The news that Larry Munson is all done broadcasting Georgia football games comes not long after longtime Braves announcer Skip Caray died. Two legendary voices, different in style but still inimitable, have left Southern airwaves. In these cases, silence is not golden.
Munson, 86, has been in ill health and gave up broadcasting road games last season. But his gravelly voice and rowdy verbiage gave the perfect touch to Bulldogs football for more than 40 years. Some Munson-isms:
“Sugar falling from the sky,” after beating Auburn in 1982. “The (Gator Bowl) girders are bending,” after Georgia scored to go ahead of Florida in 1975. “There’s going to be some property destroyed tonight,” after Georgia’s winning TD vs. Florida in 1980, which kept national title hopes alive.
Skip Caray, part of the famous baseball broadcasting family, passed away in August. He had been in ill health, some of which he blamed on his excessive drinking and partying in the 1980s. Still, his wry wit and incisive commentary kept alive interest in a team that never won consistently until the 1990s. He also did well on Atlanta Hawks basketball.
For instance, when he said “No foul called,” listeners knew that Skip THOUGHT a foul SHOULD have been called. And during a Braves snow-delayed game from Colorado, he opined, “How do they KNOW no two snowflakes are alike?”
You can’t teach style, color or devotion, so there won’t be any more Munsons or Skip Carays. That means sports in the South won’t be quite as enjoyable in the future. Just glad we had them when we did.