Munson: ‘Yeah yeah yeah yeah!’

I remember when Larry Munson, who’d spent a season as part of the newly arrived Braves’ original broadcast team, first took over from Ed Thilenius as the voice of the Georgia Bulldogs. 

Even as a ninth grader, I was already a Bulldog traditionalist, and like many fans, I found the gravelly, staccato bark of Munson took some getting used to after the smooth, mellow tones of Thilenius.

I didn’t dislike Munson. In fact, I felt he’d been wronged when he got crowded out of the Braves booth by the tremendous ego of Milo the Mouth. Still, I remember feeling that Munson came across on his early UGA broadcasts as something of an outsider. 

For some reason, I recall the moment when Munson won me over and I finally considered him one of “us.” It was the 1968 game matching No. 5 Georgia with No. 12 Auburn for the SEC Championship. It wasn’t so much any specific call or turn of phrase; he just sounded so into the game, like it really mattered to him whether the Bulldogs won. From that time on, Munson was the man, as far as I was concerned.

By the late ’70s, fans had started quoting Munson calls, and then the Munson phenomenon really took off in the 1980s (”There goes Herschel!”) as we started getting audio and video compilations of his greatest moments. Eventually it reached the point where Munson became an icon even outside the Bulldog Nation. Hardly a week goes by during college football season that you don’t hear somebody on ESPN drop into a growl to imitate the great one.

Since it was announced this week that Munson is being inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame, it seemed like a good time to celebrate the Munson legacy. 

It’s easy to pick the three greatest Munson calls of all time; most fans have them memorized: “Run, Lindsay” from the 1980 Florida game (including the end bit about breaking “a metal steel chair” and his “Man is there gonna to be some property destroyed tonight!” warning; the whole extended “Hunker down” scenario culminating with “Look at the sugar falling out of the sky” from the 1982 Auburn game; and, probably the all-time favorite, from the 2001 win in Knoxville: “We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose!”

I asked a bunch of Dawg fans about their favorite Munson calls other than those three, and the ones most often cited are from the 1980 Tennessee game, the 1975 Florida game and the 1978 Kentucky game.

The Tennessee play, of course, introduced Herschel Walker to the Bulldog Nation. It went like this:

“Tennessee leading 15 to 2, the crowd roaring against Georgia trying to make them drop it so they can’t hear. We hand it off to Herschel, there’s a hole, 5, 10, 12, he’s running over people! Oh, you Herschel Walker! My God almighty, he ran right through two men, Herschel ran right over two men, they had him dead away inside the 9. Herschel Walker went 16 yards, he drove right over those orange shirts, just driving and running with those big thighs. My God, a freshman!” 

The 1975 call of an 80-yard touchdown pass from Richard Appleby to Gene Washington, one of my favorites, was an early example of Munson’s penchant for completely off-the-wall analogies:

“Appleby, end around, he just stopped, planted his feet and threw it, and Washington caught it thinking of Montreal and the Olympics, and ran out of his shoes right down the middle 80 yards. Stadium rocking, stunned, the girders are bending now, look at the score.” 

And the 1978 call of a late Rex Robinson field goal that beat the Wildcats was Munson at his simplest and was notable for the fact he never actually said the kick was good:

“Sixteen to 14, Kentucky, with eight seconds! The stadium’s standing. Naw, some of ’em are upside down, but they’re trying to stand. It’s gonna be held just inside the 19. It’s set down, he puts it up, it looks good, watch it, watch it … yeah yeah yeah yeah! He kicked the whatchamacallit out of it!” 

Another early favorite of Andy Johnson fans is from the 1973 Georgia win over Tennessee:

“Georgia’s got a first down on the Tennessee 26, the stadium rocking, the stadium can’t believe it… Georgia is 8 and a half yards away, minute 17, minute 16, minute 15, second down on the 8 and a half. Andy’s gonna take it give it to Harrison …  Faked it! Andy Johnson! Touchdown Andy Johnson! Touchdown Andy Johnson! What a fake, they hit Harrison dead on the 9 and Andy bootlegged to the left and scored. My God Georgia beat Tennesee in Knoxville.”  

And then there’s another call of a famous kick, Kevin Butler’s 60-yarder to break a tie with Clemson at Sanford Stadium in 1984:

“So we’ll try to kick one 100,000 miles, we’re holding it on our own 49 and a half, gonna try to kick 60 yards plus a foot and a half, and Butler kicks a long one, Butler kicks a long one … Oh my God! Oh My God! … The stadium is worse than bonkers. Eleven seconds … I can’t believe what he did. This is ungodly!” 

Indeed. Great Munson memories. Any others that you’re particularly fond of?

107 comments Add your comment

Blindog

May 1st, 2009
10:02 am

There will never be another Munson…NEVER

Blindog

May 1st, 2009
10:04 am

ANnd by the way I never liked Milo.

Spike

May 1st, 2009
10:22 am

UGA @ Kentucky in 1978 was one of his best. “Rex Robinson out of Marietta, Georgia!…” “Some of those Georgia people well, they may never make it home now..” Classic!

MDG

May 1st, 2009
10:48 am

“The stadium is worse thank bonkers!”

After Butler “kicked a longe one” to beat Clemson.

Lastgrad

May 1st, 2009
10:56 am

I always loved it when Larry would say when the running was meet by a Georgia tackler, ” and a host of Georiga Bulldawgs!”

Iceman

May 1st, 2009
10:57 am

“Stafford retreats, looks, pumps, throws…TOUCHDOWN! MY GOD A TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN! Massaquoi!!!”

There will never be another like him.

