Will you miss customized UGA football rebroadcasts?

Will you miss Buck Belue on the Georgia football rebroadcasts? (Rodney Ho / AJC)

Will you miss Buck Belue on the Georgia football rebroadcasts? (Rodney Ho / AJC)

As a UGA football legend, Buck Belue is beloved in the Bulldog Nation for, among other things, the comeback win over Tech during his freshman year and, of course, the 1980 pass to Lindsay Scott in Jacksonville.

As a broadcaster, though, there’s less of a consensus about Belue.

Some Georgia fans love Buck and his Valdosta drawl. Others I hear from can’t stand him as a TV color analyst (or radio talk show host, for that matter).

Well, the latter group won’t have Buck to kick around any more, at least as far as the CSS rebroadcasts of Georgia football games go. UGA associate athletics director Alan Thomas confirmed to Marc Weiszer of The Athens Banner-Herald that, as had been rumored for a while now, the CSS TV rebroadcasts of Georgia football games will simply be a repeat of the SEC broadcast rather than a unique production focusing on UGA.

That means the we’ll no longer have Belue paired with Matt Stewart or Bob Neal on the games.

Actually, Belue had hinted at this back in April when he wrote in his blog that he was debating whether to continue working the games on CSS because the logistics would be tough with him now doing the Braves radio pregame show.

Those fans not particularly enamored of Belue the broadcaster might hail this news, but I’ve always liked Buck and will miss having him do the games. Even more, I’ll miss the rebroadcast being a UGA-centric look at the game, especially since we get so little in the way of replays on Mark Richt’s TV show these days. (If you can remember back to those hourlong Vince Dooley shows, you know what I mean.)

What do you think of this move? Whether you’re a fan of Belue or not, do you think the Dogs program loses something by not having a customized UGA production on the rebroadcasts? Or in this DVR age is a rebroadcast even necessary?

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June 23rd, 2010
11:26 am

bass stringerfish

June 23rd, 2010
11:38 am

Since I don’t get to see these games anyway, nor can I hear him as a radio talk show personality, I don’t really care, but regarding Buck…I do get the Braves via XM and It’s hard for me to listen to him. He has some sort of strange tempo to his comments that just don;t seem to go with the subject. I can’t put my finger on it, but its annoying as Hell to me. Lemke seems a bit monotone, and Leo seems like he wants to come out of his chair and drop some F Bombs!I can deal with that better than whaterver it is Buck does. He seems to know his stuff though. Loving Scott Howard on the Play by play of the regular game…..

Coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2010
11:55 am

It just keeps getting worse. First we have to endure Scott “the screamer” Howard on radio play-by-play but now we only get Espn (reject coaches) like Bob Davie who sounds about 90% of the time like he is halfmin the bag by kickoff. I enjoyed the CSS UGA broadcasts with Buck and Matt.But I also am a longtime listener to Buck and the other guy (i refuse acknowledge Kincade)680 the Fan. It seems we’ll the wonderful insight of guys who can’t pronounce ours players names and loser coaches who couldn’t get another job. So all you Buck-haters cna rejoice when you here morons like Craig Bolerjack,Steve Berlien(sp?),Verne Lundquist(man-crush for Nick Saban), Trevor Matich, David Archer,etc.

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Coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2010
12:01 pm

It was nice becuase Buck had actual relationships with the players and coaches and gave actual insight instead of some guy who flys in Wednesday night attends the thursday walk through and then gives us little-to-no insight into the teams’ perspective coming into a game. I also forgot in my previous rant to include the biggest tool at ESPN Craig “the Phony” James. Mike Leach should lock him in tin shed for 8 hours. Does anybody in America like him?

Coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2010
12:03 pm

I would like to see the radio broadcast be Zeier and Butler and let Scott Howard do basketball and the morning show on WNGC.

