Surprise! Munson worried about Dawgs’ trip to Oklahoma State

 

 

Athens-For those of you in the Georgia Bulldog Nation who have been wondering about Larry Munson, I’m happy to report that your radio voice for almost 43 years is doing just fine.

How do I know this? Well, yesterday I went to visit him. And when he answered the door, Munson dispensed with the usual formalities. He just looked at me and said:

“Do you REALIZE that we’ve got to go to Oklahoma State on Saturday?”

“Have you SEEN their offense?”

“CERTAINLY, we’ve got more speed on defense than they do! We do have more speed, right?”

“Can we EVEN SCORE enough points to stay with those guys?”

Some things never change.

What has changed is for the first time since September of 1965, Vince Dooley’s second year as head coach, Georgia football is about to begin a college football season without Larry Munson as its radio voice.

And Munson is going to miss it. Big time.

“I talked to somebody the other day who told me that when they retired they missed every blade of grass at Sanford Stadium,” Munson said. “That’s the way I feel right now. I’m going to miss everything about that place.”

For a guy who will turn 87 years old in 19 days and who had brain surgery and a pacemaker put in during 2008, Munson is in pretty good shape. He still goes fishing from time to time with his good buddy Charlie Whittemore, the former Georgia receiver who works in athletic administration at UGA. He still tries to get in at least one new movie a week, even though his famed movie club had to be discontinued. His biggest issue right now is figuring out how to get the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on a regular basis because the paper no longer delivers in Athens. I’ve tried to talk him into getting a computer and reading all the newspapers he wants on line. I don’t think that’s going to happen.

“We had to go up to Bogart to get the Sunday paper and that’s a hundred thousand miles,” he said.

He just finished a book about his incredible life and career as a broadcaster (In the interest of full disclosure I should tell you that I was honored to help him write it).

He plans to do some book signings, starting with one at the University Bookstore (adjacent to Sanford Stadium) before the Sept. 12 home opener with South Carolina (1-3 p.m.). Munson has not been seen in public much since Georgia honored him in an emotional ceremony between quarters of the Georgia-Georgia Tech game on Nov. 29.  He is, by nature, a very private person. But he is looking forward to the signings because it will be his chance to say thanks to the Georgia people

“I’ve had people call and say they would like to share something and I appreciate that,” said Munson. “Some said they wanted to thank me. I’m the one who should be thanking them.

“I know that I walked away kind of suddenly (last season) but it was the right thing to do,” said Munson. “It was time to turn it over to Scott Howard. He was ready. He did a great job last season. I knew he would.”

This won’t surprise anyone who knows Munson, but he’s worried about Georgia’s trip to play No. 9 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

“I just get the sense that those guys have been waiting on us and getting ready for us for 100 years,” Munson said. “I just hope we can rush the passer. Have you LOOKED at our defensive line? Who’s going to rush the passer?”

Larry Munson’s voice won’t be in Stillwater with the Bulldogs this Saturday. But his heart, as it has been for 43 years, will be there in full force.

 

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216 comments Add your comment

hammerhead

September 2nd, 2009
6:42 am

God bless Larry Munson. Thanks for the update TB.

Sugar Hill Dawg

September 2nd, 2009
6:43 am

God bless you, Larry Munson! I had severe withdrawal pains last season – thank goodness I keep seeing the “Run Lindsey, Run!!!!” call on just about a daily basis. There will never be another Larry – I hope when the time comes he’s given a place in the Letterman’s section at the Oconee. Take care, Larry, and Go Dawgs!

Spike

September 2nd, 2009
6:46 am

Great column, Tony. And Larry, I know you won’t be reading this, but keep the faith, baby! We’ll “Get the picture” Saturday.

So what else is new...

September 2nd, 2009
6:49 am

…but I agree with Larry!!!!

GEORGIA97

September 2nd, 2009
7:17 am

After the OSU game Larry will be saying “man, is there gonna be some property destroyed tonight” in Athens!!

