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Munson retires: Listen to his greatest calls

POSTED: September 26, 2008 5:01 a.m.

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  • 1973 vs Tennessee: My God, Georgia's beaten Tennessee in Knoxville.
  • 1975 vs Florida: Appleby to Washington
  • 1978 vs Kentucky: YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!
  • 1980 vs Tennessee: My God, a freshman.  
  • 1992 vs Auburn: We saved ourselves, I don't know how.
  • 2001 vs Tennessee: We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot.
  • 2002 vs Auburn: Touchdown! Oh, God, a touchdown!
  • 2006 vs Georgia Tech: Stafford to Massaquoi  
  • 2002 vs Alabama: Greene to Gibson  
  • 1984 vs Clemson: Oh, my God! Oh, my God!  
  • 1982 vs Auburn: Look at the sugar falling out of the sky
  • 1980 vs Florida: Run, Lindsay!

For more than four decades, the gravelly voice of Larry Munson has begged his beloved Georgia Bulldogs to hunker down. Nearly every significant play since 1966 has a classic Munson play-by-play call, from Rex Robinson's thrilling field goal against Kentucky, to Herschel Walker's first touchdown, to sugar falling from the sky in Auburn and hobnail boots smashing noses in Knoxville. Here are some calls we think are among Munson's most memorable.

Tell us what you will remember about the great Larry Munson below.

1980 vs. Florida

"Buck back, third down on the 8, in trouble. Got a block behing 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, 20, 5! LINDSAY SCOTT! LINDSAY SCOTT! LINDSAY SCOTT! ... I can’t believe it. I broke my chair. I came right through a chair. A metal, steel chair with about a five-inch cushion. ... Do you know what is gonna happen here tonight and up at St. Simons and Jekyll Island and all those places where all those Dog people have got these condominiums for four days? Man, is there gonna be some property destroyed tonight."

2001 vs. Tennessee

"God, 10 seconds, and we’re on their 6. ... Tennessee playing what amounts to a 4-4. Fake! And there’s a TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN! My God, a touchdown! We threw it to... We threw it to Haynes! We just stuffed it with 5 seconds left! My God Almighty, did you see what he did? ... We just dumped it over! It’s 26-24! We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose! We just crushed their face."

1982 vs. Auburn

"Fourth and 17. I know I’m asking a lot, you guys, but hunker it down one more time. Auburn up to the line on the 21... And Campbell, as they blitz on him, he threw a high, wobbly pass. They fight in the endzone and the Dogs broke it up! They broke it up! They broke it up! ... I won’t ask you to do that again, you guys. ... Georgia students and fans standing and roaring, 23, 22, 21. Clock running, running. Oh, look at the sugar falling out of the sky! Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!"

1980 vs. Tennessee

"We hand it off to Herschel. There’s a hole! 5, 10, 12! He’s running over people! Oh, you Herschel Walker. ... My God Almighty, he ran right through two men! Herschel ran right over two men! They had him dead away inside the 9! Herschel Walker went 16 yards! He drove right over orange shirts, just driving and running with those big thighs! My God, a freshman!"



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