Remembering Larry Munson’s favorite Bulldog calls

Nobody called a game like Larry Munson! (University of Georgia)

Nobody called a game like Larry Munson! (University of Georgia)

In honor of Larry Munson, longtime voice of the Georgia Bulldogs who died Sunday at age 89, here’s an excerpt from a piece I wrote in September 2009 …

No offense to Scott Howard or anyone else who ever mans a microphone for UGA football games, but in the hearts and minds of the Bulldog Nation, there’ll never be anyone who approaches the status of Larry Munson.

As coaches and players came and went, the one-of-a-kind broadcast legend was the constant in Georgia football for more than four decades and became one of the most beloved figures ever at UGA. It doesn’t usually take much prompting, either, to get Dog fans to wax nostalgic about their favorite Munson calls.

“From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot,” the memoir Munson wrote with longtime sportswriter Tony Barnhart, features Larry’s picks of his 10 favorite calls from his days in the UGA broadcast booth.

Here are the ones he picked:

1. The 2001 game in Knoxville, known forever as the “hobnail boot” call.

2. The 1980 “Run, Lindsay!” call in Jacksonville.

3. The 1975 Florida game’s Appleby-to-Washington “thinking of Montreal” call.

4. The 1980 “My God, a freshman!” call in Knoxville. (Munson says WSB got complaints about his  language.)

5. The 1982 “Hunker down, you guys!” and “Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!” sequence at Auburn that kicked Munson’s legend into high gear.

6. The 1978 “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” call of Rex Robinson’s game-winning field goal at Kentucky.

7. The 1984 win over Clemson thanks to Kevin Butler’s 60-yard field goal (”The stadium is worse than bonkers!”).

8. The 2002 pass from David Greene to Michael Johnson to beat Auburn and send Georgia to the SEC championship (”Touchdown! Oh, God, a touchdown!”).

9. The 1978 come-from-behind win over Georgia Tech (”There’s a man open! Arnold!”).

10. The call of the 1973 Andy Johnson score against the Vols that had Munson yelling, “My God! Georgia beat Tennessee in Knoxville!” He says that last call was the one that really prompted the Bulldog faithful to embrace him as one of their own.

Good times. And even better because of the way Munson described them to us.

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118 comments Add your comment

dawggirl

November 20th, 2011
10:41 pm

RIP, Larry. There will never be another like you. I know you’re up there petting all of the Uga’s. Thanks for all of the wonderful calls. You will always be remembered by Bulldawg Nation.

D A DoubleU G

November 20th, 2011
10:45 pm

May he rest peacefully for all of time.

May his voice ring through the southern Georgia air for even longer.

DGD!!!

sandman053

November 20th, 2011
10:49 pm

Two simple words….Go Dawgs!!
Means so much more now. We used to not have cable an listened on the radio. I’d give up cable to have Munson back. But he’s up there with all those UGAs and likely having a cigar with Erk and worrying about the Tech Game.

red hill

November 20th, 2011
10:50 pm

Agreed, there will never be another like him. I grew up before every game was on TV so listening to Munson was the only option, and a great one it was. So many great games and great calls. No way to choose the best ones. They were all his best ones.

Memphis

November 20th, 2011
10:50 pm

Definitely one of a kind. Really exhibited what college football is all about. Such great passion and prise.

Eric C.

November 20th, 2011
10:50 pm

Great column and list…thanks. A moment of silence for Larry Munson…”Loran, what’ve you got?”

Chip

November 20th, 2011
10:53 pm

I will forever hear his voice broadcasting the game when I watch the Dawg’s. He is Legend and forever imprinted in our heads. My condolences to his family…he will be missed.

DostaDawg

November 20th, 2011
10:56 pm

RIP Larry.

Some of my fondest memories of growing up in south georgia involve being in a dove field while listening to Munson describe the action on an old transistor radio.

We were truly blessed to have him as one of our own.

Bam a Dawg

November 20th, 2011
10:59 pm

As Lewis Grizzard said, Listening to Larry Munson is better than being there.

Macclenny_dawg

November 20th, 2011
11:07 pm

RIP Larry!!! You will live on forever in Bulldawg Nation!!!

GT 2011

November 20th, 2011
11:09 pm

Rest in Peace Mr. Munson.

Michael

November 20th, 2011
11:12 pm

Corey Allen’s game winner against Georgia Tech in 1997 does it for me every time. I think that was one of Larry’s most enthused calls…it was also, considering I was 7 years old, the first call from him I remember.

Nut Job

November 20th, 2011
11:13 pm

Larry Munson is the reason why people listen to the radio while inside the stadium

Dawgma

November 20th, 2011
11:16 pm

Truly the greatest to ever call a game. Always listened to him on the radio no matter if they were on tv or not. RIP Larry. You will never be forgotten. THE BEST DGD!!!!! Larry Munson field at Sanford Stadium.

murfdawg

November 20th, 2011
11:18 pm

The Kentucky call almost got me in trouble with my neighbors. We had the windows open, the wine open, and the beer flowing all evening. When Munson started yelling ” Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” my wife started yelling and I started yelling louder and my neighbors were coming home and getting out of their cars and heard all this yelling and screaming. The next morning my neighbor stopped me and wanted to know if everything was all right. I told him “He** yeah. We beat Kentucky.” He was glad to know I was just a loud, obnoxious Dawg and not a wife beater. Only Munson could work you up into a lather like that.

