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Thursday, January 8, 2009

So Long, Fudge.

Shoe's recent photo of Dickie V prompted a search in my archives for the one you see to the left - Billy "Fudge" Packer at his new job. Yes that's right, Billy Packer was (finally) shown the door by CBS this year. Now The Final 4 will be plausibly watchable with Clark Kellogg alongside Jim Nantz.
Now, I'm not as down on Vitale as Shoe may be, but he does have his faults. While Dickie V slurps and name drops all over his pals during broadcasts, he does bring a certain charm that was totally unnoticeable in Packer's surly demeanor. Vitale has become a caricature of himself, almost cartoonish. however he is positive and upbeat.
Packer was such a negative, self-absorbed bastard that he was just unbearable for me to listen to. Dickie V is good for the game; Packer tried his best to tear people down. Not to mention, Vitale has tirelessly worked on behalf of The V Foundation in the name of his late friend, former NC State coach Jim Valvano, to raise millions of dollars to research the cure for cancer. Packer once hired a psychic to find the weapon in the O.J. Simpson murder case.
As far as I'm concerned, I'll take the good with the bad and thank the heavens every time I hear Dickie V's voice that it wasn't Billy Packer's. Can't wait to hear Special K calling the action this March - "pass the pumpkin!"


  1. Glad to see Packer go. I literally cannot stand the sound of Vitale's voice though, and have no idea why anyone would enjoy listening to the guy.


Man, that chick beside me is smokin'.

Imagine waking up and seeing this on ESPN. I look like I'm having a stroke back there. Good Lord.

Imagine waking up and seeing this on ESPN. I look like I'm having a stroke back there. Good Lord.

3:30 AM, after the Louisville game.

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