Elliot Garcia

September 2nd, 2009
7:23 am

Can someone please drop off a newspaper for Larry!

rocksteadyfreddie

September 2nd, 2009
7:24 am

UGA wins this one on saturday. People are making a big deal about how “crazy” the atmosphere will be…whatever it is it won’t be Baton Rouge, Knoxville, WLOCP, or Auburn loud. You give Rocht a deep, experienced O line, a veteran QB, and he will find a way to win 10 of 12. He gets the W on saturday.

JB

September 2nd, 2009
7:24 am

never……..and i mean never be another……… I still get chill bumps watching, listening to him on Youtubes………..

Alabama Jack

September 2nd, 2009
7:24 am

As A Tech guy through and through, I still say hats off to Larry Munson. A class guy. He calls a loss better than anyone.

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SuperB

September 2nd, 2009
7:29 am

Larry Munson is only— the greatest announcer in college football history! He needs to remind the Dawg defense to “Hunker Down” against OSU’s great offense.

DawgnNC

September 2nd, 2009
7:30 am

UGA football without Larry’s voice is like
hotcakes without syrup. May God always bless
you Larry!!!

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 2nd, 2009
7:36 am

Love ya Larry !! In a man love kind of way of course.. (cough)

Steve Spurrier

September 2nd, 2009
7:37 am

Atlanta Gator

September 2nd, 2009
7:45 am

And rightly so. It’s Georgia’s first game of the season, it’s a road game, against an opponent that has improved by leaps and bounds over the past 4 or 5 years, and that opponent is ranked ahead of the Dawgs in both major polls. The Dawgs need to bring their “A” game. Win this one, and it’s a step forward; lose it, and it’s a step backward.

Paul Simpson

September 2nd, 2009
7:46 am

No one did it better than Larry Munson, Can’t wait for the book……

Bob J

September 2nd, 2009
7:47 am

I hate the Bulldogs more than I hate the Mets and Yankees, but man they dont make ‘em like that anymore. Where have classic play by play guys gone. Here is hoping OSU wins and Larry is right for once!

Yellow Fuzz

September 2nd, 2009
7:50 am

Larry Munson. The only Georgia fan with class.

SatchelBuzz

September 2nd, 2009
7:50 am

Good to hear that he’s doing well. From a rivals viewpoint, he’s a classic, no doubt about it. Wishing him contiuned health in the future.

My favorite call,.. “The gangly fingers of death have reached right down into the stadium”…think it was a Vandy game a few years back.

Real UGA Fan

September 2nd, 2009
7:53 am

BLAH BLAH BLAH………OK ST. had all the hype last time we played them, as did Boise St. Look what a beat down they carried home.

Not a UGA fan

September 2nd, 2009
7:53 am

yawn another story about Larry Munson

Augustadog

September 2nd, 2009
7:53 am

God Bless Larry Munson. Hunker down one more time you guys>
I will be at the book signing.

TommyGator

September 2nd, 2009
7:54 am

Mr. Munson is an All Time All Star! He and Vin Scully are at the top of the hill for me. Those two could paint a picture from the radio speaker and make you know you were there.

…..Even if I NEVER want to hear “Lindsey Scott!” again!

Big Canoe

September 2nd, 2009
8:01 am

Nice words for a nice man.

getthepicturenow

September 2nd, 2009
8:07 am

….Red tops, white numerals, black trim, red helmets, & the Silver Britches!! God Bless You Larry.

simon saints

September 2nd, 2009
8:09 am

Marcus washington will be in the oSu backfield all afternoon..

rogerss348

September 2nd, 2009
8:11 am

I don’t get it.
Never did.

Bob

September 2nd, 2009
8:14 am

Great stuff Tony. God Bless Larry.

reebok

September 2nd, 2009
8:17 am

Tech fan here. Listening to Larry made me crazy at the time, but I have to admit I miss him now. There will not be another like him.

nashvol

September 2nd, 2009
8:21 am

Much like John Ward, Munson will be missed and impossible to replace. Radio broadcasters like these 2 are the last of a breed.

Dink

September 2nd, 2009
8:21 am

Great post Tony, can’t wait to read the book. We miss you Larry.

Go Dawgs!

Ramblin Rick

September 2nd, 2009
8:22 am

OK State 28 UGAy 14… Joe Cox wets the bed big time. The mutts excuses start rolling in Monday morning. Fire Martinez…. blah blah blah blah.

