Today made me realize why I loved Dick Enberg
I had to go to the Clipper game today at 12:30, the plan was to watch the game at Staples and catch the Giant/Packer game at an LA Live eatery before heading home to see what the beautiful people were up to at the Golden Globes.
The Clippers played their part in the plan by running away from the depleted Heat so I left with five minutes to go and a twenty point lead. This took me to Lawry’s Carvery to watch the game. It isn’t a sports bar but they have the game on in strategic places and weren’t crowded so it was perfect for me. When I sat down my Packers were down 6 – 0 and things didn’t look good for them. That all changed in the next five minutes as the Packers scored to take the lead, and then Aaron Rodgers did his Hail Mary penance and put the Packers up 14 -6 headed into halftime.
I had finished my lunch and beer, so I could either sit through halftime or drive home and hope to catch the 4th quarter at home. I went for the latter and I’m glad I did. I found the game on 107 KNX and listened to the game on the car radio. I hadn’t heard a football game on the radio in years, but as I listened it brought back beautiful memories of Dick Enberg and Willie Ellison. Nothing quite beats
tackled at the 28. With each five yard marker, the announcer’s voice gets just a bit more animated. As the voice rises, your heart beats faster either hoping for more yardage if your man is running with the ball or a tackle to stop the yardage counter if you are on defense. The announcer is your only link, and a good announcer makes all the difference. The Packers seemed to score at will on the drive home and that kind of call happened several times. Until I had heard it, I hadn’t realized how much I had missed it.
Dick Enberg was the best at it for me because he was what I grew up listening too. I think Dick was gone by the time Eric Dickerson came to town, but I do think he was there for Willie Ellison and Wendell Tyler which gave us plenty of calls like I described above.
Wendell Tyler was my favorite Ram running back but that is a story for tomorrow when you find out that as great as Wendell was for the Bruins and Rams, his greatest contribution has been as a father.