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LoneStarTiger
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
I agree, I though I’m sure part of it is nostalgia. The real reason I can’t listen on the radio these days is all the ads and sponsor readings. It never ends.


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Pintail
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
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to be honest Chris Blair sounds like a natural baseball play by play


Baseball is his worst sport.

*ting*

(5 second pause)

Basehit into right field.



I used to love listening to Hawthorne because you could feel it on his voice when something was good or bad. You could feel the emotion. That is something that Blair is missing.


Erin Go Bragh
Notre Dame Fan
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Member since Dec 2007
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
I like Chris Blair. I just wish they could match him up with a baseball analyst he has better chemistry with than Doug Thompson.

Those two don't mesh well.


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Fightin Okra
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Jack Hunt!! Jack Hunt!!!

It’s a pop up down the left field line and Furniss scoops it up and steps on first for the out


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Tiger Ryno
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
My heavens Doug. Put a 6 on what now?


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WildTchoupitoulas
Member since Jan 2010
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
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I remember thinking, this guy's voice doesn't hold a candle to John Ferguson.

"Tigers have the ball, first and ten at the twenty...

The give is to Alexander!

...And he SMASHES through the line!!!

Tigers, second and nine from the twenty-one..."



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JohnnyU
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Florida
Member since Nov 2006
8492 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
I was never a Hawthorne fan. Too folksy for my tastes. Also, sometimes the guy was confusing as hell and, at other times he seemed lost or trailing the action.
Blair has a great broadcast voice and is very good in the booth but he seems to lack personality at times.
I think he and Moreau lack spontaneity as a team.
I don’t miss Hawthorne.


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jbrau22
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Waco, TX
Member since Jun 2007
1970 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
I wanted to listen to the Blair call on the Jefferson TD to seal the game and I was really unimpressed. The enthusiasm was lacking. That was a HUGE play for the game and for the program in general and it just felt ordinary by his description/call. Disappointed.


forever lsu30
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Member since Nov 2005
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Look, I grew up only ever knowing the greatness of Jim Hathorn on the radio. Infinite glorious memories.

That said, the last 2-3 years are littered with Lee Corso esque audio gaffes that made even the best of Tiger fans cringe. It's so much better that he retired from the call when he did, rather than continue on a la Corso on Gameday, ultimately becoming a bad joke.

I much prefer my "golden years" memories of JH & am more than ok giving Blair a few years to find his LSU voice.



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tigerdup07
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Member since Dec 2007
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
i love hawthorn. but, this will be a generational argument. hawthorn will be my favorite for life. my dad's favorite was ferguson.


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OU812
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Neither can stand up to the great John Ferguson


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LSUStar
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
I miss me some JH. Loved him doing LSU games.


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The Pirate King
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Blair is too focused on sounding professional on every call he makes. Like others have said, he would be great on a national medium where they don’t want fan-like calls.


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Jack Daniel
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Member since Feb 2013
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
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His voice is inauthentic

My complaint when he was hired. He sounds like just a generic announcer.


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icegator337
Houston Astros Fan
Lafayette
Member since Jan 2013
2194 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Interesting take for sure. I tend to favor Blair so I can actually follow the game as if I were watching, but Hawthorn definitely had me more excited on big plays.


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Nix to Twillie
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Member since Jan 2015
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Blair does a great job. But I do prefer Hawthorne’s raw emotion when big plays happen.


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DeathByTossDive225
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
/Thread:
1) Blair would be great on national broadcasts
2) Blair calls an excellent basketball game
4) Chris is a pro. Appreciate his calls. But you cannot manufacture decades of fandom.

Hawthorne was Invested... frequently mirrored the spirit & emotion of many faithful fans... and that is something I really do miss at times.

I agree he seemed frustrated toward the end (see “mirrored the spirit and emotion of many faithful fans”)

I’d love to have heard Hawthorne call the 4th quarter of the UTx game... one might even say he was “owed” it after calling the entire backend of Miles tenure lol.

There was a time in my family home when we would mute the TV just to listen to the local radio broadcast while we watched.
This post was edited on 9/11 at 3:57 pm


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TheDeathValley
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New Orleans, LA
Member since Sep 2010
9832 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
I really like Chris Blair, hell I was at Georgia Southern and liked him there too.

I will always love Hawthrone, but it does not mean I cannot like Blair either. I think people just have heard JH for so long, they associate him with all of the their memories. In 10 years it will be the same with Blair.


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Alldaylong
LSU Fan
Member since Jun 2019
487 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Hawthorne miles ahead better


Pintail
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2011
4350 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Hawthorne- Skyler Green Georgia Call

Chris Blair- LSU-Texas 3rd and 17

Hawthorne's calls were much more authentic than Blair's are.


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