Dawg Fan

November 20th, 2011
11:20 pm

Larry Munson is Georgia Football.

I grew up listening to Larry Munson calling the games. Back then the Dawgs were not on TV every week like they are these days.

I can hear Munson now: “Get the picture…”

Warnell Dawg

November 20th, 2011
11:21 pm

As a life-long bulldog fan and now a graduate of UGA, I believe this hurts me more than any game the Dawgs ever lost. I’ll never forget all the times when I couldn’t watch the game on TV and I would be glued to the radio hanging on to every gutteral word that would come through the speakers. I am so glad that I got the opportunity to meet Larry and get his autograph on my copy of his biography that came out a few years ago. My first season as a student was in 2008 and one of my most fond memories of Larry was when they brought him out on the field at halftime of one of the games to honor him and the students and rest of the crowd were chanting his name over and over and even from the stands you could see him getting teary-eyed because I truly believe that he loved the Bulldog nation as much as we loved him. So long Larry, you will never know how much you contributed to my love of the Dawgs, but thank you for all the wonderful memories. And a side note, how about making some “sugar fall out of the sky” for our Dawgs the next two weeks?

Dbalcer

November 20th, 2011
11:26 pm

RIP Larry and prayers of comfort for your family. The Bulldawg Nation will miss you.

Carolina Dog

November 20th, 2011
11:26 pm

Count me among those that had no CABLE and LARRY explained it to us over the RADIO in the 60s and beyond to his last call in 2008-9. There will NEVER be another and the BULLDOG NATION is a better place due to him passing our way. Some people in this world CAN NOT be replaced – Larry was ONE OF OURS!!!!!!

Desert Fox

November 20th, 2011
11:33 pm

He was the best at what he did and his fans loved him. To honor him the University should rename the stadium, Sanford-Munson Stadium. He spent the better part of his career there so its more than fitting it should bear his name. He earned the honor.

Jay

November 20th, 2011
11:41 pm

You’d walk through Sanford Stadium in the 80’s and 90’s and thousands of people would have those big bulky headphones on listening to Munson. He’d keep you grounded when things were going well and commiserate with you when they weren’t. What a great announcer, what a great Dawg.

J D Pesterfield

November 20th, 2011
11:41 pm

The sun has set over Sanford Stadium…Dan Magill can now turn off the light in the broadcast booth…
DGD!

RAY

November 20th, 2011
11:54 pm

I remember growing up in small town GA in the late ’70’s to early ’80’s. I would have the Bulldogs blaring outside on the radio and people who lived further down the road would have their radio on and the whole neighborhood was filled with Larry Munson calling the games while we kids played football. I will always hold those memories dear. Mr. Munson, RIP. Prayers to your family. Now let’s hunker down and win the SEC!

bugsquacher

November 20th, 2011
11:58 pm

“Get the picture”…… there will never be another one like him….

Matt

November 21st, 2011
12:01 am

Damn Good Dawg!!!!!!! Larry Munson was the voice of my childhood listening to the Dawgs hunker down one more time. He was the absolute best at pulling true emotion out of Dawg fans. Heavens broadcast booth just got a lot better. Go dawgs!

jwmnatl

November 21st, 2011
12:17 am

Listen to the final minutes of the 1997 UGA-Ga.Tech game, listen to his voice crack as UGA stormed down the field that night in Lexington, Ky. in 1978. No one cared about Georgia football more than Larry Munson. We will miss you, Larry. God bless you!

OneNationUnderDawg

November 21st, 2011
12:19 am

RIP Larry. Hope you’re enjoying the Sugar in the sky.

Dr. Morpheus

November 21st, 2011
12:23 am

“Bulldogs moving from left to right…” You were the greatest, Larry, and no one could ever take your place.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 21st, 2011
12:44 am

That was a LONG and fruitful life.

mdbatl

November 21st, 2011
12:56 am

1997: Georgia 27, Georgia Tech 24. Mike Bobo to Allen with 8 seconds left, after they had scored just 40 seconds earlier. Larry’s call of that play is my absolute favorite– “Oh my, oh it couldn’t have happened!!” Scott Howard was incoherently screaming in the background, and Larry closed with “Michigan State had rocked Penn State 49-7 but nothing has rocked like this one. Nothing. Has. Rocked. Like This One.” I’ve looked everywhere for audio of that call; hopefully I can find it somewhere.

I was 9 years old and watching the game with my dad– that moment hooked me for life. Thanks Larry for all the memories and RIP.