AdMan

September 2nd, 2009
8:23 am

Go away Atlanta Gator…we don’t need you or want you on our Georgia blog!Floridas got problems of their own and they will soon be revealed!

Worm

September 2nd, 2009
8:27 am

Tony, We all love Larry and can’t wait for the book..His birthday is actually Sept. 28-btw

JB

September 2nd, 2009
8:27 am

Larry is still the man! His broadcasts were always great.

HBTD!!!

FBR

September 2nd, 2009
8:30 am

Larry is the bomb. Life without Munson on Saturday will be difficult–and probably not as good. I wish we could have him forever.

lance

September 2nd, 2009
8:31 am

guess gundy doesn’t think too much of Georgia’s class. I mean he actually thinks they will be a braw at midfield with the handshakes.

dawghouse1011 -Athens

September 2nd, 2009
8:33 am

We love you Larry!!!! You are the BEST !!Hope we can bring you back a Win saturday!!!I know you will be watching…GO DAWGS!!

Gen Neyland

September 2nd, 2009
8:35 am

Me and Munson share a common disorder : Acute Seasonal Dooleyitis. Enjoy the game, Larry…

GatorGreg

September 2nd, 2009
8:37 am

“Surprise! Munson worried about Dawgs’ trip to Oklahoma State”

And in other news, the sun rose this morning.

Despite being a Gator (and maybe sometimes because of it), I really miss hearing Munson on the radio.

FB

September 2nd, 2009
8:37 am

SEC fans and Comcast subscribers:
Comcast does not plan to carry Peachtree TV’s HD broadcast of the 12:30 SEC game this Fall. It will only be available in standard definition. I learned this from Peachtree TV. Peachtree TV stated they hope Comcast will change its position and I should let them know how I feel. All SEC fans should contact Comcast and let them know that in Atlanta, the football capital of the South, this is not acceptable.

Atlanta Gator

September 2nd, 2009
8:39 am

AdMan—-I just typed a scathing reply, but decided to delete it. Your comment merits no response. Have a nice day.

Paddy

September 2nd, 2009
8:39 am

I wish it would have never ended. Good luck Larry.

Paddy

September 2nd, 2009
8:42 am

Lance….if there is going to be bra’s at mid-field before the game, I am getting on the next plane to Stillwater.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 2nd, 2009
8:42 am

Bogart “a hundred thousand miles away”, OSU has been “getting ready for us for a 100 years”! LMAO! Classic Munson even in an impromtu interview.

What is the deal with the pre-game brawl that OSU coach “I’m a man Gundy” is talking about? I don’t think teams should be shaking hands before the game. I think that the captains represent the team at the coin flip. After the game have a handshake. Before the game is just asking for some third stringer to talk smack or take a swipe at a starting player to end their day.

Jake

September 2nd, 2009
8:45 am

Listening to Larry on the radio made the game so real even if you where not at the game. He had the ability to create ( HD )in one’s mind of the game via one’s ears. This is sign of a good play by play professional. He can not be replaced by the ones who listened to him through the years. John Ward in Knoxville never has been replaced either. Just listening to Larry was worth more than the ticket price to see the game. OH,, the memories.

fred

September 2nd, 2009
8:45 am

Surely you can teach your boys to shake hands without getting into a fight, or are you teaching them how to be thugs for the NFL??

UGASlobberknocker

September 2nd, 2009
8:51 am

Larry was the greatest. I still get goosebumps listening to his calls from 30 yrs ago.

Would one of his neighbors please go get him a paper on Sunday? Every Sunday? If I lived in Athens I would do it myself.

One warning Larry..if the game lasts past 930 pm, the AJC wont have the story since that seems to be the deadline..so dont waste your time on the night games..

gdawginkalamazoo

September 2nd, 2009
8:52 am

I think a friendly pre-game “dance off” in their respective endzones might work better than a handshake.

UGASlobberknocker

September 2nd, 2009
8:54 am

Saw John Ward mentioned above as another classic announcer..that is certainly true. Also the guy from Auburn who died was really good..what was his name?