More on Larry Munson: Comments, calls and his stories

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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT LARRY MUNSON

“His face is on the Mount Rushmore of the Georgia Bulldogs. He will forever be the voice of the Georgia Bulldogs and one of our most beloved icons and treasures. His legacy will live forever in the hearts of the Georgia people.”

– Jeff Dantzler, 2011

“Ask any sports fan in the South for the name of a college announcer other than his own and the chances are the one he or she will know is Munson.”

–Loran Smith, 1986

“I’ve never known a college announcer who means more to his school’s alumni and friends than Larry Munson. He delivers a passionate, emotional broadcast that has endeared him to all Bulldogs and it has also made him the toast of the state.”

–Mike Faherty, General Manager, WSB Radio, 1986

“Nobody that I know does play-by-play like Larry. He has a certain way of following the ball and his pwers of concentration are unbelievable. He captures the feeling of the moment. He’s great, but he’s a horrible roommate. He could be doing a game in Montana in December and have the air conditioning on. He must have descended from a polar bear.”

–Phil Schaefer, Georgia color analyst, 1986

“The voice of the Georgia Bulldogs has become the voice of college football in the South.”

–Boyd McWhorter, Southeastern Conference Commissioner, 1985

“Hardly a day goes by in my hectic world that I don’t remind my staff to Hunker Down.’”

–Ronald Reagan, President of the United States, 1986

“Larry Munson is to Georgia football what fried chicken is to a tailgate party. You can’t enjoy one without the other.”

–Lewis Grizzard, 1985

“He’s like a folk hero. He has that special style people love and relate to. I finally claimed him as one of the best after the ‘78 season. He just shot straight up. But I’d come out of the hotel on Saturday mornings rested after a good night’s sleep, feeling good about the game and run into Munson and he’d say, ‘You see how fast their receivers are, how we going to run with them?’ I’d say, ‘Munson get away from me.’ The man is a worrier. He drove me crazy as a coach.”

–Vince Dooley on Munson, 1994

MUNSON’S CALLS

“Matt Robinson fakes, end-around to Appleby. Appleby’s gonna throw a bomb! He’s got a man open down on the far side! Complete! A touchdown!……….Appleby to Washington. Eight yarads! Appleby! End around! Just stopped, planted his feet and threw it! Washington, caught it, thinking of Montreal and the Olympics, and ran out of his shoes right down the middle. Eighty yards!”

– Nov. 8, 1975 vs. Florida

“The whole stadium is standing up and roaring against Georgia…..The whole game coming down to this!……He sets it down and it’s up! Watch it! Watch it! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!”

–Oct. 28, 1978 vs. Kentucky, Rex Robinson winning field goal

“We hand it off to Herschel! There’s a hole! Five! 10! 12! He’s running over people! Oh, you Herschel Walker!…….My God Almighty, he ran right through two men…..He drove right over orange shirts, just driving and running with those big thighs. My God, a freshman!”

– Sept. 9, 1980 vs. Tennessee, Herschel’s debut

“Buck back, third down on the eight. In trouble. Got a block behind him. Gonna throw on the run. Complete to the 25! To the 30! Lindsay Scott! 35, 40! Lindsay Scott 45, 50! 45, 40! run Lindsay! 25! 20! 15! 10! Five! Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott!………..I can’t believe it. I broke my chair. A metal, steel chair with about a 5-inch cushion. Well, the stadium fell down…..I didn’t mean to beg Lindsay to run, but I had to.”

– Nov. 8, 1980 vs. Florida, winning TD with 1:04 left

“Auburn trying to break our hearts here!……Again you guys, hunker down!….Eight-four seconds. I hate to keep saying it, but HUNKER DOWN!….A minute and four seconds. Sixty-four seconds. Sixty-four seconds to everything!….If you didn’t hear me you guys, HUNKER DOWN!….It’s fourth down….Ball on the 21 and they’ve got to go to the four for a first down. I know I’m asking a lot you guys, but HUNKER IT DOWN ONE MORE TIME!…..(A Pass by Auburn is broken up in the end zone)….The Dogs broke it up!…..Twenty-three, twenty-two, twenty-one. Clock running, running. Oh, look at the sugar falling out of the sky! Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!”

