Saturday, September 22, 2007
(posted by OMDQ)
For years now, the best part of watching Celtics games on television has been color commentator Tommy Heinsohn. A former player and coach for the team, Heinsohn is without a doubt the biggest homer I have ever heard call a game. His specialty is complaining about discrepancies in the officiating - in his eyes, no Celtic has ever committed a foul, and any referee who suggests otherwise obviously needs an eye exam. And the passion with which he calls the games, even at 73 years old...just once, I want him paired up with Gus Johnson for a tightly contested NBA Finals game involving the Celtics. Just once. The world would never be the same.
In other words, Tommy Heinsohn is gloriously awesome. He's my favorite announcer ever, in any sport (Joe Castiglione is a very close second).
Unfortunately, we are nearing the beginning of the end of the Heinsohn Era on Celtics television broadcasts. It was announced on Friday that due to his wife's health, Heinsohn will only do short road trips, an arrangement that will rob Celtics fans of his presence for at least 13 games in the 2007-08 season. He will be replaced by Donny Marshall.
My absolute favorite quote in that abovce link came from Mike Gorman, Heinsohn's longtime broadcast partner:
"Tommy likes to talk about the whys of, as the analyst, and I like to talk about the whats...It's very rare that I would step on his bailiwick, and vice versa."Well, thank goodness for that. I'd hate for anyone to sustain a serious bailiwick injury. You don't just bounce back from those.
(For the record, "bailiwick" is "a person's specific area of interest, skill, or authority." Obviously, Mike Gorman is smart and uses big, scary words to demonstrate that fact.)
Hopefully all is well with Mrs. Heinsohn and Tommy can continue to impart his wisdom ("THEY'RE GONNA CALL THAT A HARD FOUL?!") through studio appearances on the pre- and post-game shows.