Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by mercury, Sep 7, 2005.
George talks Pistons
I think Blaha and Gene Keady go to the same barber.
Other than the Gene Keady haircut I like old homer George a lot. When he starts talking about the games in the late eighties and his favorite moment (the 007 shot) I have to agree. As much as I like the current Pistons that team and the Celtics rivalry was more intense and more exciting than this team.
LOL. Either that or they BUY their hair at the same toupee shop.
Good article. He is such a homer and a goofball. Likeable though.
How come I always forget about McDyess? When I think about how well he started playing along with how good the rest of the team is I feel really optimistic about Detroits chances...or is that just a natural result of reading Blaha????
I love Blaha. I've heard people complaining that he's a homer. No kidding he's a homer. Local announcers are supposed to be homers. That's how you gain local interest in your team and in your broadcast.
I don't think he's any more slanted in his view of the game than any other local announcer is. He clearly chears for the Pistons, but I think he also respects the teams that they play against.
I also love Laimbeer as the colour man. Mahorn is an inarticulate loser. He's like the George Forman of NBA colour commentary.
Yeah, there homers ... then there's blatant disrespect for the oppostion like The Celts Johnny Most and Terrible Tommy Heisoln... dissscustingly homeristic.
If I was an outsider listening to Blaha, I'd say this guy is a hommer but he still gives credit to other teams as well.... it's rare when he says bad things about other players.... unless our guys are threatened then watch out.
"Chauncey kisses it off the high glass".
Merc, glad you see you mentioned that piece of poo Heinsohn. I get the Celtics games here and when Detroit plays 'em, I get Tommy. He's one of the worst.
Favorite Blaha line: "Vinnie, with the leaner."
"Rainbows... and it goes!"
"the Prince of the Palace"
"the long arm of the law"
"How about that!"
"Hooks and hits"
"Dunkin' Darvin with the Ham Slamwich!"
Speaking of Homer
Celtics announcer is the biggest homer in history. If you have league pass, you know what I mean.
George Is Great But
and no disrespect to him but Chick Hearn was the best and Johnny Most #2.
It was very hard to listen to Hearn in his last few years when he was no longer qualified to announce pro basketball due to his health and age but the Lakers out of loyalty kept him to the end.
Chick Hearn made showtime. In fact before Magic came along Hearn was Mr. Showtime. He more than anyone else built the Laker franchise into the mass media attraction that it became. I dare say that the NBA would not be where it is today if Hearn had not been the Laker announcer in the difficult years. But it was he and Most that turned millions of Americans on to the NBA through their live play by play announcing on TV.
I used to watch and listen to every L.A. game that was broadcast and radiocast when Chick was in his prime. Even though I still live in L.A. I haven't watched a Laker game in over 5 years. It is just not the same. No Chick and no Magic figuratively and literally makes for no Showtime as good as the Lakers were when they won under Phil J.
Hey fellas you've got to luv Blaha, he's the best and it just wouldn't seem like Pistons basketball without him. No doubt he's a true homer, but he gets paid to be one and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I second that. Blaha bleeds red and blue
Replacing George would be more difficult than filling Harwells shoes. Earnie split time every 3 innings getting us used to another voice/style whereas we get Blaha full time.
Is Ricky Coming Back?
He is entertaining, but the best live basketball analyst I have ever heard is that former Piston star? Stu Lantz.
That guy really knows his stuff. For those of you who have not heard him you have really missed a special treat when it comes to insightful game action commentary. Too bad Joel Myers is so terrible.
Great quote from Blaha
Blaha (when asked if Rip and Chauncey will make the All-Start team):
"Sometimes when you play on a five-man team instead of a one or two-man team, you get time off in February and have to work overtime into June. "
That comment is worth a Tommy point IMO.
Good stuff. I read that about 2 hours ago. I always yune out the other announcers for blaha, he's the best no doubt.
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