Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers the immensely likeable, former ESPN College Game Day commentator Lou Holtz.
His sterling studio schtick always earned him a spot in my living room each fall weekend.
Sure, the retired little Lou looked like he never played a lick and probably could never bench press a broom.
But, for cryin’ out loud – as this charismatic old coaching codger liked to say – I absolutely loved Lou Holtz as a talking head and co-anchor with Mark May during ESPN College Game Day broadcasts.
Lou Holtz’s Candid ESPN Coverage
Lou Holtz’s candid ESPN college football coverage always carried clout!
Viewers were smitten by the outspoken purity of this grandfatherly pigskin pundit and television’s a-typical talking head.
Who cared if this retired coach sported a face for radio rather than network television?
His colorful commentating was welcome in my living room any day of the week.
The former Notre Dame, South Carolina and Minnesota head football coach may have mis-pronunciated, inarticulated and mis-syllabicated whenever he opened his mouth.
But, what fan really cared?
The immensely loveable Lou emanated total trust.
He prognosticated with passion and purpose.
Most importantly, he generated unbridled enthusiasm from the ESPN Sports Center Studio.
Football fans looked quickly past his saucer shaped spectacles and learned to live with his lovable lisp.
They humored him for his histrionics and hair-brained hunches.
Why? Because they, too, absolutely loved Lou Holtz!
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MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!