Sunday, September 4, 2011

Different listening to a game without Woody.

Saturday was a difficult day for many tarheel fans. First off I have been following Carolina football and Basketball for the last 30 something years and have followed only one voice,especially in basketball. Growing up I got accustomed to turning down the volume on TV and turning up the radio. (Now its difficult because one feed is always ahead of the other) The voice that gave u eyes on the radio. Using your radio dial as a description of the direction of the playing field. Even some of the biggest Carolina haters I know hated to see him go. Nothing against Jones Angell but he has some really big shoes to fill. Still remember as a kid playing ball and pretending Woody was doing play by play. His voice gave us memories we will never forget. So many times when watching on TV and u needed a little umph that only Woody could provide. So u would sneak away or walk outside to put Woody on the radio in the car or hide in one of the bedrooms and listen to game on a clock radio. Many people listened to Woody on a headset while attending a basketball or football game. Woody made a lot of Tarheel fans become superstitious by saying,"its time for u to go where you go and do what u do" That means its crunch time and go do what ever you do to will the Heels to a win. Carolina has had some amazing wins over the years and listening to Woody calling those moments are unforgetable. Durham has been behind the microphone for 13 of the Tar Heels' 18 Final Fours, as well as four national championships (1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009.Durham's tenure has spanned the college careers of some of the storied basketball program's biggest names, including Phil Ford, Michael Jordan, Antawn Jamison and Tyler Hansbrough. He also called games during the football careers of Lawrence Taylor, Amos Lawrence and Julius Peppers, among others. He also broadcasted 23 bowl games.

Woody's sons now follow in his footsteps; Wes, a five-time Georgia Sportscaster of the Year, will be in his 14th year as the play-by-play broadcaster at Georgia Tech and his fifth as the voice of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. Taylor is the network affiliations manager for International Sports Properties in Winston-Salem, NC.
We will miss u Woody! Thanks for the memories!


Ken White said...

I was quite sad this weekend. 2 institutions of my entire life are gone. With the rare, rare exception, pretty much every year of my life, at least since I was old enough to notice what was on a television, I watched Jerry Lewis on his Labor Day telethon. When I was a kid, as my kids are sick of hearing about, there were only like 5 channels. So everyone watched at least a little bit of Jerry. I still remember (sort of) the night my dad bet me I couldn't stay up and watch the whole thing. I think around 2 or 3 he finally gave up and assumed I would make it, and sent me to bed. Sad to see that era end, even though based on his performance of the last couple of years, it was probably time. Getting old sucks.

I'm not a huge college football fan. Basketball was always my passion, and the NFL sucked me in like everyone else eventually. Also, I'm an NC State Fan. But my easliest and probably still best memories of college football are the cool crisp days out raking leaves in the Fall, listening to Woody describe run after run from that magical backfield of Amos Lawrence and Kelvin Bryant. I of course remember hundreds of basketball games he did, especially from those early years when there just weren't many games on TV.

I like listening to Bob Harris, have grown to accept NC State's crew, but when Woody was at his best, there was nobody better. I think he knew he wasn't at his best anymore, but it is sad to see him go. Getting old sucks.