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(WFAA Fort Worth)   Pat Summerall has kicked it at 82   (wfaa.com) divider line 81
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2013-04-16 05:51:31 PM
It's funny cuz he was a kicker!
 
2013-04-16 07:59:01 PM
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2013-04-16 07:59:21 PM
Goodnight, "2nd and 8" man.
 
2013-04-16 08:02:16 PM
Probably cirrhosis, liver failure...some kind of booze related thing.

Sounded to me during broadcasts that the guy was drunk Summerall of the time.

Thank you and good night.
 
2013-04-16 08:03:14 PM
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R.I.P.
PAT SUMMIT

 
2013-04-16 08:04:00 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Probably cirrhosis, liver failure...some kind of booze related thing.

Sounded to me during broadcasts that the guy was drunk Summerall of the time.

Thank you and good night.


Heart attack according to Fox Sports Radio
 
2013-04-16 08:08:27 PM
He was 82. Time was, someone 82 died and we'd say he died of old age. Now, we talk about how alcohol ruined his liver.

He and Madden were the best team ever.
 
2013-04-16 08:10:02 PM

Banned on the Run: AdolfOliverPanties: Probably cirrhosis, liver failure...some kind of booze related thing.

Sounded to me during broadcasts that the guy was drunk Summerall of the time.

Thank you and good night.

Heart attack according to Fox Sports Radio


But I couldn't think of a name-related joke for that.
 
2013-04-16 08:12:13 PM
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RIP
 
2013-04-16 08:13:51 PM
The hard part is over, Pat. Have a drink and put it on my tab.
 
2013-04-16 08:15:34 PM
I'm kinda shocked that he died before Madden.  I loved that broadcast team, even when they were more senile than lucid.
 
2013-04-16 08:19:08 PM
So who was drunker on air: Summerall or Venturi?
 
2013-04-16 08:26:32 PM

Cletus C.: He was 82. Time was, someone 82 died and we'd say he died of old age. Now, we talk about how alcohol ruined his liver.

He and Madden were the best team ever.


Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen weren't far off.  But yes, in the 80s and into the mid-90s, Summerall and Madden were as good as you got.
 
2013-04-16 08:29:26 PM
Now THAT is a really funny headline.

He was a kicker AND he died.
 
2013-04-16 08:30:14 PM
All those prayers for death offered while working with Madden were answered too late.
 
2013-04-16 08:37:56 PM
Kids these days don't know, but when Madden and Summerall were in their prime, no one was better.
 
2013-04-16 08:43:09 PM

Here's John Madden's Telestration of how Pat Summerall's funeral will proceed:


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2013-04-16 08:44:22 PM
From a Yahoo article on Mr. Summerall, "He didn't need to scream over a big play to let the audience know it was a big play. He let the pictures and sounds speak. A lot of today's announcers could learn from it." So very true! I blame ESPN and especially that fatass Chris Berman for the "look at me" style of broadcasting so prevalent these days.
 
2013-04-16 08:46:02 PM
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RIP Little Miss Somersault
 
2013-04-16 08:46:33 PM
So, Pat... You gonna be needing that liver?

/Liver deserves the 0.tqn.com tag
 
2013-04-16 08:47:12 PM

skinink: Here's John Madden's Telestration of how Pat Summerall's funeral will proceed:
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All it needs is a "BOOM!"
 
2013-04-16 08:48:38 PM
I'll never forget Summerall's call of the first Saints playoff game in '87, or at least the first five minutes of it.  Madden was quiet for most of the first quarter.  On the first play of the game Rickey Jackson nailed Tommy Kramer in the backfield  ("Kramer... on first down, chased and brought down by Rickey Jackson... He's had a Pro Bowl year, and what a way to start!"), the Vikings gave it away on the second play of the game (Summerall called Vaughan Johnson (#53) with the recovery when it was really Frank Warren (#73), but nailed it with "The Saints led the regular season in turnovers... And they've got the first one!"  ... and two plays later... "Hebert, in the direction of Eric Martin.... TOUCHDOWN SAINTS!"

Compare/contrast to that goddamn Jim Nantz calling the Saints winning it all a few years back.  That guy oughtta be wandering around Woodbury looking for the Governor and don't even get me started on that mindless twat Phil Simms.

Of course the Saints ended up getting slaughtered that day, but still.
 
2013-04-16 08:49:55 PM
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RIP PAT
 
2013-04-16 08:52:03 PM
All right, all right, I'll say it.

Given Pat's low key style, there are times I think the shoepisser is trying (and, of course, failing) to emulate him.
 
2013-04-16 08:54:49 PM

greggm59: From a Yahoo article on Mr. Summerall, "He didn't need to scream over a big play to let the audience know it was a big play. He let the pictures and sounds speak. A lot of today's announcers could learn from it." So very true! I blame ESPN and especially that fatass Chris Berman for the "look at me" style of broadcasting so prevalent these days.


Yet one of the biggest complaints about Joe Buck is he has no enthusiasm for the sports he covers.
 
2013-04-16 09:00:45 PM
He was great at tennis, too--his match-calling during Connors' '91 US Open run was worth all the reruns.

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2013-04-16 09:11:38 PM

UNC_Samurai: Cletus C.: He was 82. Time was, someone 82 died and we'd say he died of old age. Now, we talk about how alcohol ruined his liver.

He and Madden were the best team ever.

Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen weren't far off.  But yes, in the 80s and into the mid-90s, Summerall and Madden were as good as you got.


So much this. Before Madden got full of himself, and Summerall realized he wasn't getting any younger, those two were the absolute *best* at calling an NFL game, and contributed greatly to CBS owning NFL football coverage. Troy Aikman wishes he was half the color commentator that madden was, and Joe Buck wishes he was fit to lick the spittle off of Summerall's shoes after he walked through a sewer.
 