– Nov. 13, 1982 vs. Auburn, Georgia wins third straight SEC title

“So we’ll try to kick one 100,000 miles….We’re gonna try to kick one 60 yards plus a foot and a half….And Butler kicked a long one, a long one….Oh my God, oh my God….The stadium is worse than bonkers.”

–Sept. 22, 1984 vs. Clemson, Kevin Butler winning field goal with 11 seconds left.

“We have come flying down the field we are on their 6-yard line. We are gonna have one play to try and save ourselves. Remember we left our heart down on the other end of the field. We have come all the way back to the 6-yard line and we just took the last timeout like gold bouillon and had to spend it. Six yard line. Can you believe that David Greene brought us down the field that quick? Now we have one play to steal a win. 24-20 and they got the 24 with the great play Clausson to Stephens in three or four blocks. What in the world would you call now? You’re on their 6-yard line and Greene has brought you down there all the way. What are you gonna do now? McGill led us out. Now he calls his hands and raises them for the huddle on the ten. Gah, 10 seconds, were on their six. Michael Johnson turned around asked the bench something. And now Greene makes him line up on the right slot, we have three receivers. Tennessee playing what amounts to a four-four. There’s a fake. And there’s a TOUCHDOWN! MY GOD A TOUCHDOWN! We threw it to Haynes. We just stomped them with five seconds left. My God Almighty did you see what he did? David Greene just straightened up and we snuck the fullback over, Hanes is keeping the ball, Haynes has come running all the way across to the bench. We just dumped it over to 26-24. We just stepped on their face with a hobnailed boot and broke their nose. We just crushed their face. We dumped it over, David Greene brought us flying down the field and Haynes caught a sneak pass wide open.”

– Oct. 6, 2001 vs. Tennessee in Knoxville

MUNSON THE STORYTELLER

“I actually heard a commercial on a radio station. They were begging for announcers. Guys hadn’t come back yet (from the war) and more and more new radio stations were popping up. There was a shortage like you can’t believe. You were supposed to study for six months and they would try to place you. I went for nine weeks and they placed me.”

–Larry on how he got his first job

“The Braves sent me to a car dealer to pick up a car to drive to their training camp in Florida. Before I left Atlanta, I picked up a copy of The Journal. When I got to West Palm Beach, I check into my room, threw the paper on the bed, hung up my clothes, took a shower and lay down on the bed. Then I saw this box in the paper saying that Ed Thelenius was going to have to drop Georgia football. The next morning I called Joel Eaves at the University. He offered me the job that day.”

–Larry on how he got the Georgia job

“I was 20 years old and I read in a magazine want-ad somewhere that the University of Wyoming was looking for a play-by-play radio announcer to do its football and basketball games. I sent them a tape of me doing a play-by-play game. The tape was a fake. I went into the studio and taped me doing the play-by-play for the Ohio State-Minnesota game. I had never done sports or play-by-play before in my life. I recorded about seven or eight plays and added sound effects. I sent that in as my tape. Looking back on it now, I can really see just how bad that tape was. It was awful. When I got out to Wyoming the guy I was replacing was named Curt Gowdy. Back then, I didn’t know him from anybody. He was just another guy. He left to take the job doing Oklahoma A&M football and basketball. I got the Wyoming job and it paid $45 a week. Gowdy and I became good friends. His home was in Wyoming so we hunted and fished a lot together.”

–Larry on how he got his first big break

“Porter Wagoner was the first to teach me to worm fish very deep. Years ago, he was throwing plastic worms off a bluff at night into 100 to 110 feet of water and walking the worm up the sides of the rocks. He was coming in with great strings of largemouths from deep water in Center Hill.

