I have nothing against David Locke, Craig Bolerjack, or Matt Harpring, but to me, Jazz games will never be the same without Hot Rod Hundley and Ron Boone. (I know Boone still does the radio, but I have to think that he is getting close to hanging up his headphones).
So I want to ask Jazz fans what your favorite memories of both are. Here are mine..........Hot Rod:
I don't remember the year, or even the exact game. I know it was in the late 90's. We were playing a seemingly meaningless game against an inferior opponent and we were destroying them. It was the third quarter, and I think we were up by 20 or so. Basically, if you could find a moment that had the least amount of drama in the history of the Jazz, this was it. Ostertag stepped to the line and missed the first free throw. He made the second and Hot Rod just exploded. "HE MADE IT! UNBELIEVABLE!" in a voice that sounded like Ostertag had just hit the winning basket in game 7 of the finals.
I have to also mention a moment that my Dad remembers from the early 80's. The Bullets were in town and some guy on their team hit a full court shot as the buzzer sounded to give the visitors the win. Everyone in the Salt Palace, two referees, and the scorekeeper could all tell that the player had released the shot AFTER the buzzer had sounded. The Jazz should have won. BUT, the head official overruled everyone and called the basket good. The place boo'd like crazy. Hot Rod came out onto the court with the microphone and yelled into it. "Ladies and gentleman, tonight.....WE GOT SCREWED!!!!!!!!!" and he was given a thunderous ovation.
Boone is widely known for his obvious commentary and for his interrupting critical moments to announce that the game is sponsored by Mountain America or the Peppermill Casino in wendover. Anyway, my all-time favorite Boone moment came during a game that, again, I cant remember who we played. It was fairly tight and in the fourth quarter. All of a sudden, Boone says to Hot Rod...."Do you know what my favorite movie is? Its "One flew over the cuckoos nest"! In fact, I think I have a copy of it here in my bag." and then you hear this rummaging noise. Classic Boone!
Anyway........what are your favorite memories of these Jazz icons?