More sad news in DawgLand. Larry Munson, legend of all legends, announced his retirement today from calling UGA football games. For all my memories of games, his is the voice in the background. When he was younger and more spry, he’d walk the campus on gameday, cigar in hand, visiting with alumni and fans and friends. He could build tension like no other. And you could hear the joy in his voice when we won, and you wept with him when we lost. Dear, dear Larry, you will be missed.
Get The Picture) sends his blessings, as do we all:
I doubt this is the way Munson wants to go out, but as the saying goes, sometimes the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. In any event, I will be forever grateful for the way the man has enriched our lives for so many years. As an epitaph for his career, to say there will never be another one like him is a woeful understatement, but so be it. God bless you, sir.
Once a Dawg, Always a Dawg, How Sweet it is!
UPDATE: Paul Westerdawg is keeping up with The Munson Tributes. And there are a lot!
UPDATE II: Colin Dunlap at the Red & Black –
Some pundits might reply to the news with their nose in the air and a snooty “so what?”
They’re the same pundits who said Uga VI was just a dog, and the hedges in Sanford are just shrubs. Yet we can only reply that if you don’t know the answer, you’ll never understand Georgia football.
We owe you a debt of gratitude, Larry Munson.
This weekend’s festivities will not be the same without you. But know this – your voice will echo in the ears of every football player and fan.
So here’s to you, Larry Munson, the only college football icon cooler than Bear Bryant.