Dawgs20

May 1st, 2009
11:02 am

Larry Munson is just as big as any other Bulldog. He is the man!!!! I loved his style and his voice. And you are right bilndog there will NEVER be another. As a younger DAWG I never have heard the call at the end of the Sugar Bowl victory over Notre Dame. Does anyone know where I can find that? I like the call against Tech in like 96, or 97 when Brooking was called for interference and UGA wins with a pass to Corey Allen in the end zone. “And our heart that was torn from our chest and bleeding we just picked it up and stuffed in back inside” Or something like that.

FLDAWG

May 1st, 2009
11:03 am

Thanks for the memories. For me it was Butler beating Clemson. I still remember driving down I-20 listening to the game. Unbelievable that after 25 years, I can still remember where I was for a football game…Munson was the best.

Dawg Daddy

May 1st, 2009
11:03 am

We can’t forget the memorable calls and phrases when the Dawgs are losing. You felt Munson’s pain when he said, “Lady Luck is just spittin’ on us,” “Hard waves of nausea roll over the stadium,” “Their huge, old guys are just beatin’ on our linemen. We’re just so young!” “Hunker down, you guys!” and “The clock just keeps movin’. We’ve only got 95 seconds and no timeouts left.”

The guy made me a fan when I was a kid. Thanks, Larry.

Dawgs20

May 1st, 2009
11:10 am

Seriously I would love to know where I can find that Notre Dame call. Or if there is a place where I can get some of his calls for cheap or free, 50-75 dollars is not to feasible to spend on the greatest calls right now.

btugadog

May 1st, 2009
11:11 am

Wow, what memories this brings back. My wife nor I went to UGA, but we have season tickets to both football and Women’s basketball and it was Munson that made us fans of the school.

I remember that kick by Robinson in 1978. My brother and I sat in my bed room and listened to that game. We had a special interest in Rex because we went to the same church that his mom and dad and family went to. WONDERFUL people!

I guess, for me, there are just so many ones that I remember. My grandmother ran a little flower shop that sat on Peachtree Road between the Peachtree Battle shopping center and the old Peach’s Records and Tapes. She was a bit of a Tech Fan because she had a lot of customers that were, but I was red and black all the way. I would work a lot of fall Saturday afternoons with Larry giving me “the picture” on the air.

I found something the other day that was a treat to hear again. I have a tape that I made that has most of the last drive of the 82 Auburn game. It is complete with the post game show (and I had forgotten that Larry use to ask the coach questions from the press box in one segment) and a Hix Green Buick ad where GM had just announced amazing finance rates of 11.2% on a new car!!! WOW, imagine that…. and if some in our government have their way we may see those rates again with the inflation that is coming… but I digress!!!

Anyway, on behalf of all of us folks that Munson made fans let me just say THANK YOU! Saturdays in the fall are still special to me and my family, and I have Munson to thank for that!!!! There will NEVER be another Larry!

Happy Friday and GO DAWGS!!!!!

Dawg All The Way

May 1st, 2009
11:18 am

There never will be another Munson! Regardless of whether or not you are a GA fan (although I can’t fathom being any other type) you just have to appreciate the gravely growl and colorful calling of the game. You didn’t have to be in the stadium or watch a televised coverage to know EXACTLY what was going on. Scott (Howard) does a good job, but he’ll never fill The Man’s shoes – Go Bulldawgs!

Dawg4Life

May 1st, 2009
11:28 am

With Munson I always felt like he was calling the game just for me. I get chills when I hear some of his best calls. I remember as a teenager listening to Georgia games while cutting grass on an old snapper riding lawnmower and almost jumping off the thing when Georgia scored. I will always think of two things when I think of Georgia: Uga and Larry Munson.

BeachGaBulldog

May 1st, 2009
11:32 am

Yeah, all of those Munson calls are awesome. My favorite is the 1980 Florida “Run Lindsay Run” game. He is the greatest announcer ever, in my opinion. I never liked Scott Howard, so when Larry left the mike, I quit listening.

Mike

May 1st, 2009
11:32 am

I am, and always have been, a Tech fan. But I always listened to UGA on the radio just to listen to Munson. It was especially good to listen to him when UGA was losing. But he was great, no doubt about it. You felt his joy and his dejection.

Robert

May 1st, 2009
11:36 am

Great calls on the Butler kick and Andy Johnson. In ‘78 or ‘79, Georgia had a long string of road games and comeback wins.During, I think, the Kentucky game in Lexington on a Saturday, as he called on the Dogs to “hun-ker down one more time,” he wondered aloud to the Georgia faithful,” How long…can we keep doing it…on the ROAD?”

jakesdad

May 1st, 2009
11:38 am

I’m 2nd generation Tech so I don’t have any particularly fond memories but I will openly admit that Larry’s the best CFB announcer there’s even been (& likely ever will be)!

Dawggirl86

May 1st, 2009
11:44 am

Larry’s one of us…the Bulldog Faithful. I had season tickets for years, but when I quit going to road games, and started to listening to Larry again (since I’d been at the games during and after my years at UGA, I’d missed the radio since high school), I realized that I’d been missing out on years of Larry! He’s amazing. I miss hearing him call the games. In ways, listening to Larry was better than being at the game live!

Congratulations on the Hall of Fame honor, Larry…it’s well deserved. GO DAWGS!

Earl of Clemson

May 1st, 2009
11:49 am

I was at Clemson during the Herschel Walker/Danny Ford/Vince Dooley era. Clemson games started at 1:00 p.m. and I believe Georgia games often started at 1:30 p.m. My friends and I would leave Memorial Stadium and head back to the dorm room to listen to Munson call the last few minutes of the Georgia game. I remember “It’s a long, long, long Broadway punt” and “The big back goes for 6.” Other than maybe Woody Durham at UNC, no one was as good as Munson. The two saddest things to happen to college football (in my opinion) were the end of the Clemson-Georgia series and Munson retiring. Someone should bronze his voice.

