Thursday, June 21, 2007

Munson To Semi Retire

At age 84 Georgia Bulldogs play by play legend Larry Munson is semi retiring starting this fall: he will only broadcast the home games because it is too difficult to travel. Read this excellent article from this morning's Atlanta Journal Constitution, where Munson candidly discusses his declining health which is affecting his ability to work and live.

Looks like this is the only place you'll hear Munson calling from this year

As I said somewhere else, Munson, if you want to hang it up, hang it up my man. You have given us more joy than any announcer, well, ever, and shit man, you’re 84; chill out, relax, and reminisce about all the good times, great drink, and hott girls and great times in your 40 years doing your thing in Athens. A thousand thank yous, happy trails, God Speed, and all that good stuff.

If you want to pimp out your iPod with Munson's greatest calls, here's a handy guide. It always puts a smile on my face when the iPod shuffle gods throw me some Munson as I go about my day.

Paul Westerdawg has been covering this story from the get go, and I'm sure just like with all news Dawg related, he will keep us up to date as the details get finalized. I agree with him completely about maintaining the proper perspective of appreciation about this rather than going all Robert Smith melancholy about it. We are luckier than most fanbases to have the joy of listening to such a great play caller for over forty years, and we should be grateful and thankful, not bitter and sad. Best of luck Mr. Munson, and here is to your continued health.

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