March 04, 2016

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 4 comments

Bud Collins has died.

posted by yerfatma at 11:56 AM on March 04

RIP Bud Collins. Great piece by the Globe. Thanks for linking. I'm envisioning a very colorful and lively memorial service. I'd give anything to be a faceless door holder at that event.

posted by beaverboard at 02:16 PM on March 04

This native Bostonian had the privilege of reading his articles and columns regularly in The Boston Globe. It did not matter what the subject was, nor what was Collins' particular point of view, he was always interesting and fun to read. I remember his work on WGBH, the Public TV station in Boston. He did tennis, of course, but also I remember him doing commentary on college ice hockey when WGBH regularly broadcast the games. While watching the Celtics on TV tonight, the play-by-play announcer, Mike Gorman, gave a brief eulogy of Collins. Gorman said he had called basketball games with Collins doing commentary. While Gorman did not specify where, I suspect this was when Gorman was the announcer for Providence College. Gorman also related the story that Bud Collins had insisted that NBC employ Gorman to do tennis with him at the Barcelona Olympic Games, giving Gorman an important assist in gaining future assignments with NBC. Tom Heinsohn, the former Celtic and now part-time color man on the Celtics broadcast contributed the information that Bud Collins and the late Celtics' coach Red Auerbach regularly played tennis together, and that Auerbach's "backcourt" dink-and-dunk game was the counter to Collins. Bud Collins was far more than a tennis announcer.

posted by Howard_T at 10:24 PM on March 04

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