Rabun Dawg

May 1st, 2009
11:51 am

“Well, the stadium just fell down, now they will have to rebuild this thing”, after the “Run lindsay Run” game in Jax!! And who can forget that day in Auburn,” Hey you guys, I hate to ask you again, but HUNKER DOWN one more time, followed by “They broke it up, they broke it up, they broke it up”. UGA broadcasts just not the same, but nothing is forever!

Ben

May 1st, 2009
11:53 am

So many great memories…. in my life there have been many times I’ve been out on the town and I’ve seen something crazy, or seen someone does something stupid, and my immediate reaction is “Man, is there gonna be some property destroyed tonight!”

Savannah Dawg

May 1st, 2009
11:55 am

The Bulldog Nation has collectively pulled for Scott Howard because we all understand the enormous shoes he has to fill. As a younger dawg, I’ve heard my parents stories of the 1980 GA-FL game and subsequent Sugar Bowl along with numerous other games from the 70’s and 80’s. Larry’s calls give chillbumps every time we listen and see those games, even now. There are so many great games that were so meaningful to Georgia, the 2002 Auburn game has not been mentioned yet, I don’t think. Larry’s calls will live forever, and we only wish that he will too.

My dog is named “Munson,” by the way-

mexdawg

May 1st, 2009
11:55 am

I was eleven years old when Munson broadcast his first GEORGIA game.It was a lot different back then.There were usually only one or two college games on tv each week and one of those was usually Notre Dame so all we had was radio and boy was it great.I remember listening to all the Georgia games each fall.Munson would paint the picture for us.We lived and died with every call.I didn’t attend my first GEORGIA game until I was 15.What a thrill.I remember the tracks,the old Texaco scoreboard with the bulldog holding the club with a nail,Poss’s bar-b-que sandwiches and Kelley’s YMCA pee wee’s playing before the game.It was all great and Munson was always there to paint the picture for us.We miss you Larry.

Dawg4Life

May 1st, 2009
12:03 pm

I grew up listening to Munson. He defined broadcasting for me. Eric and Scott are great guys, but they will never replace or live up to Larry. No one can!

UGA Mumm-Ra

May 1st, 2009
12:06 pm

We come up to the line. The stadium rocks and rolls. There’s no way we can do it with one second. Snap. We pick up the blitz, and Bobo throws that thing in the end zone and…Touch! Touchdown! Touchdown on the goal line!

dean

May 1st, 2009
12:06 pm

Someone should step on his face with a hob-nailed boot
and break his big nose!!! GO VOLS!!!

George

May 1st, 2009
12:13 pm

Everybody knows “hobnail boot” and “our heart that was torn out and bleeding, we picked it up and put it back inside”. Munson, however, made some vintage calls before he ever got to Georgia. In calling the finals of the Mideast Regional basketball finals in 1966 it was “Who could believe it, little Vanderbilt leads Mighty Michigan!!”

The best may have been, “This one’s going down to the wire, folks. Hang on. We’ve got Gish coming into the game. It’ll be Vandy’s ball out of bounds. Wait a minute. What’s this? Gish has lost his pants! Bob Polk has pulled off Lance Gish’s pants in front of six thousand screaming fans! The place is going crazy”

Most folks forget that 2 SEC schools claim him as their all-time best.

UGAnSFLA

May 1st, 2009
12:13 pm

Loved listening to Larry when I couldn’t make it to a game or when the Dawgs were on the road. In the late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s there weren’t a lot of games on TV, but Munson really could “paint the picture” and make you feel the emotion of the game. Thanks for all the memories Larry!

Ed

May 1st, 2009
12:22 pm

I remember Munson calling Lindsay Scott’s 99-yard kickoff return at LSU in ‘78. I was in Lakeland, FL and the broadcast was crystal clear. I also remember the ‘78 Kentucky game and Munson mentioning before the field goal try that he met Robinson’s parents before the game, and he already missed two field goals. The guy was pessimistic in an enduring way.

In general, I remember the vivid descriptions of the weather, of the crowd trying to “push it’s way in” just before kickoff, of Georgia trying “to save ourselves”, of the half-yards and foots or inches to go, such as “we’re third down and a yard and a foot” or “we’re 4th and 3 inches.” Larry Munson is truly an original, there will never be another like him.

dianne

May 1st, 2009
12:23 pm

In the late 60’s early 70’s Munson was the voice of the Vanderbilt Commodores. Their football team – not so great; their basketball team – wonderful. He painted a picture then too. When I moved to Atlanta in 1974 it was wonderful to be able to listen to him again. Congrats Larry for all the years you made us feel a part of the game.

Dave in Buford

May 1st, 2009
12:24 pm

My two favorites are from my freshman year at UGA, perhaps because they introduced me to Larry’s style of narrative, a style which I fear will prevent me from enjoying anyone else’s call.

The first has already been discussed … the 1978 road game at Kentucky. I listened to it at my mother’s home in Rabun County and because the signal was faint and scratchy on an old AM radio, it took on a special feel which was truly thrilling. Although the call on the final Robinson kick was great, my main memory was of the final drive, during which Munson breathlessly called out the time repeatedly as seconds rather than minutes between each play … “Willie McClendon DRIVING over the right side five, seven, TEN yards … 99, 98, 97 … Jeff Pyburn brings them back up to the line … 94, 93, 92 !!”

By the time he got to the final kick, Munson was wrung out and so was I … it was wonderful.

The second was the Georgia Tech game the same year … the game was a see-saw affair in which Georgia got up early only to fall behind, get close again on a punt return by Scott Woerner only to have Tech run the ensuing kickoff back 100 yards and on top of that get a two point conversion, so there was plenty of exciting stuff for Munson. At any rate, the Dogs got the ball very late, tried to move and it boiled down to a fourth down play. Time was called, and during the timeout, the radio broadcast went to a station break … Munson did the usual “so a 20 second break, this is the Georgia Football Network” type of thing. However, after a pause, you heard Munson pipe up again:

“There is no sense in going away, because you KNOW it’s not gonna end like this!”

