Thursday, September 25, 2008

An ode to a Hob Nailed Boot

For the last three decades Georgia fans have been treated to one of the best announcers in the country, Larry Munson. But this Saturday will be the first time since the late 60's that Munson will not call a game between the hedges.

A bunch of years ago, my girlfriend, who is now my wife, made the trip down to see our friend at UGA for the Auburn game and before the game Munson was out front of the stadium signing schedule posters. So we all went up to get our posters signed and I told Larry to sign my poster and he put the wrong name, but I did not care. It was great to be able to talk to a legend like that and to see the people telling classic Munson story was also great.

So when people are watching the game Saturday night between UGA and 'Bama, take a minute to remember the man that gave us the classic phrase "Hob Nailed Boot.'' His voice made you feel like you were sitting right next to him.

Here are some of Munson's famous phrases:
  • Buck back. Third down on the 8. In trouble. Got a block behind him. Going to throw on the run. Complete to the 25, to the 30. Lindsay Scott 35, 40. Lindsay Scott 45, 50, 45, 40. Run Lindsay! Twenty-five, 20, 15, 10, 5. Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott! Well, I don't believe it. 92 yards and Lindsay really got in a footrace, I broke my chair, I came right through a chair, a metal STEEL chair...Do you know what is gonna happen here tonight? And up at St. Simons, Jekyll Island, and all those places, where all those Dawg people have got those condominiums for four days...MAN, is there gonna be some property destroyed tonight!" - calling wide receiver Lindsay Scott's 92-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Buck Belue against Florida in 1980.
  • "So we'll try to kick one a hundred thousand miles. We're holding it on our own 49-and-a-half ... gonna try to kick it sixty 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! I can't believe what he did! This is ungodly!" - calling Kevin Butler's field goal in the final seconds to win over Clemson in 1984.
  • "Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!" - at the end of the Auburn game in 1982
  • "We just stepped on their face with a hob-nailed boot and broke their nose! We just crushed their face!" - calling Georgia's last-second win over Tennessee in 2001
A video tribute to Munson

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