–Larry on learning to fish with plastic worms

61 comments Add your comment

Jordan

November 20th, 2011
11:40 pm

Grandad

November 21st, 2011
12:06 am

I can’t wait for the movie.
God bless Larry Munson.

HockeyDawg

November 21st, 2011
12:48 am

Scott Howard is really good, but there will never be another Larry. One of a kind, and a damn good Dog!!!

DCLee

November 21st, 2011
12:53 am

As a Dawgs fan growing up in Jacksonville in the 80s thanks for helping make my childhood so memorable!

RIP Larry. A GREAT DAWG!

maddawg 913

November 21st, 2011
12:53 am

I was talking with a very clos friend and fellow dawg faithful back in the Dooley flirting with Auburn days and we joked about the day we lost Larry would be the more devastating; we didn’t know at the time how close to the truth we were back then!!!!!! RIP Larry…………….We will never forget you!!!!!!

L England

November 21st, 2011
1:12 am

Larry had a heart of gold and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need! He loved the early morning walks around the hotel, especially on road games. He loved his cigar and he loved arriving at the stadium 8 hours before the broadcast began. Larry was one of the truly best story tellers of all time and will always remain in the hearts of the Bulldog Nation. He hated the long bus rides early Sunday morning after a road game but passed the time worrying about next week’s game.
He loved his crew including Dick, Phil, Louie, Scott, Hondo, Loran, Charles and others and it goes without saying, we all loved Munson.
Rest in peace my friend!

damn good dawg that larry!

November 21st, 2011
1:17 am

RIP Larry we will be miss you! DAMN GOOD DAWG NO WAS LIKE YOU WHEN IT CAME TO THE DSWG SAD SAD DAY FOR THE BULLDAWG NATION! OK BOYS IT’S TIME TO PLAY AND PLAY FOR LARRY

William

November 21st, 2011
1:20 am

The world has lost one great announcer. Heaven has gained its voice. God bless his family and may you rest in peace Larry. So long old friend.

DawginTX

November 21st, 2011
1:56 am

Mr. England, thanks for sharing. I grew up listening to Munson and to you. When I was a kid, I used to love it when you would say, “Keep your seats everyone, the RRRRRRED COATS ARE COMING!” and “HERE COME THE DAWGS.”

DAWG LOVER

November 21st, 2011
2:11 am

I sat with friends at a tailgate this Saturday in Athens and we wished we could hear Larry call just one more game. We missed him like a family member. On the way home we talked about our favorite Munson calls. Boy do I miss him now. It brings tears to my eyes. He was the one and only, there will never be another Dawg like Munson. My prayers to the Munson family. Dawgnation has lost one it’s alltime greats.

Techfan

November 21st, 2011
4:22 am

I think Larry Munson will be missed by the entire Southeast. He was a gifted person, and good spokesman for the passion of southern football. That is the reason the Dog fan have a strong feeling for they team. Even as a Tech fan, I liked listen to Larry Munson to see how he would “give you the rest of the story”. He was the Harry Caray of the southeast. He will be missed all people that follow southern football. I believed football is only played on Saturday;because of Larry Munson.

DawginTX

November 21st, 2011
4:39 am

Larry made our memories so much more enjoyable because he captured the spirit of the moment. When I hear a replay of one of his famous calls, I never fail to get goosebumps because I am transported right back to the glorious moment. Munson was the best. RIP.

Dawgz4Life

November 21st, 2011
6:10 am

Thank you Larry, your voice still rings over the years and in my BullDawg heart. I was working in the tobacco field on that glorious Saturday afternoon when you begged Lindsay to run and broke your chair, and the stadium fell down…..

I will never forget it, and will cherish that moment always. There are many others, but that is a memory never to be forgotten. Thanks Larry from a grateful Dawg, RIP.

JAWJeRDAWG

November 21st, 2011
6:21 am

For us fans, Larry Munson was the heart and soul of UGA football!