And they went to a station break. Of course, it didn’t end like that, and Munson knew it before the rest of us did.

I am going to miss his call more than I can possibly say … the greatest compliment I can come up with is to say that when he said “All right, get the picture now…”, we did. Every single time.

DawgGirl32

May 1st, 2009
12:29 pm

I have some of Larry’s best calls on my iPod and when I’m listening in my car with my iPod on shuffle and they come on I always get chills.

I had the opportunity of meeting him randomly on my birthday in December this year. My bf and I went to the movie theatre at noon on a Thursday to return some tickets to a movie we didn’t see and while we’re at the box office we see this elderly guy walk up with a female caretaker and he was wearing all Georgia attire. I mean from head to toe. Georgia hat, shirt, pants, everything. My bf turned to me and whispered “do you know who that is??” and I did. Then he spoke and there was no denying it. We walked up and asked if he was Mr.Munson and he said he was. And then we just shook his hand and told him what an honor it was to meet him. We asked him if he thought about the upcoming bowl game and he said “I’m not sure if they’re prepared mentally.” Smart guy. We told him to have a great day and we left. Best birthday present EVER.

Dr. Phil

May 1st, 2009
12:30 pm

Munson was good as a Braves announcer, and he added a lot to Georgia games. I can’t remember what game it was when Georgia made a play, and the mike just went dead, like Larry had collapsed.

Michael Scharff

May 1st, 2009
12:33 pm

I think it was a UGA/Clemson game, not sure which year (1980?) when Scott Woerner either took it to the house or almost did, and Munson yelled out – SCOTT WOERNER – 97 Yards!

Fergdawg

May 1st, 2009
12:41 pm

Georgia vs. Yech in ‘97 was classic Munson…something along the lines of “they tore our hearts out and we picked it back up and put it in our chest”. The whole fourth quarter you can hear him living and dying with every call. It’s vintage and doesn’t get mentioned much at all.

murfdawg

May 1st, 2009
12:52 pm

The call in the KY game in 1978 is the most memorable for me and my neighbors. As Munson started yelling Yeah, Yeah,Yeah, my wife and I started yelling at the top of our lungs, jumping up and down, dancing around the living room(with the drapes open)and somehow glasses and beer bottles were being thrown at the fireplace with cries of “Take that!!” It was a warm October night and all the windows were open and my neighbors(who were from Michigan) were returning from watching a chick flick. The next morning there were groups of neighbors standing around talking and looking and pointing at my house. when I approached one group, the spokesman said that if I my wife and I have a fight we should at least keep the drapes drawn and the windows closed.

Only Munson could evoke that kind of emotion!!My wife and I have held season tix since 1973 and will celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary Monday. I hope Scott Howard can do for the new Bulldogs, what Munson did for the old ones.

Royal Dawg

May 1st, 2009
12:53 pm

GT game Bobo to Allen, “Touchdown Touchdown in the corner! We took are heart bleeding on the sidewalk and we shoved it back in and drove down the field!” That is close to what he said! Another good one was the Auburn game where Stan white got stuffed and couldn’t get another play off before the clock ran out. Nothing like Munson begging the guys to stay down!

Andrew

May 1st, 2009
1:04 pm

Sadly, Larry did not call the 1981 Sugar Bowl vs. Notre Dame. I believe the radio rights were restricted to Mutual or CBS. I remember wishing I could Listen to him as the game ended.

Ben

May 1st, 2009
1:07 pm

Go to Larry’s website, larrymunson.com and click on the Audio Vault to listen to his unforgettable calls. There will never be another one close to him. Thanks for all the memories, Larry! Go Dawgs!

NRBQ

May 1st, 2009
1:12 pm

What I wouldn’t give to spend an afternoon bass-fishing with Mr. Munson in his pond.

That said: Mr. Howard (if you’re reading), outstanding job this year! May your career be as long as Larry’s.

RH

May 1st, 2009
1:16 pm

Bill…you’ve captured all the great ones here. I also fondly remember the David Greene-to-Michael Johnson pass on the Plains…the kickoff return by Lindsay Scott at Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night…and being a Washington County native – I’m partial to his call of Robert Edwards’ final touchdown against the Gators in 1997.

Jeff

May 1st, 2009
1:19 pm

Great column, Bill! Those of us in the Bulldog Nation will always treasure Larry’s calls, because there will never be another Munson. You mentioned some of the all-time greats, but some of my favorites are as follows:

3. It was a game we didn’t win, but the 1985 game against Alabama…. Labor Day weekend, a night game, between the hedges…. Larry said we’d been behind “for 16 hours” or something… then we block a Bama punt and he’s screaming “get on the ball” and “Touchdown!” about 5 times! Then, Mike Shula drove the Tide down the field in the last 80 seconds to beat us, and you could hear how crushed Munson was (we all were)… but it was great drama in about a 5 minute window.

2. The UGA-Clemson game in 1984…. I remember because I was 14 and the game was NOT televised because the Tigers were on probation. So the only “video” of the game was ABC break-ins about every half hour. Well, I was listening to the final minute, when Georgia got to midfield and Kevin Butler came out to try a 60-plus yard field goal…. and I swear to you, i grabbed the family Bible and held it as Larry made that call… “it’s a long one… a long one… Oh my God! Oh my God!!!” It was amazing to hear that… And somehow, I thought between Larry’s pleading and the family Bible that God DID help that kick sail through the uprights!

