Dave Lee to retire


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My thoughts exactly.

A rebound for the Wildcats. The Wildcats dribble down the court. Stolen by the Tigers. Tigers go the other way. Shot by the Tigers. It won't go in. Rebound by the Wildcats. Wildcats bring the ball down. Wildcats shoot, and it doesn't fall.

(Never mentioned the school or town. Any badly missed shot "doesn't fall in", "Bounces out", or "Won't go in". There was never any insinuation that the ball didn't go into the hoop because of how it was shot. Play by play was always conducted in a way where it sounded like sheer chance whether the ball would ever end up in the hoop or not).

This brought back a memory for me and so, channeling my inner Mr. Peabody and taking you all with me as a group of Shermans into my Wayback Machine, I want to set the dial to 1977 and the Minnesota Boys State Basketball tournament when it was carried on independent WTCN (now NBC-affiliated KARE) and their sportscaster Joe Boyle did the play-by-play.

The 1976-77 Minneapolis Central High School team had their nicknames on the back of their jerseys as opposed to their given names and for whatever reason, Boyle didn't have a program in front of him so he called the entire game with only the Central players' nicknames. Central had a player (Melvin Armstrong if I'm not mistaken) whose nickname was Sir Dunk and they had a super quick guard named Joey Wilburn whose jersey just read "Joey." Wilburn was the ball handler, so for most of the game you heard Boyle "Joey brings the ball up the court. Pass into Sir Dunk. Back out to Joey and he sets up the offense. Joey penetrates. Off to Sir Dunk. Sir Dunk puts it in."

I can't remember any of the other nicknames, but Boyle never called anyone by their given name the entire game. My buddies and I were just rolling on the floor.
 

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Shama endorses former Gopher Jim Carter's nephew to replace Dave Lee:

It’s been more than two months since Dave Lee signed off as host of WCCO Radio’s early morning show, with no replacement announced yet. Did a broadcaster from public radio turn down the job? The station should promote news reporter Adam Carter to fill the vacancy. The nephew of former Gophers football captain Jim Carter, Adam is smart, articulate, interesting and personable.


Go Gophers!!
 

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Joe Boyle, he was another one....In the 60's and 70's Rochester had two high schools, John Marshall and Mayo High. John Marshall had had statewide success and was fairly well-known. In 1974 the Mayo (my alma mater) boys made it to the state tournament for the first time. Joe referred to us as "Rochester John Mayo" for the entire first game. Could not believe how ill-prepared an announcer could be for the state tournament. Oh well, I'll bet he was a nice guy too.
 




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I remember Dave Lee excitedly proclaiming that the Gophers had just defeated the Michigan Spartans in 2002.
 


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Joe Boyle, he was another one....In the 60's and 70's Rochester had two high schools, John Marshall and Mayo High. John Marshall had had statewide success and was fairly well-known. In 1974 the Mayo (my alma mater) boys made it to the state tournament for the first time. Joe referred to us as "Rochester John Mayo" for the entire first game. Could not believe how ill-prepared an announcer could be for the state tournament. Oh well, I'll bet he was a nice guy too.

I'm little older than you and not from Rochester, but grew up in Southeastern Minnesota and I can't forget that 1969 JM monster squad, as Boyle obviously couldn't as well. That was one awesome team.
 



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I'm little older than you and not from Rochester, but grew up in Southeastern Minnesota and I can't forget that 1969 JM monster squad, as Boyle obviously couldn't as well. That was one awesome team.
I saw at team score 100 points in a 32 minute game with no 3-point shot. I would say that is awesome.
 


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I'm little older than you and not from Rochester, but grew up in Southeastern Minnesota and I can't forget that 1969 JM monster squad, as Boyle obviously couldn't as well. That was one awesome team.
I remember when before the school split up into two schools, Rochester beat just about everyone and didn't matter what sport. I too grew up in Southern Minnesota.
 








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