Whether it was sitting on a dove field on a hot Saturday afternoon with my Dad and brother during my youth, listening to him on my portable radio call the games, or on my headset in Sanford Stadium when I attended UGA, and after graduation as I was able to afford my own season tickets, Larry Munson gave an excitement to the game that will never be matched over the airwaves.

Whether you were actually at the game or listening on the radio to his colorful play-by-play, you could always ‘get-the-picture’, and were always ‘there’.

Thank you for all the wonderful memories that you gave us fans, Larry.

You will be forever in our hearts and in our memories for all that was and is good about UGA football.

You were the best. RIP.

And, in your memory, .. Go Dawgs!

Remembering Larry

November 21st, 2011
7:00 am

Listened to Larry every Saturday from day 1. Still miss him calling for the Dawgs. RIP.

11-3

November 21st, 2011
7:03 am

We go to the games, and listen to you at our own game, sir.

We turn the TV volume off, and tune in WSB AM750 to listen to you, sir.

You are a GREAT MAN.

Larry Munson.

Thank you very much.

Canelyst

November 21st, 2011
7:15 am

Larry Munson was, no is and always will be, the textbook for big-time college football voices. I used to listen to Georgia games just for the pleasure of hearing his calls. The game was just the material for his art. It was like listening to Leonard Bernstein conducting the Philharmonic: Bernstein interpreted the score for his musicians; Munson painted the game for his audience.

Captain

November 21st, 2011
7:39 am

Wow, Larry has left us. How many of you knew Georgia football through the eyes of Larry Munson? How many of you never attended a game in person but you were there, you were right there in the stadium, stomach churning, heart racing, couldn’t feel your feet, gasping for air as you hung on every word, every second, you stood right there where you were, home, outside, night, day, it didnt matter, the Dawgs were breaking the huddle, hunkering down, in your mind you were there, Larry
made you feel like you were in the middle of the stadium. For 42 years he WAS Georgia football, a longer tenure than Vince Dooley, he spanned Dooley, Goff, Donnan, Richt. An amazing run, a legacy, an icon.

How many radios went to games so we could hear Larry tell us what we were seeing? How many of those headsets with the small antenna, worn over caps have we seen in Sanford
Stadium? How many of us turned down the TV volume and turned up Larry’s play by play? Oh how we miss Larry. There will be thousands, thousands of Larry’s play by play CD’s sold over the next weeks as we all try to capture and retain a part of history.

I’m quite sure God is proud to have Larry doing play by play in heaven.

God Bless Larry Munson.

Top Row Dawg

November 21st, 2011
7:46 am

Russell to coach game, Munson to call it, Grizzard to write about it………….

Top Row Dawg

November 21st, 2011
7:48 am

And James Brown to sing about it……….

DawgNation

November 21st, 2011
8:13 am

Thank God I am part of the generations that got to hear Larry Munson call the games. I still remember the Saturdays with my portable radio with the single ear bud in my ear. His voice will forever be echoing in my mind every time I read one of his quotes, and every time I hear the play by play on the radio. I feel for the generations coming up that will miss out on his voice and ability to make every listener a part of the Bulldog Nation.

DawginLex

November 21st, 2011
8:20 am

My kids now turn the volume down and listen to the radio whenever a ballgame is on.

Larry Munson taught me that.

Now my kids do it. I don’t even have to tell them.

Rest In Peace Larry. You were the best. There will never be another one like you.

Dawgette85

November 21st, 2011
8:28 am

Having had the honor and privilege of meeting Larry on many occasions, I can honestly say there is no one like him; never was and never will be. He lived and breathed Georgia Football and he will be greatly missed. My heart and prayers go out to his family and the entire Bulldog Nation on his loss. Rest in peace, Larry – you were the heart of the Dawgs.