1. Finally, the 2002 Georgia-Auburn game on The Plains… the Dogs had a chance to win the SEC, but had fallen behind the Tigers. I remember Larry saying bitterly “We’ve had some shots, haven’t we?”, summing up what we ALL felt, that Georgia had blown it and didn’t have a chance. Well, calmly, David Greene put up that pass to the corner, and suddenly Larry EXPLODED as Michael Johnson caught it for a score… he just blurted out “TOUCHDOWN! MY GOD A TOUCHDOWN!” It was so unexpected, and that’s what made it so great. My heart lept with excitement, and I let out a blood-curdling howl of joy… good thing I was alone at work, listening to the radio, otherwise I would’ve scared the bejesus out of someone! I remember calling my wife and screaming “We’re going out to celebrate tonight!” She didn’t know exactly why her crazy husband was taking her to a steak dinner at 9 p.m. that night, or why he was hollering like a lunatic, but she did have an idea as she heard Larry blaring on the radio behind my phone call…. “I take it Georgia won?” she calmly asked.

Those were some great calls, and I consider it an honor that I got to hear Larry Munson’s broadcasts for 30 years before he retired. We all love you and treasure you, Larry, and we miss hearing your voice on Saturdays in the fall. God bless you and Go Dogs!!!!!

UGA 79

May 1st, 2009
1:21 pm

Remember when Auburn ran on the one without a timeout left and Munson told the Dog defenders to “lay down you guys”…….. Auburn never got the next play off before the clock ran out. “We saved ourselves, no…old lady luck saved us”!

Larry, you will always be the “12th man”!

AltamahaDawg

May 1st, 2009
1:22 pm

DawgGirl32, that has got to be the idea of the year! Munson’s calls randomly mixed in the iPod. I am definetely going to work on that. You are a very smart young lady, if I haven’t expressed that already.

Matt Rountree

May 1st, 2009
1:35 pm

Larry was and still is my hero. Georgia games will never be the same……………ever!!! Meeting my idol at Picture day in ‘95 was one of the coolest experiences in my life!

Larry said phrases like “we” and “our guy.” His broadcast were deep and rich, yet they contained an so much exvcitement.

I even enjoyed the broadcasts he did with the Falcons. During the early 90s during a playoff runs.

Stanger

May 1st, 2009
1:54 pm

I never thought he was that good. Sort of surprising he is in the HOF.Oh well.

c

May 1st, 2009
2:05 pm

Tech in 2000: “They are just too big and too strong for us. Tech is looking like they might score 150. They are running over us like we are Wake Forest or Maryland or somebody.”

Stephen

May 1st, 2009
2:08 pm

I don’t know if anyone else agrees but I really wouldn’t mind Buck Belue calling Georgia games. He’s got a great Southern Voice, a deadpan delivery, and he’s a Dawg himself. I’ve never understood why he’s not on anyone’s list. Any takers?

griffindawg

May 1st, 2009
2:08 pm

At the beginning of every game 3 words still make my skin crawl…and now the legendary voice of the georgia bulldawgs, Larry Munson. Then he would say “GET THE PICTURE”.

Meaney Mouse

May 1st, 2009
2:26 pm

I’m not even a DawgFan. But man, that Munson sure could preach a sermon from the broadcast booth.

“RUN LINDSAY RUN”
“THEY HAD US DOWN AND BLEEDING, KICKING US WITH HOBNAILED BOOTS”… or something or other like that.

Preston

May 1st, 2009
2:31 pm

Too many memories to choose from. Larry is missed in the booth. I would never listen to the television during UGA football games. Watch it on TV with the sound coming from the radio to hear Larry. It’s not the same any more.

Right On Time

May 1st, 2009
2:36 pm

Getting old SUCKS!!!!! I was dreading games without Muns for years because we knew it was coming. It is just not the same, nor will it ever be again. Games without Larry are almost like changing the uni’s, not playing Glory Glory or not having Uga on the sideline. We still love the games but something is just off. I missed him terribly this year.

I liked it when he would make simple little comments like the one after the 2002 SECCG when he said, “this is a very, very good football team”.

Anyway, I am a sentimental fool, but I love that guy. It is worse than losing Lewis Grizzard, who I still miss alot.

Erk

May 1st, 2009
2:38 pm

I remember his call of Lindsay Scott’s 99 yard TD kickoff return at an LSU night game I believe from 78 or 79. I heard Vince Dooley speak one night on what happened right before kickoff of that game. LSU’s crazy night crowd would get louder each time they heard Mike the Tiger roar in his cage on the sidelines. About that time UGA comes by the cage on his leash as Mike acts like he’s gonna eat UGA right there. Instead of UGA backing down, he gets right up on the edge of Mike’s cage, barks a couple of times, and Mike retreats to the other side of his cage, and takes a poop. Dooley then looks at his team and says, “Come on men, we’re gonna win this one.” Sure enough, the Dawgs won that night.

DawgGirl32

May 1st, 2009
3:21 pm

Haha thanks AltamahaDawg. Listening to Larry makes my weekly commute from Atlanta to Athens a little more bearable.

goodgurl

May 1st, 2009
4:05 pm

Wow…wonderful article and wonderful comments. Reading this gave me chills and tears. He is one of a kind and I hope he sincerely knows how much his words and excitement for the games touched us. If I couldn’t be at the game, I would turn the TV on if I was near one (muted) and turn the AM radio on! I never felt like I wasn’t at the game. The passion in his voice and the grit in his words were enough to make me smell the tailgates!!! God Bless you Larry and congratulations!

