Being from the Statesboro, Georgia area and a LSU Tiger fan, it was graet to hear the news of Chris Blair, voice of the Georgia Southern Eagles, getting hired to replace Jim Hawthorne as the voice of the Tigers.
I have sat in the car plenty of Saturday afternoons to listen to Blair and his famous “Put an Eagle six on it!” calls every time the team scored.
According to the New Orleans Advocate, Blair will take his position at LSU starting for the 2016 baseball season. His hard work for the Eagles in the last decade has landed him at a top program in the country. Blair talked with the Advocate about his memories of listening to LSU when he was younger.
“We’d listen to Death Valley on the radio. There’s something different when you hear the roar at an LSU game,” he said. “It’s a literal roar.” He is certainly right about it being a roar inside Tiger Stadium. We all know the story of the fans being so loud that it actually registered on the Richter Scale across campus.
Blair will now be a part of that experience when he arrives to the campus in December.
As for his catchphrase and what it will be at LSU, he said he needs to keep it simple and probably won’t bring his Georgia Southern flair to his touchdown calls in Baton Rouge.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “It’s almost like a Georgia Southern thing. ‘Touchdown LSU’ says all you need to say.”
Blair will replace Hawthorne, who had held the position at LSU for more than thirty years. Hawthorne decided to call it quits and will retire following the basketball season this year.
Blair will call Eagle football this season, but will make his way to Baton Rogue following its conclusion. It will be an odd change to Tiger radio starting next year, but it will be a change I’m sure a lot of fans will accept with open arms.
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