2013-04-16 09:16:03 PM
RIP Pat Summerall, I always liked him. Never could stand that blowhard Madden though.
 
2013-04-16 09:17:03 PM
Goodnight, Frequently Obviously Drunk When Calling Football Games Man.
 
2013-04-16 09:27:56 PM

Cletus C.: He was 82. Time was, someone 82 died and we'd say he died of old age. Now, we talk about how alcohol ruined his liver.

He and Madden were the best team ever.


This.  Some grew up on the NFL while watching Monday Night Football; I grew up on the NFL listening to Pat and John call big games on Sundays.

RIP Pat.
 
2013-04-16 09:28:46 PM
Oh yeah, Drunk Pat Summerall > most NFL announcers today.
 
2013-04-16 09:29:19 PM

Cletus C.: He was 82. Time was, someone 82 died and we'd say he died of old age. Now, we talk about how alcohol ruined his liver.

He and Madden were the best team ever.


Well, Pat was the best, I'll grant you that. Madden was good early on but as he get older he became as irritating as latter-day George Carlin.
 
2013-04-16 09:29:24 PM
Pat Summerall  made football sound like serious business
 
2013-04-16 09:34:20 PM
I remember when he was the morning DJ for WINS in New York City in the late 60s.  He was probably the best morning man I've ever heard, but WINS went all news and he moved on.
 
2013-04-16 09:40:53 PM

UNC_Samurai: greggm59: From a Yahoo article on Mr. Summerall, "He didn't need to scream over a big play to let the audience know it was a big play. He let the pictures and sounds speak. A lot of today's announcers could learn from it." So very true! I blame ESPN and especially that fatass Chris Berman for the "look at me" style of broadcasting so prevalent these days.

Yet one of the biggest complaints about Joe Buck is he has no enthusiasm for the sports he covers.


I get what you're saying but there's a fine line between low key/subtle and lifeless. Buck is still in the latter category.

And I agree with the sentiments on Enberg/Olsen. For the real old-timers, how about Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis?
 
2013-04-16 09:47:40 PM
He was in a lot of Madden games, 2000-2005 I believe.
 
2013-04-16 10:04:10 PM

eddievercetti: He was in a lot of Madden games, 2000-2005 I believe.


He was in Madden games up until 2002, which is when he retired. 2003 had Madden with Al Michaels.
 
2013-04-16 10:10:01 PM

UNC_Samurai: greggm59: From a Yahoo article on Mr. Summerall, "He didn't need to scream over a big play to let the audience know it was a big play. He let the pictures and sounds speak. A lot of today's announcers could learn from it." So very true! I blame ESPN and especially that fatass Chris Berman for the "look at me" style of broadcasting so prevalent these days.

Yet one of the biggest complaints about Joe Buck is he has no enthusiasm for the sports he covers.


Chris Berman and Joe Buck are on opposite ends of the spectrum.  Berman yells so much and gets so worked up over just about everything that the emotional outburst loses its impact.  Meanwhile Buck reacts to a freakishly impossible play (Eli Manning escaping from crowd of defenders and Tyree catching the pass against his helmet, for example) with the exact same enthusiasm as a run up the middle for a 3 yard gain.
 
2013-04-16 10:11:23 PM

Woolwine: eddievercetti: He was in a lot of Madden games, 2000-2005 I believe.

He was in Madden games up until 2002, which is when he retired. 2003 had Madden with Al Michaels.


Oh right, the ABC switch.
 
2013-04-16 10:30:43 PM
Best Summerall call of all time- a receiver lays out to make a seemingly impossible, one-handed grab while falling out of bounds. He keeps his hand under the ball for an easy, no-doubt completion. Madden's going off about what a great play it was, being typical Madden. Summerall waits for him to finish, and then just says

"That guy... should've been a waiter."

That's genius. RIP, Pat. Thanks for calling some fun memories.
 
2013-04-16 10:31:06 PM
He was born in 1930, at least he outlived Communism.  And Twinkies.
 
2013-04-16 10:51:28 PM
His low key approach was just what I needed on those many hungover Sunday afternoons laying on the couch.  Thanks for the memories Pat, RIP
 
2013-04-16 10:57:35 PM
Jebus, it's been 10+ years since he's called a game?

I is old.
 
2013-04-16 11:00:22 PM

JerseyTim: Kids these days don't know, but when Madden and Summerall were in their prime, no one was better.


This. Thanksgivings at my grandparents' watching football with John and Pat are some of the fondest memories I have.

John Buck 41: I get what you're saying but there's a fine line between low key/subtle and lifeless. Buck is still in the latter category.


And this. Pat called play by play. Buck is just reciting a script.
 
2013-04-16 11:08:10 PM
I hear that the off-camera fights between Summerall and Madden about Ace vs. True Value were epic.
 
2013-04-16 11:09:25 PM
I hear the off-camera fights between Madden and Summerall about Ace vs. True Value were epic.
 
2013-04-16 11:21:14 PM

The Smails Kid: Jebus, it's been 10+ years since he's called a game?

I is old.


I hadn't realized it had been that long either.

We both is old
 
2013-04-16 11:36:04 PM
Oh no; there's a man down.
 
2013-04-16 11:40:59 PM
Liked my headline better ...

Famed broadcaster Pat Summerall's second liver dies at age 22.
 
2013-04-17 12:00:12 AM

NakedReporta: Liked my headline better ...

Famed broadcaster Pat Summerall's second liver dies at age 22.


I remember when Pamela Andersons boobs turned 21.
 
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