HockeyDawg

November 21st, 2011
1:01 am

Like other Dawg fans in their 50’s, I grew up when Georgia games on TV were a rarity. So my picture of the Bulldogs was drawn by Larry, as I “got the picture”. So many great memories listening to Larry’s calls on the radio driving in the car, while I raked leaves and pinestraw, as I watched the game on TV, or maybe as I went to bed as a little kid. Nobody drew the picture any better, used more colorful descriptions, or described the action with any more passion than Larry. Scott Howard does a great job, but there will never be another Larry – a true ONE OF A KIND…

William

November 21st, 2011
1:05 am

I worked as Larry’s spotter during the Georgia/Georgia Tech Freshman game on Thanksgiving one time. He was a great guy. He will be missed. Rest in peace and praying for the family. I’m so sad.

RxDawg87

November 21st, 2011
1:07 am

Larry Munson, a beloved and great announcer, storyteller, hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman, a pretty fair piano player, and best of all, A DAMN GOOD DAWG!!!! Gone but not forgotten, rest in peace friend. You are loved by the bulldog nation and will be greatly missed.

dawg150

November 21st, 2011
1:15 am

UGA and SEC fans have lost an icon…..the man was, and forever will be, Georgia Football. Scott never scored and sugar will forever fall from the skies in Auburn…RIP, and we will always love and remember you Larry…..

Bluestreak

November 21st, 2011
2:09 am

RIP Larry! You will always be Georgia Bulldog Football.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 21st, 2011
2:19 am

From the day you are born you start Dying
From the day you are dead you start Lying
In between it is your job to send peoples souls Flying
If you are good at it thousands will be left Crying.
Larry you did that and there is no Denying!

7576DAWG

November 21st, 2011
2:41 am

Truly one of the most unique and great radio voices ever to be on the radio. There will never be one like him. R.I.P. Larry.

ZinoDawg

November 21st, 2011
3:06 am

God bless you Larry. Hard to sleep tonight after getting this news. So many memories.

“My God! A Freshman!”

Legend of Len Barker

November 21st, 2011
3:27 am

November 2002. Like a nut, I decided to see some high school basketball instead of watch the annual festivities with Auburn. Not just that, I decided to go see high school basketball in Statenville. Yes, unincorporated Statenville, where they having a little season tip-off tournament.

I took a radio and headphones with me, but it was quite difficult to pick up a broadcast from a small gymnasium in an unincorporated town in a county without a stoplight. (They did have wonderful chicken tenders, though.)

At halftime of an inevitable sweep of our participation in the tournament, I decided to leave. We’re beaten, Georgia’s getting beaten. Find your car in the entirely grass parking lot and go home.

Right outside the gym, that’s when I heard it.

TOUCHDOWN! IN THE CORNER!

The details soon came through. David Greene had found Michael Johnson. In the corner.

I danced in the grass.

In Statenville.

Michael Johnson has caught a touchdown pass.

In the corner.

We have beaten Auburn.

There is no traffic on GA 135, which is a very good thing, especially when you want to see with your eyes what you have seen through your ears via Munson’s. In the corner.

coondawg_69

November 21st, 2011
6:10 am

My favorite and with Old Fashion Hate this weekend:

We got the ball right down where it was. Only 16 seconds for 8 yards. We got 4 men split out, the ones to the right are kind of wide, Stafford pointing at the defense, our center. Shotgun Bobo, bobo going to take and look, throw in the corner, and TOUCHDOWN, A touchdown in the corner… oh, it couldnt have happened!!

UGA- GTU 1997. My favorit call

TECH FAN

November 21st, 2011
6:21 am

“Damn good Dawg”

ROGERITER

November 21st, 2011
6:21 am

Damn good dawg! Damn best dawg!!

Spike

November 21st, 2011
6:46 am

The best there ever was.. Thanks for the memories. Heaven will Get the Picture!

ATL_AU_FAN

November 21st, 2011
7:15 am

There are those of us who are fans of teams other than UGA but there are also those of us, like myself, who share in your loss of Larry Munson. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Munson family and the Bulldawg nation as a whole. Larry, when arriving Between the Hedges of Heaven, only one thing need be said, “Go Dawgs, Sic ‘em, woof, woof…”.

beachdog

November 21st, 2011
7:18 am

The GA/GA Tech game in I can’t remember the year but on the Dogs last drive Larry truly rose to the occasion.

Stafford hit Mo Mass for the TD and two pointer. Someone put it on the net.
Check it out

Tech fan

November 21st, 2011
7:23 am

RIP…Larry.

Old Dawg

November 21st, 2011
7:28 am

DGD The best there ever was, the best there will ever be. Oh, you Larry Munson! Rest in Peace.

Class of '98

November 21st, 2011
7:37 am

“Look a the sugar falling out of the sky” doesn’t even crack the top 10?

Blasphemy.

The hobnail-boot call was overrated. Even Munson himself admitted as much.

Rest in peace Larry.

Class of '98

November 21st, 2011
7:38 am

Ooops, nevermind. My reading comprehension skills aren’t very good this early in the morning.

NikkiFree

November 21st, 2011
7:43 am

Kevin Butler’s 60-yard field goal was my fave. Thanks for the memories, Larry.