Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Chick!

On this date in 1916, the greatest play-by-play man ever was born. Happy birthday and RIP, Chick Hearn!

For non-Laker fans, Chick Hearn was the play-by-play man for the Lakers from 1965 all the way through their most recent championship year in 2002 (and he never missed a game, working 3,338 games in a row, making A.C. Green seem like a wimp). His broadcasts were on both radio and television through the magic of simulcast, and he gave the basketball world such popular phrases as "slam dunk," "air ball," and "throws up a prayer...", as well as tons of other colorful and descriptive phrases. Here's a link to a collection of classic Chick-isms, although they make much more sense when you hear them than read them, so try browsing through the Old Golden Throat YouTube Channel.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, are some old highlights:

Other favorites:

Magic faked him into the popcorn machine! He's got butter all over him!

The game's in the refrigerator! The door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and THE JELLO'S JIGGLING!

And finally, here is a strange rendition of the Wazzup! commercials featuring the early 2000's Lakers:

1 comment:

  1. thanks for some awesome nostalgic footage and recognition of a national treasure. never seen that wazzuppp commercial before--notably missing: killjoy kobe.

    bless chick hearn.