. If you lived through the 80s you know who they are and why we expect both greatness and tragedy, predictably but chaotically intertwined or interspersed, just about every game and certainly every season. Larry is one of those three and if I were forced to narrow it to two people he’d still be one of them. Now if you told me to narrow it to a single person I’d have to tell you to go to hell (which is why there will soon be a Senator Walker representing the great State of Georgia). Larry was a gift from the heavens for the Georgia people and he is, I think, the primary reason we are always waiting for that other shoe to drop and crush our dreams, but then doubly joyous when it does not because Lady Luck shined on the Dawgs on Saturday. God bless Larry Munson and God bless his Georgia Dawgs. Amen!

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  19. Texas Dawg

    A smile, chill bumps and a tear. For me listening to Larry growing up, he was as much a part of Georgia football as Sanford Stadium and Uga. Not the same since he’s been gone.

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  20. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    One fall between 1974 and 1978 friends of ours – graduates who had moved on – came to games in Athens and stayed at the old Ramada. We would meet them at the hotel, and walk over to the game and come back to the hotel, clean up and decide where we were going to try and go to dinner. As we were leaving to to dinner, here comes Larry, walking from the stadium, tie off, dragging his coat, hair disheveled, and soaking wet with sweat. This was October, not that hot, and the game itself was good, but not Alabama ’75 good, and I thought he was completely spent. I wondered if he needed medical attention after Run Lindsay, Run. He left it all on the field, or I guess the press box, but you get the idea.

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    • chicagodawgfan

      A college friend of mine was given a great gift for he and his new wife (also a UGA grad). Back in the days of answering machines someone got them a tape recording for the machine… “Steven and Tammy can’t answer the phone right now, they’re out driving, driving around in their big cars. Leave a message and they’ll be back in 30, 35, 40, 45, or 50 minutes and call you right back!” Once the word got out, random people would call just to listen to the Munson message, it was hilarious!

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  21. 79dawg

    I’m never sad about missing the blackout game – “had” to listen to it on the radio instead, one last great call by Larry…

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    • stillthatguy

      I was in the stands for the ’07 Blackout game. I’ve never felt a stadium more lit for a game pre-kickoff, and then, we came out in the black jerseys. Allbarn had no fucking chance that day.

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      • HirsuteDawg

        On Monday morning after the game I Ieard an Auburn fan say the exact same thing – “When they came out in those black jerseys the game was over, we didn’t have a chance”.

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    • ugafidelis

      One of my favorite memories came that evening. It was the Marine Corps Birthday and I was bow hunting on Yano tank range at Fort Knox. I killed a huge 9 point (my first and only bow kill), and as was making my way back to the gate after dark, I turned it on 750 AM and there was Larry just as clear as a bell.

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  22. rigger92

    I’d love to hear him call that KY game when Lorenzen was that “Godzilla” QB again.

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    • Russ

      I was at Young Harris in 1978 and remember being at a party in the woods, listening to Larry call the Kentucky game as Rex Robinson put ’em ahead with just a few seconds left, 17-16. Just a wonderful moment, painted by Larry as I sat listening through the static of AM radio.

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  23. logangrayfaircatch

    I watched the special last night and it was pretty good. But I thought they went out of their way to be evenhanded and act as if the other SEC announcers were anywhere near the same level. I’m sorry, homer or not, Munson transported you into the stadium and listening to him caused your breathing patterns and heart rhythm to change, the hair on the back of your neck to stand up, and you lived and died with every snap. If you are ranking the all time best in CFB, it is Munson by a country mile, then John Ward of Tennessee several steps down, then lump the rest together as pretty good announcers. But come on, how many other programs had sound-alike contests for their announcer? Sure wish he could still call our games. I really want to like Scott Howard and he can’t help that he followed a legend. Howard is solid for basketball but he continues to scream into the microphone on key plays, which is really awful for the listener. In the words of Bob Newhart, STOP IT! How spoiled we were – Munson for the Dawgs and Skip/Ernie/Pete/Sutton/Joe for the Braves. Now, every CFB crew except Blackledge/McDonough is brutal. Larry was and will always be the best.

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    • DarthHenshaw

      Joe is better on the radio. Being on TV with Chip was kind of brutal, but that’s been the case with everyone who is paired with Chip. Seems like a good guy, but he’s just not a good announcer.

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    • classiccitycanine

      I know Munson left impossibly large shoes, but Howard is a midget in those shoes. Between Howard’s voice cracking and screaching, and Zeier doing his best to zap all the energy out of the room, I can’t hardly stand to listen to them. Howard is good at basketball though. I wish I could have heard Munson do the Rose Bowl. That would have been something!

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  24. Remember the Quincy

    That may be the best 6 minutes I’ve spent watching anything. Damn, he was the best…I know it, you do too.

    The all time greatest DGD.

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  25. Terry McCullers

    Larry= The best their will ever be.

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  26. Michael Flinn

    This is a true story. The first real attention I ever paid to Georgia Football was Larry Munson’s Run Lindsey call. I had just played a soccer game for University of West Georgia v. Berry College in Rome. We stopped at a two pump gas station just south of Rome for gas and supplies. The car on the other side of the pumps had the game on the radio. I heard the call while I was pumping gas. I had never followed Georgia football and I had never heard Munson. Forward, I attended UGA Law and sat in class with Herschel who visited one day when he still wanted to be an FBI agent. Now, I still get chills listening to his calls.