Right on Time….yeah…I miss Lewis also…you are gonna make me cry! Just isn’t the same with out him on game day!

dawgman

May 1st, 2009
4:12 pm

It took me an entire year to figure out that “down in the corner” meant we scored…only later,probably after a prompting, did Larry add “for a touchdown”. And the time the holier-than-thou Atlanta media decided that,”my God oh mighty, he(Hershel) just ran over two people” was somehow bad language on the airways….only to find out Larry could say whatever he wanted to say. Period.

dawgman

May 1st, 2009
4:20 pm

Or those classic Munson countdowns that forced half the state onto blood pressure medication… minute sixteen, minute fifteen, minute fourteen…WATCH THE CLOCK, the wind and crowd and the scoreboard are all against us……minute three, minute two WATCH THE CLOCK.

Don’t you know people from Ohio driving down 75 had no clue what southern football was all about until they heard those calls.

JenChicktastic

May 1st, 2009
4:23 pm

I have Larry calls mixed in on my iPod too – I have a mix of just UGA related music: Redcoat Band and songs about UGA and its mixed with some of the most famous Larry calls. We listen to it every game and I swear – when it plays through the loud speakers at the tailgate on North Campus people just stop and listen.

No one will ever be the voice of the Bulldawg Nation like Larry – he’s gonna be missed for sure!

GO DAWGS!

Sautee Dawg

May 1st, 2009
4:48 pm

My favorite call was the Kevin Butler kick against Clemson, Sitting at the Veterans Club listening having a drink at the time and Munson made it sound like the 100,000 mile kick would never end.
One thing a good Broadcaster does is make the listener sit closer to the radio and next thing you know he or she will have their ear turned toward the speaker like they can’t hear enough or, maybe that’s just a good broadcasters way of pulling in an audience, Munson could sure do that.

Cuz

May 1st, 2009
5:12 pm

When he said look at the Sugar falling out of the sky, me and seventy others in the front yard on South Millidge looked up in the air.

There will never be another Munson. Don’t be too hard on Scott. It is difficult following the master.

Rex Robinson

May 1st, 2009
8:16 pm

I had a chance to thank Larry for making a very short field goal very memorable. I am blessed to have a recording of the entire last quarter. The comeback and the last drive were remarkable with many great plays by Amp Arnold, Willie McClendon and Jeff Pyburn. The genuine emotion through the last entire drive was what stands out to me. 4 minutes and 3 seconds of pure adrenaline. Thanks again Larry.

Ron

May 2nd, 2009
8:30 am

From 2000…”Tech is moving it up aqnd down the field on us like we were Maryland or Wake Forest or somebody”

Brock D

May 2nd, 2009
8:45 am

Stanger: You sir, are an idiot!

Vol in GA

May 2nd, 2009
9:15 am

Larry Munson could call a game, I won’t argue that. It was fun listening to a game he was calling. I have to argue for John Ward though. For those of you that heard him, their sounds were different, but the styles were similar. The both lived and died by what happened on the field, and they are both missed. I still get chills when I hear a recording of “It’s football time in Tennessee!”

MH Brown

May 2nd, 2009
9:22 am

You’ve got to be kidding. I listened to Munson since the early 1970s and he was the worst play-by-play or color man this side of Phil Rizzuto. He was terrible. Just because you stick around for 40 years doesn’t make you good. Sorry, Bulldog nation.

Boggs

May 2nd, 2009
9:37 am

I’m a TECH fan, but I’m not about to talk about Larry’s descriptions of TECH’s
few bright moments against the DAWGs. Sunday night Sports TALK on WSB;
I’m the producer/director. First time meeting LARRY on the job, I say
‘I’m a TECH fan.’ Larry does not come on braggin’ like a dog.

He is supremely subtle. ‘You know I think we should move that game
to the beginning of the season instead of the end. Might generate more interest,
doesn’t mean that much any more.’ The subtlety had a delayed effect.

I’ve thought about it for years. He didn’t say “Dawgs’ll beat the Jackets
anytime” like a fan off the farm would. It was just subtle disregard.
NOT THAT important ANY MORE. Now-a-days it is a lil more
important. That meeting was mid 80s

Eric Dye

May 2nd, 2009
9:40 am

Larry Munson is Georgia tradition. When you think of Georgia football, you think of red & black, gorgeous Saturday fall Georgia days & Larry Munson…let alone the UNIQUE one of a kind broadcaster he was. No one could ever imitate him and be like him….well maybe I CAN! ;)

Eric Dye

May 2nd, 2009
9:43 am

MH BROWN…..saw your comment…so who do you suggest could be better than Munson. I am very curious. So would you say Pete Van Wieren was not good too?

twodawgs

May 2nd, 2009
9:51 am

Munson was great. We saw it all, on the radio!!!

Deneendawg

May 2nd, 2009
10:04 am

1980 in Jacksonville, I will never forget as a 16 yr old kid, that was the best!

BleedingRed and Black

May 2nd, 2009
10:40 am

Look, this is a honor page For Munson. Everyone knows he is great thats why he being put into a selection as one of the BEST of all time.

Yamadawg

May 2nd, 2009
12:28 pm

“Get the picture”… and I was there, right on the field. Instantly, I could feel the breeze and the electricity in the air. Chill bumps. Butterflies. He is why I never heard the television broadcast and why I always took a radio to the home games. Like another commented earlier I also remember vividly where I was when Butler’s kick defeated Clemson, when the Dawgs hung on to defeat Au-bunn and the sugar fell from the sky, when Hershel plowed over Bates, and all of those other remarkable calls. Munson had the gift of the ability to channel all of the emotion and intensity of the contest and present it such a manner that you became involved in it actively. I never recall listening to any broadcast and feeling like a spectator, but always felt like a participant. He just set the stage and pulled us in. We, as Dawgs fans have been fortunate to have enjoyed much success and have seen tremendous teams with incredibly gifted athletes wear the red and black through the years. Larry Munson took this palet and painted us into the picture of Georgia football he made even more emotionally charged and often larger than life. He singlehandedly took it to the next level. For that I am eternally grateful. Thank you Larry. GO DAWGS!!!

