Posted by: Annie Whittaker Jazzbot Blogger on November 2nd, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I tuned into the radio broadcast of the last Jazz game and of course I heard David Locke calling the game. I couldn’t help but miss the voice of Hot Rod Hundley, and I think I will for a very long time. Nothing against Locke, just a testament to what Hot Rod did with the team and his career.
I remember when David Locke first took over calling games. His voice isn’t exactly smooth is it? And frankly, the delivery of his commentary wasn’t either; not by a long shot. People wrote on this blog and others complaining about the way that he sounded. So when I turned on the radio and thought about Hot Rod this time, I started getting all nostalgic about the golden voice that would be no longer. But then, I came to a realization about actual reality. Hots didn’t have a golden toned or smooth voice. His voice had the same tonal quality of the cars driving over loose gravel in my parking lot.
The thing that endeared us to Hot Rod of course, was what he said. Yes he got points for flare, and the way that he phrased things could never be beat, but it wasn’t how he sounded, that made him a hall of famer; if we are trying to be exact. David Locke has a unique voice, and I’m not just talking about the sound produced by his vocal chords. David offers a unique perspective and insight that dare I say; Hot Rod did not?
David Locke was talking about the Halloween activities of the team while on their road trip. I for one appreciate these little glimpses into the life of a Jazz player. I don’t want to know juicy private details of their lives, but I do appreciate the insight into what makes the team work. That chemistry that has been brought up so much in the last 2 weeks is affected by these little activities like going to the spook alley as a team. So while Hot Rod could never be replaced in my mind, or in the mind of anyone else I’m sure; I think the guy that took over his job is making the job his own. This goes to show the overall quality of the Jazz organization as a whole, which makes me that much happier to be one of it’s fans.
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