Buckhead Bulldog

November 21st, 2011
8:30 am

Thank you Mr. Munson for all of the great UGA memories I have due to you! Those plays/calls will live forever with me. From the time as a young boy and listening to the call of Appleby to Washington, as a high school kid listening to Herschel’s debut and Belue to Scott, as an UGA student and being “hosed” at Auburn, and of course the UT face crush after graduating, your calls take me back to certain times in my life when I hear them being played on campus during tailgating. For me, you and your calls were and always be a wonderful, colorful ribbon in my life. Thank you Larry!

MTDog

November 21st, 2011
9:01 am

We have lost a Great Bulldog! Larry, you surely will be missed; I send my condolences to the Munson family and our beloved Bulldog Nation.

Go Dawgs! Win one more for Larry!

georgia all the way

November 21st, 2011
9:02 am

I got married in ‘75. There would only be one or two games on a Saturday, this was before cable TV. I would wash the car on Saturday afternoons with the doors open and the radio on. Man, those were some times to hear Larry call a game. It almost brings tears to my eyes to think about it. We could be playing New Mexico Tech and Agriculture and whuppin’ them 65-3 and he would make it sound like a close game. Still remember the Kevin Butler kick against Clemson. Wish I could go back in time.

Magnolia

November 21st, 2011
9:15 am

Thanks for the memories Larry. You brought so many great memories to the the Bulldog faithful. We mourn our loss, but there’s a league of Bulldawg fans welcoming you to heaven!

bulldawg/thomas brown said we would go 12-2 in 2010

November 21st, 2011
9:43 am

Munson was the best.

RIP Larry

Bob

November 21st, 2011
9:56 am

” Get the Picture” is forever branded in my mind. Larry was the “Dawgs” back in the 60’s & 70’s when every game wasn’t on TV. Larry had a way that brought the game right to you, brought the excitement to you in words and phrases we will never forget. Who ever is calling the games in heaven, better move over, the real voice is coming to take his rightful place. My thoughts to the Munson family, and my heart will be heavy for a long while.

honest_abe

November 21st, 2011
10:05 am

GOAT! RIP sir you will forever be remembered.

kybodawg

November 21st, 2011
10:19 am

wonder what larry and erk are talking about.

Hairy Dawg

November 21st, 2011
10:28 am

Larry made my Saturdays in the fall unforgettable.Thank you Larry.

duronimo

November 21st, 2011
10:31 am

Munson was great and will not be forgotten …. just like his predecessor, Ed Thilaneous who had an equally distinctive style.

how2fish

November 21st, 2011
10:37 am

Can you just imagine if he was able to call the upcoming SEC championship this year….it would be so classic Munson “little Georgia vs the mighty fill in the blank” ..

'66 dawg

November 21st, 2011
10:48 am

I feel like I lost the best friend I never met

zbulldawg

November 21st, 2011
10:59 am

One of the many thoughts that comes to mind, when I think of Larry Munson is HUNKER DOWN for a FIGHT ! That pretty much relates to this year’s DAWGS !! MR. LARRY new how to cover the BULLDAWGS ! Win Lose or Draw he was always on their side ! Always found something positive to say or write about ! The only time UGA was ever on the tube during the season was when they played the gators ! So the radio was the way to follow the games !! He knew every player, where they where from, their families, and what they did in high school ! He understood that they where still children playing a man’s game !! Even then he knew how strong the SEC is !! He called it just as it was ! Didn’t add or take away ! A TRUE BULLDAWG FAN !! He would give you UGA’S win lost record ! He new the mascots just like the players ! But always gave the other team it’s dew ! If they whipped us they just whipped us ” NO EXCUSES” I LOVE YOU LARRY MUNSON may GOD BLESS !

RiffRaff

November 21st, 2011
11:10 am

I remember all those years listening to Larry on the radio, how he made the game much more than just a football game, his style, his emotion. If the game happened to be on tv I would turn down the volume and turn up the radio to hear him. It’s something how one person can touch the lives of so many others.