Dawg Fan Forever

June 23rd, 2010
12:03 pm

The UGA rebroadcast is one of the main reason that I buy Comcast. Buck brought so much insight into the game that the national broadcasters never do. The school wonders why contributions are down: this type of action is one of the reasons. I live in Alabama and the Tide machine runs 365 days a year. Loyalty is bread into every Bama fan from birth to death. Georgia needs that kind of information program.

Coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2010
12:06 pm

The quality of the “Dawg Report” on CSS has dramatically decrease since Buck and Stinchcomb stopped doing it. I love Ray and Kelin but they just don’t bring it like Buck and Matt did.

Coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2010
12:10 pm

Dawgfan forever-
I agree I only keep comcast because of the “local feel” I get for the Dawgs. It would also be good if 680 would get rid of Kincade so that Buck can give the Dawgs the same air time that Finebaum gives Bammer. I don’t care about the thrashers or Hawks draft picks or world cup updates. I want to know what Aaron murray is doing and what Coach Richt thinks of our chances or the other football coaches for that matter.

Chris

June 23rd, 2010
12:19 pm

I’ll miss Matt Stewart. He got better every year with the play by play.
I am loathe to criticize Buck because I adored him as a player but that has nothing to do with his career(s) now.
There’s nothing he can do about it but that squealy, high pitched voice is hard for me to tolerate. He tried his best not to be a homer and had some good insights being so close to the program. The radio program is a whole different monster. He plays a good schill to Kincade’s sanctimonious tirades but somewhere along the way, he started punctuating his words like he took a really bad Columbia school of broadcasting course, i.e., every bad cliche on the planet, ‘carry the rock’, ’step up’, ‘110%’ (does anyone in all of athletics understand there is no such thing??)
Hate to say this…it’s so harsh but it’s life. If he doesn’t throw that pass to Lindsay Scott, does he have either job today or is he an assistant golf pro somewhere in GA?

Coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2010
12:22 pm

Does everybody who doesn’t like Buck’s delivery remember having to hear Bob Davie call Waushan Early for 3 hours. He is an embarrassment to humanity. Or Craig Bolerjack say Damien “Gray” and “Vernon Hayes” during the 2001 tenneshoes game. That is what you get with ESPN and CBS garbage rejects and guys whose claim-to-fame is being in Happy Gilmore. Maybe Lou “J.D. Stokely” Holtz can do of our games as well. It is a sad day for Georgia football.

Chris

June 23rd, 2010
12:23 pm

And Coachdawg the answer is no,,,,nobody on the planet can stand that preening prima donna Craig James. He’s so unbelievably bad. I did love Lunquist through the years. He had a real gift but you can tell his eyes are failing. Whatever happened to Ron Franklin?

bbdawg

June 23rd, 2010
12:23 pm

The good news is that I don’t have to use Comcast anymore and can switch to Direct TV. The bad new is that the local insight on the game will be missing and since the Mark Richt show is so sketchy on plays and heavy on other junk, the coverage we have experienced will be missing. I for one would like to see a “good” Mark Richt show even if it has to be later in the week so he has time to review the game. It does not compare in quality to Vince’s shows.

Chris

June 23rd, 2010
12:25 pm

That’s a good point Coachdawg. You can add to that list the Fox broadcaster (James Davis?) who repeatedly referred to ‘Knowmore Moreno’ throughout the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii. Fox’s coverage of all BCS games is tragic bad for that matter.

Coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2010
12:27 pm

Ouch! Chris,
But if we want to play the “if he hadn’t game” then if dooley hadn’t have gotten Herschel would he be planting daisies in Opelika, Ala. right now instead of having a Statue outside of the Track? He wasn’t exactly beloved before he won the National Championship.

PMC

June 23rd, 2010
12:29 pm

With all due respect to the talents at CSS and Buck Belue himself… this is a much better decision for anyone wanting to see the game because the major networks have the money to spend to make the broadcast look and sound a lot more professional.

knoxdawg

June 23rd, 2010
12:30 pm

I don’t have the time to watch rebroadcasts. Really miss Larry Munson on the game broadcasts. Not a fan of Scott Howard. Guess Munson spoiled me. Anyway, looking forward to the season and believing that the Dawgs will be much improved in all areas.

