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TheFlyingTiger
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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
when Blair has been here a decade and is actually a tiger fan, the authenticity will be there. it seems phoned in, but at least it's accurate.

JACK HUNT!


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RealityTiger
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Member since Jan 2010
16247 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
When you watch a game with friends and/or in the stadium and something good happens for LSU, that initial explosion of noise that the crowd gives is what makes it so fun. Not just the excitement, but the instantaneous realization of the great play happening.

Hawthorne bottled that up and expressed it in his radio calls.

I agree with you. I don't dislike Blair, I just wish we could jump forward about ten years from now in which he'd have a little more vested interest in LSU and would broadcast his calls that way. I'm sure he'll get there, just rather Jim then than Chris now.


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.


shrevetigertom
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Shreveport
Member since Sep 2005
2713 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Blair will never be as good as Hawthorne. I don't care if he made occasional mistakes. If you don't want to go back and listen to the call after the game then he sucks. And PLEASE lose the "touchdown Tigers!" schtick.


RRTiger
LSU Fan
Somewhere in Louisiana
Member since Oct 2005
2128 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
It will always be John Ferguson & Walter Hill for me.


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geauxpurple
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Jul 2014
3877 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
I was a big fan of Jim Hawthorne's, more so than most people on this board. Blair is growing on me though. I like him just fine. LSU has always had exceptional radio announcers and I go back to the John Ferguson days. My one complaint about the radio broadcasts is that they need to screen the callers for the coaches shows to eliminate some of the nonsense. The only qualification for talking on the show is the length of time you have been hanging on the line and some of these people must call two hours in advance. They need screeners to ascertain that the caller is likely to add something substantive to the discussion.


danfraz
LSU Fan
San Antonio TX
Member since Apr 2008
24346 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Growing up as a little boy, man listening to John Ferguson "call" a LSU game was extraordinary.

He didn't really call plays. It was more of a running commentary on what he was watching. Not opinion at all. Just action on the field. It was like listening to a symphony orchestra describing a game. It was beautiful to hear it.

And that Voice. Always thought it was what God must sound like.

I liked Hawthorne...Blair is very generic IMO


LCBayou
Member since Oct 2016
241 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Here's my biggest difference. I grew up on John Ferguson's play-by-play. Back then there was no ESPN, SEC network or anything else for that matter. You got one chance to be on ABC about every other year. You lived and died by the call on the radio. Ferguson was the best.He painted a picture for you.
Later in the 90's Hawthorne was great to listen to for baseball. Not many games televised and his play-by-play was spot on.
Today, everything is televised and I have yet to listen to one of Blair's broadcasts live. I've heard replays and most of what I've heard is bland and not from the heart and I think that's where he's losing his audience. He's got to either be all in and bleed purple and gold or find another gig.


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Penrod
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2011
11201 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
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Jim was a fan. Chris is still new to Baton Rouge.

Chris is new? How many years does it take to get passionate? No, my friend, wyhiwyg.


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otowntiger
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O-Town
Member since Jan 2004
12872 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Agreed- he definitely lacks emotion/genuine excitement. It is disappointing hearing him call huge, game changing calls like he’s a neutral observer.


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re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
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And PLEASE lose the "touchdown Tigers!" schtick.


Preach


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otowntiger
LSU Fan
O-Town
Member since Jan 2004
12872 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
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Hawthorne's calls were much more authentic than Blair's are.
I don’t think I’d say Blair is inauthentic- just not emotional and too bland/professional. He’s not a homer by any means and sometimes hawthorn might have been too emotional but it was awesome hearing him make the calls on big plays and his emotions would take over.


Drfager
Member since Dec 2015
89 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Agree completely. I am not sure anyone will ever replace Hawthorn in my mind. My biggest complaint about Blair is that his big calls do not get me excited and he tends to be really late on calls. Is it just me or does he not say it is a touchdown until like 10 seconds after it has happened? SOOO slow to let you know what has happened. Also in basketball and baseball he does a poor job of refreshing. If I just tuned in it should not take you 10 minutes to let me know what inning we are in or what the score is.


ShadowTigerTX
LSU Fan
Austin, Texas
Member since Jan 2016
37 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
100% Agreed. Blair is fine but Jim Hawthorn was legendary. You could hear the passion in his voice, but he wasn't a homer either.


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vjp819
LSU Fan
South Sec. 414 / Alex Box Sec. 210
Member since Nov 2003
9750 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
yep Blair sucks. In fact i'd rather listen to Buzzy, and Doug call baseball games than Blair. The fool sounds like someone has grabbed his nutsack when something exciting happens. Buzzy and Doug talk shite though out the whole game, but when something exciting happens they at actually describe it in the way it sounds like an exciting play. Same for football. From Doug Moreau's seat at least you can hear his excitement over the strained description of Blair's fake enthusiasm.


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Cannon
LSU Fan
Shreveport
Member since May 2015
688 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Sure, it's nostalgia and the fact that I grew up listening to Hawthorne. All my memories and favorite moments in my lifetime of LSU fandom involve Hawthorne and his voice on the call. It's like peanut butter and jelly. Blair is like putting mayonnaise on my PB sandwich. He just doesn't have it and never will.


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TexasTiger89
LSU Fan
Houston, TX
Member since Feb 2005
17987 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
Hawthorne was really great. So many fond memories of his unique voice calling a game.


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CarrolltonTiger
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Aug 2005
49288 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
John Ferguson > Jim Hawthorne


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jrowla2
LSU Fan
Colorado
Member since Jan 2007
3945 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
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Hawthorn may have been good 20 years ago. The last 5-10 years of listening to him call a game was excruciatingly painful. He should have retired a decade before he did IMO.



For as good as his excitement might be, he was so negative when things weren’t going well. Made the games really tough to listen to and only added to the stress and anxiety of the games.

I’ll take even keel like Blair over bipolar like Hawthorne was.
This post was edited on 9/11 at 4:45 pm


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Patches
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jul 2005
304 posts

re: Unpopular opinion: Jim Hawthorn > Chris Blair
The guy was a Hillary Clinton supporter, he ran her campaign in South Carolina, why does LSU continue to hire these. Stop right there for that reason alone I don't like him. people. No uniqueness in his delivery.


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