UGADAWG1984

May 2nd, 2009
12:48 pm

Listening to Munson on Saturday afternoon while riding around with my father in his F100 pickup truck was what made me decide at an early age I wanted to go to college at Georgia. I was a first generation college graduate and the degree came from UGA because of a hard-working, 9th grade educated industrial electrician father and learning to love the DAWGS from listening to Munson. I am thankful for both men!!!

NashvilleforUGA

May 2nd, 2009
1:27 pm

The Hobnail boot call will always be special bc I was at that game in Knoxville in the UT section and it was priceless how loud that stadium was and then how silent….but one that i also love was against Alabama forget the year….end of the game Alabama driving:

“Carswell intercepted, Carswell intercepted, Carswell saved our fannies, the sideline is mobbing Carswell”

we miss ya, Larry.

Ed

May 2nd, 2009
4:22 pm

Erk, I’m proud of UGA standing up to Mike the Tiger at LSU in ‘78…but thank God for that cage!

Kathy

May 3rd, 2009
11:25 am

Where can I get in touch with Hershel Walker? I was wondering if I could ask him to drop in on a high school principal’s retirement luncheon-this man idolized #34.

Glenn

May 3rd, 2009
1:35 pm

Yamadawg said it all! If you were 300 miles away from the game, it was as if you were right there! No one could make you “see’ the action over the radio like Larry. Chills EVERYTIME I hear the replays! When he goes they’d better have his funeral at Sanford Stadium out of respect and to handle the crowd!

Johnny DangerDawg

May 3rd, 2009
7:51 pm

There was a great quote in the Hobnail Boot game (I think). Larry said something like, “They ripped out our hearts and threw them on the ground… but we just picked up our hearts, stuck ‘em back in, and marched right back down the field.” Anybody else remember this one?

carl woods

May 3rd, 2009
8:12 pm

There will never be a greater call, ever than Buck Belue to Lindsey Scott. I was there on the field, sidelines that is, and heard the recall a million times. The best play ever for UGA.

tybeeone

May 3rd, 2009
8:31 pm

Larry was truly the best. I’ve noticed a couple of times people have asked where they could get the call from the 1981 Sugar Bowl against Notre Dame. He didn’t call that game. Back then the local teams weren’t allowed to do the game. In one of those “Best of Georgia Football” videos he explained how Dick Payne and he watched the game from their hotel room in New Orleans.

Hal Vernon

May 3rd, 2009
8:32 pm

And Tech is running through us like we are Maryland or Wake Forest or someone. One of the best….

Ozzfest

May 3rd, 2009
8:34 pm

The soundtrack of my 40 years on earth is punctated by THE BEATLES & LARRY MUNSON. Larry is right there with George, Paul, John & Ringo…they all laid it down, with all of their hearts….and captured what it means to be alive, the emotion, the ups & downs, and in some very pure way…LOVE. If I live to be 100 I am quite confident I will feel the same way about these gentlemen then. Perhaps, in heaven I can have a good smoke with all of them…albeit very difference substances.

FLDAWG

May 3rd, 2009
9:03 pm

If you bleed Red & Black, you will always remember Larry Munson. He was one of a kind, he was the best. Larry, I have and will continue to miss you in the booth.

To all Georgia fans, don’t hold Scott Howard upto Munson. Howard will make his great calls as well and in the end make his on mark on Georgia Football. He will be a great annoucer in his own right.

Thanks for the memories Larry.

frank

May 3rd, 2009
9:06 pm

larry munson made uga football. i wish we had him at geogia tech

Cola Dawg

May 3rd, 2009
9:10 pm

The Lindsay Scott call with the tag line from the end of the 1980 Florida game about the property being destroyed will always be my favorite single line. I also treasure–and use, at every opportunity, with attribution to Larry–”MAN, He REALy RACKED him!” for a great hit.

BromoMichael

May 3rd, 2009
9:13 pm

Of course all the great calls mentioned above, but also the little things like…
“The crowd’s spitting venom at us.”
“Look at the clock. Just look at the stupid clock. It hasn’t moved in an at least an hour.”
“…And we kicked the ball a mile!”
“Don’t you say anything now. You’re the one who got us in this mess in the first place.”
“We’ve got a man running down the field!”
“Ball on the 28 and a half…” (It never was quite on the yard line).
“I’m worried about (you name it)…”

I’ll take Munson calling the last 106 — and a half — seconds or so of a game any day over anyone. Thanks Larry! Hunker it down one more time!

Brandon

May 3rd, 2009
9:13 pm

Munson will always be the man!!!!!!

Chuck Carswell

May 3rd, 2009
9:15 pm

I love how Munson parts of speech make there way into our own vernacular… whachamacallit, Old Lady Luck, stupid clock.

I agree with Nashville for Georgia – all time favorite is Chuck Carswell’s 1990 INT against Bama.
Alabama up to the line, is this the last time of the day for them? 43 seconds, Alabama on their own 44. Where does he throw it. Three left, and one to the right. He’s back to throw, he’s throwing long to the left, Carswell intercepts on the 33! Carswell fell down on the 40! Carswell intercepted! Carswell saved our fannies! And the Dawgs will have the ball on the 40! The team is mobbing Carswell!

Greg Augusta

May 3rd, 2009
10:03 pm

“A minute and 46, a minute 45. Dawgs are trying to save themselves. Kentucky’s in a 5-5.” My mother, a UGA alum, glared at the radio and said, “Hush Larry!!!!! I can’t take it anymore.” Rex Robinson finished Larry’s work after Mama had left the room. She really couldn’t take it!

Iceman

May 3rd, 2009
10:08 pm

He doesn’t say “Run Lindsay Run”…it’s just “Run Lindsay!”

