Howard's Second Chance
As the Dawgs head to Los Angeles looking to be the first repeat National Champions in the history of the College Football Playoff, there's a side story that I'm excited about. Scott Howard gets a chance to call a second national championship game, something Larry Munson was never able to do. In fact, Larry Munson didn't even get to call the only national championship Georgia won during his career. Think about it. Everyone remembers their favorite Larry Munson call, and it's a bit of a personal preference. But have you ever met anyone who told you their favorite call was what Larry said when Herschel scored either of his two touchdowns in the 1981 Sugar Bowl? Ever heard Larry wax poetic about Vince Dooley being carried off the field?
Now get the picture, Larry Munson did not call the 1981 Sugar Bowl due to an issue with the bowl game's radio broadcast rights. That's why you don't hear anyone talking about those calls. They didn't happen.
Back to Howard…If you've forgotten, Georgia Radio's play by play man was fighting through illness while calling last year's victory in Indianapolis. I'm glad he was able to call the game, but you could tell on the broadcast that Scott was not feeling 100%. In fact, I'm amazed he was able to muster up this call of Ringo's pick six to seal the game.
As a warm up in the Peach Bowl, Howard did his best Nostradamus impression wondering if the game would be won at "the stroke of midnight" before giving us the "no goo hoo hood" call on Noah Ruggles' missed field goal.
So on Monday night in Los Angeles, I hope Scott Howard gets to do something Larry Munson never had the opportunity to do…have his greatest call come from the national championship.