PMC

June 23rd, 2010
12:32 pm

Essentially, it’s much more cost effective to show a rebroadcast.

Buck does a fine job and so does Matt. Broadcasting is a fickle, nasty business. Having talent and being good at your job don’t really matter all that much.

Bryan G.

June 23rd, 2010
12:34 pm

I would rate Buck Belue up there with broadcasters like Jim Powell, Joe Morgan, John Madden, and Bob Davie. Awful.

SSIgator

June 23rd, 2010
12:35 pm

Who cares – why re-live the pain of a loss with announcers trying to find something good to say about terrible play. It is like looking for that needle in the haystack.

Coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2010
12:36 pm

Chris you are right about Fox’s college coverage. I DVR’d the Sugar Bowl vs.Hawaii and I could not believe that the play-by-play guy(Tom Brennaman-i think) actually said that we should stop blitzing Hawaii’s QB and ojur fans should stop chanting “S-E_C” because “everybody in America wanted to see Hawaii give us a good game” go bback and watch it if you still have it recorded. Fox NFL coverage is the best but they should stay out CFB.

Coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2010
12:39 pm

SS I Gator-
How stupid does your guy who “Says oh!my!” sound after every touchdown ? Who is it Elton John’s life partner? Also does anybody other than you Gators really like Brady Ackerman?

SSIgator

June 23rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Coachdawg 2000 -

Mick Hubert saying “Oh my” after every touchdown or great play is really very enjoyable – especially during the Gator Bowl, but then in your case it would be “Oh no.”

Old Dawg

June 23rd, 2010
12:49 pm

I don’t get CSS anymore since I’m on Direct TV. Wish I did. I miss the replay of games during the summer and the shows during the ball. I know a lot of folks don’t like Buck’s voice, but he did provide good inside knowledge of the team and the program.

As for the national broadcasters, most of them are just OK. Todd Blackledge always does a good job but many of the others are pathetic. I lost a lot of respect for Craig James last year with the debacle at Texas Tech. I can’t believe the management at ESPN maintained his contract … there should be a clause in their contracts that they cannot use their influence when their kids are being recruited or when they’re at a certain school.

Plus, the first year Paul Johnson was at Tech James blasted the way the fullback lines up in the spread option offense as being “too old school.” That’s nuts! Erk, Johnson, the military academies and Georgia Southern have had tremendous success with the old school use of the fullback … Craig James simply doesn’t know what what the hell he is talking about!

As for the overall quality of announcers, I understand that it’s a difficult job to come in on Thursday and learn all the facts etc of the teams playing. But after they’ve worked several games with a specific team they should know the names of the players, coaches and have more than a scant knowledge of a team’s history. If you talk with most sports writers covering the SEC or any other conference, they are up to speed on all their league information and most of the major schools in the country.

Why can’t national broadcasters?

Guess the big bucks the broadcasters receive is strictly for their name recognition and not the quality of work.

anotherdawg

June 23rd, 2010
12:52 pm

While watching some old clips on You-tube featuring Herschel running with Larry calling the plays, it made me realize how “special” they both were. Hopefully, there’s more great stuff to come.

SSIgator

June 23rd, 2010
12:54 pm

anotherdawg -

There will be – when 1980 comes back around.

GaDawg

June 23rd, 2010
1:00 pm

Yes, I think we will lose something by having just a rebroadcast. I would rather have the customized UGA version, and Buck still doing the show. I know that he has been considering the possibility of dropping the CSS broadcast, but even though I’ll miss his color analysis, I want Buck to do what is right for him and his family. I hope that he will continue to be a part of the 680 sports radio show, and there ain’t a damn thing wrong with his “Title town” Drawl!

dawgfan

June 23rd, 2010
1:00 pm

I watched the CSS replays religously for a few years but then just started DVRing the ESPN/CBS/Raycom broadcasts. The CSS version was just boring in comparison.