TampaDawg

November 21st, 2011
11:14 am

As I said earlier, I, as a lifelong Dawg fan, really appreciate the class that the vast majority of the GT nation as well as the fan base from other teams has shown on here. There have been many warm and genuine comments from those we typically know as “trolls” but they aren’t known as that today. There have been a select few who still suck, but for the great many of you, from this Dawg, THANK YOU.

Georgia | MrSEC.com

November 21st, 2011
11:19 am

[...] went behind the mic in Athens in 1966.You can read obituary pieces here and here.  Here’s an excellent collection of quotes about Munson, and here’s a collection of his own greatest calls.Below, you’ll find a [...]

Bama In Atlanta

November 21st, 2011
11:23 am

I’m sure there’s a heck of a game being called in Heaven right now!

B'dawg

November 21st, 2011
11:26 am

This game coming up should be extra special now.Win it for Larry! He would have wanted it that way!

timboy

November 21st, 2011
12:21 pm

So long dear old friend! Sad, sad, day.

Tville Dawg

November 21st, 2011
12:44 pm

Ed Thilineus got me interested in going to UGA in the mid sixties. Larry Munson made me glad of that choice.

Working at the Downtowner Motor Inn at Five Points in the early 70’s, we were thrilled when Larry stayed over with us. Quite a guy.

Thanks for a lifetime of memories. No one could do it better. From a grateful 73 grad.

ThisGuy

November 21st, 2011
12:49 pm

I think Georiga and all of the UGA fans in attendance this saturday should were Black in honor of Larry. If Richt and the team choose to do so I think it would be great. It wouldn’t the typically “blackout” for a super hyped game. but a Blackout to show that all of bulldog nation is in mourning.

Come dawg fans, Lets Blackout Tech for Larry

John

November 21st, 2011
12:57 pm

I will always remember his views on the game. when describing a game he was not a neutral voice. and i LOVED it. he rooted for our team and always described the game in amazing fashion. we have lost a DAMN GOOD DAWG, that will never be replaced. R.I.P. Larry you were the best!!!!!

Frosty Dawg

November 21st, 2011
1:21 pm

God Bless Larry and his family. What he meant to me as a boy and young man who couldn’t afford to go to many games, and who then heard him overseas on AFR is impossible to describe. If it’s possible to love a man you never met, I, like many others, loved Larry. A consummate artist.

bugsquacher

November 21st, 2011
1:32 pm

I get chill bumps reading those Munson calls…..

I will forever miss….. “get the picture”…… “Loran what’cha got”

Damn best dawg announcer ever….. the dawg nation mourns the loss of a great one….

God Bless you Larry, you are missed……

Fig Newton

November 21st, 2011
2:09 pm

The world is a little quieter and a whole lot less colorful today after the loss of the beloved legendary Voice of the Bulldogs, Larry Munson. May sugar fall from the skies as you are greeted at the pearly gates by a chorus of barking Uga’s. You’re a Damn Good Dawg !

HOUDAWG

November 21st, 2011
2:15 pm

As a young kid ….. Walking down Idlewood road in Tucker, carrying a small transitor radio & listening to this new broadcaster named Larry Munson @ the FLA game. My biggest recollections are when Lynn Hughes jumped a route, intercepted Spurrier & took it back for a TD. And, of course, the number of times Stanfill & Patton laid Spurrier on his a$$ ….. ! The start of so many incredible seasons with Larry at the mic. Rest in peace Mr. Munson …. you were simply the BEST !!

bulldog steve

November 21st, 2011
2:39 pm

I still get chill bumps listening to Larry do the pregame at Sanford Stadium. My Dad taught me to listen to Munson when we first got our season tickets in 1977. I remember when they started putting the local radio station outside the UGA pressbox so we could listen to Larry even when we were on the road. We would buy my Dad a new radio headset every year so we would make sure he could listen to Larry. Larry was UGA and a Damn Good Dawg!