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  27. 79dawg

    Would add that, for many years, I had the Roast on my dvr, but that was probably 2 or 3 dvrs ago at this point – I think WSB may have run an abbreviated 30 min or 1 hour portion of it. Would be interested to know if anyone else had a copy or see if it could get posted to youtube….

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  28. I feel sorry for the current generation of Georgia fans and students. For them, Larry might as well be Wally Butts or Harry Mehre — someone for whom they’ll never truly understand the reverence or the love. They’ll never know what it was like before every game was available for streaming and with the broadcasters who think that without them the game is nothing. Larry, and most of his contemporaries, never tried to be larger than what was played on the field. We had the greatest who ever called a game, but I miss all those guys.

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    • jcdawg83

      I really don’t think the younger fans and certainly not the students ever listen to a game. Between every game being on tv, tv not syncing with the radio broadcast and smart phones allowing them to watch anywhere, they have almost no reason to listen to the radio. Scott does the best he can but his screaming is too much. He isn’t in the same hemisphere as Larry as an announcer but I listen to him because it is obvious he is a fan.

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      • Russ

        You’re probably right. I haven’t listened to a game on radio (other than snippets if I happen to be driving) ever since Larry retired.

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      • I totally agree — not only is local radio dead for the most part, but with every game available for streaming, students today have no reason to only “listen” to the game. I feel sorry for them for missing out on the experience of hearing Larry paint the picture with words. While everyone likes to see the action with his/her own eyes, nothing can match the euphoria on both sides of the microphone when the Dawgs performed one of their miracle plays. Plus, now we are stuck with “announcers” who like to hear themselves yack and pontificate their opinions about players and teams more than letting the play on the field be the star of the show.

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  29. jcdawg83

    My stepfather graduated from South Carolina but absolutely loved listening to Larry call Georgia games. He is from Anderson, SC and wanted to go to Georgia but his father couldn’t afford the out of state tuition. He was a gamecock fan but he hated their radio announcer, he said he was boring, like listening to a stock market report. He loved how Larry said “we” and “us” referring to Georgia and “they” referring to the opponent. He loved how Larry cheered when Georgia did well and how he would sound crestfallen when Georgia didn’t. To this day, he says “if you weren’t a fan of Larry Munson, no matter who your team was, there was something wrong with you”.

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  30. When and where else in sports did fans sitting around you ask “What did Larry say?” after a great play and as the only one nearby with a transistor radio and earpiece on? Sometimes, even gator fans in Jax knew to ask. When Larry died, so did the old radio.

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  31. Down Island Way

    You had me at “Get the picture”…

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  32. DarthHenshaw

    Georgia was blessed for so long with Ernie Johnson/Skip/Pete and of course Larry. Miss those guys. They can’t be replaced.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      UGA Alum Ernie Johnson, Jr. is terrific on TNT’s NBA studio show. It is the best studio show in professional sports and Ernie Johnson, Jr.. runs it.

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  33. stoopnagle

    I miss you, Larry. It’s not the same without you.

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  34. rugbydawg79

    I smiled. He was the G.O.A.T.

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  35. My Inner Munson

    I miss hearing him so much. So, so much.

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  36. californiadawg

    That piece was really well done. I bet Larry would have a lot of fun calling this year’s team.

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  37. Hogbody Spradlin

    DO YOU REALIZE . . .

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  38. Pure joy. Thank you, Senator.

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  39. Derek

    …and, I would add, some tears…

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  40. The best Munson story is one that can never be told.

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  41. Illini84

    I used to shoot the shit with him at the Y. The morning of the first game he didn’t travel to he was in the pool but I let him be

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  42. classiccitycanine

    It’s interesting that they said he broke all the rules of broadcasting. I would think anyone who wanted to write the rules of hometown radio broadcasting would look to Munson for inspiration.

    I get that the national broadcasters have to be neutral, but they could at least learn from Verne Lundquist to watch the game with the audience instead of making the show about them.

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    • rigger92

      I think it’s bogus. Back when I had Sirius/XM I used to be able to pick “home” or “away” broadcasts of the same game, meaning you could listen to the local broadcast from both schools. None of this has ever been neutral in the formal national sense. These are local radio stations.

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  43. Bulldawg Bill

    I was at the game sitting with my Dad. A couple of minutes to go and we just said, WTF and started pouring another(of several) drink. So I’m pouring the drink and watching the play unfold. I forgot about the drink and my arms went up in the air in exultation as LS crossed the goal line and someone several rows below me took a bath in Coke and vodka. Whataplay!!!!!!

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  44. erksshadow

    Larry Munson was an icon, an original, the like of which we will not see again. Every Georgia game I watched on television, I’d turn off the tv sound and listen to Larry. At the stadium, I would have earphones so I could hear Larry. I have tried to listen to the “new” radio guys, Howard and Zeier, but I was spoiled by Munson. They’re probably better than I realize but compared to Munson, . . . well, there’s no comparison.

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