I prefer ESPN coverage over all else. You can tell the announcers have done their homework and are very rarely biased. I’m a big fan of Blackledge and Bob Davie. The production quality is far superior too. You get a great feel for the atmosphere. Although strangely, things go south whenever ABC takes over. I thought Herbstreit and Musberger were going to cry when Bama finished off Texas. The bias was obvious.

Watch Soccer or Manscape With a Blowtorch?

June 23rd, 2010
1:02 pm

SSIgator, must you always patrol UGA blogs? Seriously there is nothing in this article for anyone other than UGA fans, why are you here?

Bremen Dawg

June 23rd, 2010
1:03 pm

The Mark Richt show is terrible. Bring back Buck or somebody on another network besides Comcast. All of us with Direct Tv can’t watch it anyway. Someone needs to start a UGA show that is good.

WillDawg

June 23rd, 2010
1:03 pm

SSI
GOOB! Go to the Florida blogs and kiss Urban’s fanny some more.

Buck does alright but I can see how some might not like him. CSS is a joke anyhow.
Verne and blackledge were best team for CBS.
Ron Franklin was the man and one of the all time best at college football.
Craig James is god awful.
Trev Alberts was the best and only ESPN personality to have our back. Wish he’d have pimp slapped Mark May on his way out the door.
Mark May would pick Kell High School in a game with Georgia and go to SSI gaytor’s birthday party for grins.

GATA!!

FromtheBARstool

June 23rd, 2010
1:03 pm

Just give Larry a Cigar and a Bottle and let him just talk during the rebroadcasts. That should be real fun.

SSIgator

June 23rd, 2010
1:09 pm

Watch Soccer or Manscape With a Blowtorch? -

Always interested in college ball. Even lived in Athens for a few years. Went to the Thouchdown Club of Athens at the Athens CC and had a number of friends there. Have a picture of me, Vince and Barbara at the Butts Building with Vince signing it “Stop wearing Orange and Blue in here”. Real nice guy. Sorry he got eased out. UGA should feel bad about how that ended.

Delusions of granduer

June 23rd, 2010
1:18 pm

people watch georgia football?

Villa Rica DAWG

June 23rd, 2010
1:19 pm

I’m a DirecTV man so that I can watch TV when i tailgate – I also cant stand Comcast from past experiences before I got DirecTV.

Why all the Comcast love DAWGS??? Why can’t the PPV game be on DirecTV too, so the Dawgs fans at home can watch it regardless of their provider??? Why can’t the replays be on DTV too?

anotherdawg

June 23rd, 2010
1:19 pm

SSIgator, you’re probably right. I don’t think we’ll see another runner or announcer like those two. But, I’ve seen alot of great players in my lifetime. Just running backs at UGA, Rodney Hampton, Lars Tate, Tim Worley, Robert Edwards, Terrell Davis, Robert Edwards,Verron Hayes, Musa Smith, Knowshon Moreno, etc. You’ve had some great ones also Emmitt Smith, Percy Harvin, Tim Tebow ( good quarterback and a winner as well).

SSIgator

June 23rd, 2010
1:26 pm

anotherdawg -

There will never be another Munson. He was one of my favorite game day announcers. My favorite was when the UGA/Auburn game went in to overtime for the first time and Larry said ” I don’t really know how this works. I guess we will figure it out as we move along”.

Watch Soccer or Manscape With a Blowtorch?

June 23rd, 2010
1:27 pm

SSIgator – There are better articles than this to go on an dawg attack though.

Villa Rica DAWG – I did the opposite and gave up DirecTV for Comcast. I did DirecTV b/c i left the southeast and moved to the southwest, and without DirecTV there was no way for me to follow UGA, now that I’m back Comcast. DTV is national content so ther will be no replays without a SEC TV network like the Big 10. Comcast has actually made some good strides with all the free OnDemand I don’t need to waste money monthly on a DVR, and the channel selection is the same witha little added for less than I paid with DTV. BUT, you can’t get it while you tailgate.

