Larry Munson was, is, and will always be what is good about Georgia football. I remember sitting between the hedges and seeing people with their head phones on just to get a little taste of Larry and thinking to myself, "why would a person drive all the way to Athens to see a game just to listen to the radio."
Well, it took one listen and I was hooked. His words could paint a picture more fascinating than your eyes could ever behold and his enthusiasm was contagious. That voice—something about that voice.
He didn't just give a play by play and he wasn't always optimistic, but he always made you feel like you were on the field, right in the middle of all the action. Your blood pressure would rise, your heart would beat faster and you never wanted it to end.
Years and years have gone by since some of my favorite calls took place and still, when I listen to them, I sit on the edge of my seat wondering how it will all end up. Waiting, just waiting for Larry to will the team to score.
I know there had to be at least a million calls or more over the years, but there are those few that will remain in the hearts of the bulldog faithful forever.
His love, loyalty and dedication to the Dawgs have made him one of the most beloved people to ever grace the program and no matter how many years go by, no one will ever forget that voice.
So, here we are, it's tied at 23 and there are 11 seconds remaining in the game. Kevin Butler already has a big challenge, but to Larry, this isn't just a 60 yard field goal. It's a 60 yard field goal that could win the game for us.
"So we'll try and kick one 100,000 miles, we hold it on our own 49-1/2, 60 yards plus a foot and Butler kicks a long one, Butler kicks a long one, Oh my God! Oh My God! Oh my God! The stadium is worse than bonkers. 11 seconds left and I can't believe what I saw. This is ungodly."
He must have yelled hunker down a million times on this one day. What a game. It came down to the last few minutes with Georgia up 19-14 and Auburn with the ball. It was 3rd down and 21. This wasn't just the SEC Title game, but also a birth to the Sugar Bowl. Larry did everything he could this day to pull the Dawgs out.
"Hunker down you guys! If you didn't hear me you guys, hunker down!!........I know I'm asking a lot you guys, but hunker it down one more time....pass into the endzone, they broke it up, they broke it up. The dogs, with 42 seconds....I won't ask you to do that again you guys......................oh look at the sugar falling out of the sky! Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!!"
You know that freshman that shocked the bulldog nation. Well, on this faithful day in Tennessee, Herschel Walker was about to make his presence known and score what would be the first of many touch downs. Georgia pulled this one out, barely, 16-15.
"Tennessee leading 15-2, the crowd roaring against Georgia trying to make them drop it so they can't hear. We hand it off to Herschel, there's a hole, 5, 10, 12, he's running over pople! 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 nine. Herschel Walker went 16 yards. He drove right over those orange shirts, just driving and running with those big thighs. My God, a freshman!"
I will never forget this day as long as I'm alive. Almost all college football fans, whether they bleed red or not, know this play call.
I was sitting on the edge of my seat, just willing the Dawgs for a win and praying that God would grant us a miracle just this one time.
After Georgia and Tennessee flip flopped possessions a few times, it came down to Vols 24, Georgia 20 with 44 seconds left on the clock. Georgia made it all the way down to the Volunteer six yard line and with five seconds left, delivered a play that was heard round the football nation.
"Tennessee playing what amounts to a 4-4, fake, and there's somebody, touchdown! My God a touchdown! We threw it to Haynes. We just stuffed 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! Haynes is keeping the ball! Haynes is running all the way across to the bench. We just dumped it over 26-24. We just stepped on their face with a hobnailed boot and broke their nose. We just crushed their faces!"
All you have to do to get a UGA fan fired up is mention the word gator. On this day, November 8, 1980, Georgia had their backs against the wall and things weren't looking good.
With 90 seconds left on the clock and Flordia leading by one, the Dawgs found themselves sitting at their own seven yard line facing third-and-11. They needed something big to happen.
"Florida in a stand up five, they may or may not blitz. Blue third down on the eight, in trouble, he got a block behind him going to throw on the run, complete on the 25 to 30, Lindsay Scott 35, 40, Lindsay Scott 45, 50, 45, 40....run Lindsay, 25, 20, 15, 10, Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott! Well, I can't believe it. 92 yards and Lindsay really got in a foot race. I broke my chair. I came right through a chair. A metal steel chair with about a five inch cushion, I broke it. The booth came apart. The stadium...well the stadium fell down, now they do have to renovate this place... they'll have to rebuild it now. This is incredible. You know this game has always been called the World's Greatest Cocktail Party, do you know what's gonna happen here tonight, and up at St. Simmons and Jeckyl Island, and all those places where all those Dawg people have got those condominiums for four days. Man is there going to be some property destroyed tonight! 26-21, Dawgs on top. We were gone. I'd gave up, you did too. We were out of it and gone. Miracle!"
Thanks for the memories Larry. You will never be forgotten. You are Georgia football!!