It’s getting scary how many people actually think it’s the former.

JacketFan

May 3rd, 2009
10:22 pm

I know it’s been mentioned, but the “Hobnail Boot” call will remain for me the best call in CFB history. I was listening to the game with my girlfriend and best friend as we drove back to Atlanta from a wedding in Montgomery. My allegiances to Tech aside, I always listened to Munson anytime I could. We were driving and listening to the game and my gf and friend were both UGA grads and I remember how down they were and then discovering the game was getting me down too. What the heck? I’m a Tech fan! But that’s what Munson did. He brought you into the game with such emotion-you wanted the Dawgs to win if for no other reason than to hear that man happy and excited. Anyway, we’re driving and on the edge of our seats and then Greene tosses it in there and Munson delivers his famous call. We were in traffic in B’ham and the looks on the other drivers’ faces were absolutely priceless. The whole car was rocking and were all laughing and shouting hysterically. It was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had with CFB. We all felt part of something so remarkable and wonderful and I attribute much of that feeling to Munson’s energy and enthusiasm for the game and for Georgia (I mean, what other announcer do you hear using third-person pronouns like “us” “we” and “our” to describe a team on the field). I cannot imagine college football without this guy. Best of luck to you, Mr. Munson and congratulations to your induction into the HoF.

ol lady luck

May 3rd, 2009
10:27 pm

The heart comment came from the Tech game where Bobo brought us back down the field. After the last Tech touch, Munson said something to the effect of “They’ve ripped out our hearts and stomped on them. Blood is pouring down North Avenue.”

Cobb Dawg

May 3rd, 2009
11:40 pm

The absolute correct line from Larry to Loran is “Loran, whata’ya got” Not “Whatcha got” , not ” Whatayou have”, none of the those. Listen to the tapes.

PHIL

May 4th, 2009
2:49 am

I was in college in Athens in 1980. Sitting on a tail gate of a truck listening ot Herschel run over poor Bill Bates. “Run Lindsey, Run!” gives me goose bumps as do a million other calls Larry made. There will never be another like him. God bless Larry Munson because He has blessed us with him.

GA Born

May 4th, 2009
8:52 am

My FAVORITE memory is the victory in Athens last November, when UGA honored Doo-less and Munson. 45-42. AWSOME

John

May 4th, 2009
9:03 am

Earnest

May 4th, 2009
9:10 am

Larry was the man. I was glad too see Hershel leave his junior year.
If he HAD stayed through his senior year Larry would have had a heart attack.
Hershel breaks one tackle, he’s at the 20 HERSHEL RUNS OVER TWO
DEFENDERS, GO YOU HERSHEL,HERSHEL TOUCHDOWN, TOUSHDOWN

bubbadawg

May 4th, 2009
9:31 am

I remember Neil Boortz on RING Radio suggesting a federal grant to Milo to find out how much material goes into a stuffed shirt. Ironic…but funny!

Dawg_Em_Out

May 4th, 2009
11:33 am

Bulldawg Nation will never be able to replace his legacy, but we’ll never forget all the memories you gave us all larry! enjoy your retirement Mr. Munson! tribute video of the most famous larry munson calls. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMi9nwILsu4

MountainDawg

May 4th, 2009
12:11 pm

Larry was one of the greatest sports announcers…BAR NONE! He’ll be missed much by the Dawg Nation & his legend will live in UGA lore for the ages!

Dawg House

May 4th, 2009
12:16 pm

They wait until the man is in his eighties to do this?? Larry should have been inducted into this HOF 30 years ago. There never has been nor ever will be another Larry Munson.

Lee Dawg

May 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

The 60 yarder against Clemson will always stick in my mind!! I was working in the yard and listening on the radio. I lived in Spartanburg S.C. and was surrounded by Clemson fans! I was doing cartwheels and barking and screaming HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!!!!

Duluth Gator

May 4th, 2009
12:57 pm

Best college football announcer I ever heard.

Eye of the Tiger

May 4th, 2009
12:58 pm

I fear too many of Bulldog Nation has never heard this Munson story… he was wearing a red blazer with a black arm band (guess why) in the mid 1980s as he spoke at a Georgia Press luncheon in the Continued Ed building when he told the story…

Invited to speak to the greater Jacksonville Gator Club, Munson was on stage in a huge meeting hall waiting to be introduced. He noted there must’ve been over a thousand crammed into that room… “And the only ones who weren’t wearing orange and blue was me and the guy who came with me!”

When it came time for his introduction a man from the opposite end of the stadium approached the podium, pulled the mike down to a tape recorder and turned it on and returned to his seat. The recording was the replay of his Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott pass which caused the Gator faithful into a frenzie… “They were hollering and screaming, thumbs down and waving the bird. It was all good natured, but they were serious!”

In a few minutes he realized nobody was heading back to the podium… that WAS his introduction!

He finally approached the mike, but the crowd just kept on. Finally, as they began to settle down, Munson said, “You sons of bitches, I see now why Doug Dickey left you!!

TT44

May 5th, 2009
12:55 pm

NOBODY DOES IT BETTER! HE IS THE BEST! LARRY THANKS FOR THE GREAT TIME AND THOUGHT AND BEING A BULLDAWG! “WHADYA GOT LOREN?”!

Rusty Gunn

May 14th, 2009
3:42 pm

Bill, these quotes are awesome. And thanks for being accurate. “Run Lindsay run” is the most famous misquote since “Play it again, Sam.” Bogey never said that line and Munson never said “Run Lindsay run.” Maybe people are getting it mixed up with “Run, Run Rudolph”?

Bill King

May 14th, 2009
4:09 pm

Thanks, Rusty. Yeah, it’s amazing how “Run Lindsay run” has become what so many folks think he said!

AHS still rules!