Watch Soccer or Manscape With a Blowtorch?

June 23rd, 2010
1:29 pm

And not enough HD… only 100 channels or so with it on Comcast.

Scott W.

June 23rd, 2010
1:37 pm

Lundquist and Blackledge are freaking horrible. I remember the UGA/ALA 2007 that idiot Blackledge says “Wonder what Brittney Spears is doing right now?” as we are about to get the ball. Thankfully whomever was the third man in the booth shut him up with a “Who cares?”

anotherdawg

June 23rd, 2010
1:42 pm

blowtorch, I switched from cable to direct. With cable, I could watch the CSS UGA broadcasts, which I miss, although the quality of the picture and broadcast was not that great. With cable, I didn’t have the momentary loss of signal that you get with direct in bad thunderstorms, but when there was a problem with cable, I might lose everything for a day or two. Also, I couldn’t get but a few HD broadcasts. With direct, I get more channels, many more HD channels, and the DVR works great.

Ken

June 23rd, 2010
1:44 pm

We will never have another announcer like Larry Munson, but Buck was the close’st we have had since Larry’s retirement. I have just about every big game we have won since the Ga/Ga Tech game back in 1978 on tape. We need Buck coupled with Zeier on our Ga games.

How2fish

June 23rd, 2010
1:49 pm

I’ll miss them Bill and I am a fan of Buck’s wish he had gotten the nod over Scott Howard, not that there is anything wrong with Scott I just prefer Buck.

Scott W.

June 23rd, 2010
1:51 pm

“Man, we’ve had some shots, haven’t we? Snap to David Greene, there he goes again in the corner and we jump up….Touchdown! Oh, God, a touchdown! With 85 seconds…”

Bob

June 23rd, 2010
1:55 pm

I love what Buck did for UGA. But he maybe the worst broadcaster I have ever heard. He is awful and matched with that horrific John Kincade, I have sadly turned to 790 that time of day.

Buck is NEVER prepared. He ad libs everything and his sarcasm is monotonous. He never answers a question with a straight answer and much of the time its because he doesn’t know what he is talking about. All fluff.

I won’t miss him at all. I like Scott Howard and the current crew. I do miss Larry, but nothing we can do about it.

Bob

June 23rd, 2010
1:58 pm

Lundquist and Blackledge are freaking horrible. I remember the UGA/ALA 2007 that idiot Blackledge says “Wonder what Brittney Spears is doing right now?” as we are about to get the ball. Thankfully whomever was the third man in the booth shut him up with a “Who cares?”

Oh really Scott? Not paying much attention. That was not Vern or Todd. It wasn’t the CBS team, but instead the ESPN lead and Blackledge thought he was insane for bringing it up.

Delbert D.

June 23rd, 2010
1:58 pm

I’ve been a Buck and Kincaid fan since day1 on 680theFan. I’d rather the do their usual thing instead of the Braves’ pregame, though. Why does baseball even need a pregame show? They play 162 games, for cryin’ out loud.

Big Albany Dawg

June 23rd, 2010
2:09 pm

The “>>>” button on my DVR remote is crucial.

Evansdawg

June 23rd, 2010
2:10 pm

Rebroadcasts are not necessary. I always set the DVR to record a game while I am at the game anyway. That way, I can watch and tentatively pay attention to the commentator reactions and points of interest at the better or worse parts of the game.

Evansdawg

June 23rd, 2010
2:14 pm

Hey uhhh, Scott? Bob is right. Plus, Vern Lundquist is one of the better commentators to have in the stadium for the Dawgs. He has a deep respect and admiration for Georgia football and its history. He wrote the forward in one of Loran’s books “Beloved Dawgs” about the Davids. We should hope for and welcome Vern into Athens at every opportunity.