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Mississippi State broadcaster Jack Cristil stepping down

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Citing health reasons, perhaps as soon as immediately following tonight's MSU-LSU basketball game:


    I imagine many of you have never heard of Jack, as he never became a big name the way guys like Georgia's Larry Munson or Tennessee's John Ward did (partly because State hasn't really been that great at football over the years). But he's been the voice of MSU football since 1953, meaning he called 58 of the Bulldogs' 110 seasons of football.

    His style is very understated, some might even say bland. But he was and is an absolute pro, and an institution in Starkville.
  2. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    What I like and remember most about Jack Cristil is you never wonder what the score is. Withing a minute or two after turning on the game, he'll tell you the score and situation. And can pound whiskey and chain smoke with the best of them.

    Wrap it in maroon and white, Jack. You've had a good run, and it was a blessing listening to one of the greats.
  3. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    I'm eager to hear the end of tonight's game, assuming this bus gets out of traffic in time.
  4. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Finally in the car. On XM 201 for those so equipped.
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Always sad when an institution like that fades into silence. Thanks for a half-century of service, Jack.
  6. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    58 years calling Mississippi State games? God, did anyone see more horseshit football than this guy did?
  7. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Any number of ACC broadcasters and beat writers ...
  8. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Apparently he will call Saturday's game at UT for his finale.
  9. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Going on kidney dialysis. Sounds half a second from crying.
  10. Sorry to hear about his health.

    But has anyone ever encountered a more miserable person than Jack? Kudos for lasting 58 years in the business...that's better than most of us can hope for. But I hope I'm a bit less curmudgeonly at that age. Or maybe that's part of his charm that I just missed.
  11. chilidog75

    chilidog75 Member

    None of em had to deal with it for 58 years though.
  12. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Duke says hi.
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