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Ray Scott, why was he fired?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Upper Tupper, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. Upper Tupper

    Upper Tupper Member

    My all-time favorite football play-by-play man, what happened to him in 1974?
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    This thread is right up D_B's alley.
  3. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Starr .... Dowler ... touchdown.
  4. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    From all I could gather, CBS just thought it was time to make Summerall the lead guy. He was the color guy to Scott before being elevated to lead play-by-play.
  5. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    I'm not old enough to have heard Scott live, but my dad and others who are old enough to know said Scott was boring. Dependable, but boring.
  6. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Scott always held the belief that a play-by-play guy on TV should just be nothing more than a glorified PA announcer.
  7. Yawn

    Yawn New Member

    Scott gave the facts, just the facts. In the "if we don't have schtick, we don't have shit and our ratings are in panic mode tomorrow" mentality of the network heads, he'd never, never made it.
    But he was great.
  8. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    That was right around the time that MNF was huge and networks thought you needed big personalities in the booth. Scott was from the old school where the announcers never intruded on the game. He didn't call a lot of attention to himself and he didn't think it was his job to banter off-topic with the analysts.

    The networks hired a lot of unfunny drawlers looking for the next Don Meredith.
  9. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    My father hated watching football on TV in the 1960s because it always featured A) The Green Bay Packers and B) Ray Scott.

    It is appropriate to this story that my father grew up in the Boston area as a Giants fan (no Pats yet), and married a woman from Upper Michigan whose whole family were rabid Packer fans. One of my dad's prouder moments was being in Green Bay, around his in-laws, seeing Bart Starr at a shopping center, and yelling, "Hey, it's Y.A. Tittle!"
  10. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    When I was in college, I wanted to do radio play-by-play. So my Dad sent me a newspaper story about Ray Scott and scrawled on the clipping, "This guy doesn't even make a dollar a mile!"

    It was then I made the economically wise decision to stick to sportswriting.
  11. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Spent a couple of hours with him once around 1990 or so when I was on assignment in the Twin Cities. He had all kinds of great stories ... I think he was in the MNF booth when a drunken Howard Cosell threw up on his shoes.
  12. GuessWho

    GuessWho Active Member

    Was at an NFL game in the mid-60s as a fan and remember looking up at the pressbox where he was working. It was like the CBS booth was on fire with all the cigarette smoke pouring out. You could barely see his outline, with a cigarette hanging out the side of his mouth.
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