I remember the first time I heard Munson. My family wasn't Dawg fans at the time, but we were living in Thomaston, Ga. I was about 10 years old, and we were listening to the 1982 Georgia at Auburn game. It just happened to be on in the background. Late in the fourth quarter, Munson started begging the Georgia Defense to "just hunker it down one more time."
My mom came into the room and said, "Who is this guy?" I replied, "I don't know, but he's nuts, and it's great." You won't hear a call like that today. No announcer wants to beg, pray or plead for a defensive stand. They say it's not "professional." In reality, they can't do it. It wouldn't be genuine because they don't love the team they are calling the way Larry loved Georgia.
We'll all miss him. He was the best there ever was or ever will be. Rest in Peace Larry.
While we're waiting on the various obits, I thought I'd share some articles about Larry's retirement that were really exceptional.
- From Mainstream Media:
- -- Time with Munson was unforgettable - Ching/ABH
-- Herschel and Dooley and Munson - Bradley/AJC
-- The Legend Retires - DawgPost
-- End of an Era - Gainesville Times
-- Munson retiring is sad for all - Chattanooga Free Press
-- The Voice of Tradition - Gainesville Times
-- His greatest calls - Gainesville Times
-- Munson Announces retirement - AJC
-- Favorite Moments with Munson - AJC
-- End of an era - UGAsports.com
From the Blogs:
- -- Lewis Grizzard on Munson's call of the '78 UK game - GritTree
-- Really is the end of an era - Get the Picture
-- A hole in the hearts of many - RedZone Report
-- Munson to retire immediately - DawgSports
-- The End of an era - DawgsOnline
Also, check out LarryMunson.com for some great old clips. What's your favorite Munson memory? Please feel free to share in the comments.