Names In The Game
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) _ Larry Munson, the voice of the Georgia Bulldogs since 1966, finally got his ring.
The Albany Bulldog Club along with those in Americus and Cordele presented the 70-something-year-old Munson with a 1980 national championship ring.
``It’s great to get the ring. I’m glad to see it come like this in the middle of a big Bulldog thing,″ he said at the Albany club’s meeting Monday night.
The university did not give Munson a ring because he is not a paid member of the athletic department, and he declined to purchase one.
After more than 30 years of broadcasting Georgia sports, the Georgia Radio Network announcer says he probably won’t be around longer than a year or two.
``I’ve toyed with the idea of retiring, but I really can’t retire until they’ve got their finger on somebody (to replace me),″ Munson said.
The Bulldogs, who went 5-6 last year under new coach Jim Donnan, haven’t finished a season ranked in the Top 25 since 1992. Their last Southeastern Conference title came in 1982.
OTTAWA (CP) _ Cameron Hughes makes a nice living making a spectacle of himself as the mascot for the Ottawa Senators. Now he’s about to become more spectacular than ever.
The 26-year-old was the Dancing Man, whose booty-shaking strut and T-shirt striptease enlivened Senators games starting when the team was still playing at the Civic Centre. He was also the original Lenny the Lynx, mascot of Ottawa’s Class AAA baseball team.
Hughes recently signed an 18-month deal with an American entertainment company for 125 performances at sports arenas across North America _ including gigs with NBA and NHL teams plus CFL and Class AAA baseball dates.
For sports mascots, this is the big time.
``It’s the same company that represents Morganna and Crazy George,″ Hughes says from Austin, Tex., where he is entertaining several hundred high school students at a motivational seminar.
Morganna the Kissing Bandit is the extra-busty woman who earned her 15 minutes of fame for chasing major league baseball players onto the field to steal a kiss.
Crazy George is the drum-beating loony who leads the wave and carries out other annoying activities at CFL games.
``He’s been at it for 16 years,″ Hughes says admiringly. ``Things are going great, I’m really excited. I’ll be starting at Hartford, Connecticut, later this month at an NBA charity game. Basically, I’ll be living on an airplane for the next year or so.″
This is pretty heady stuff for the former Melonhead, a character Hughes created while attending Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Que. At games, Melonhead wore a purple cape and a hollowed-out watermelon as a helmet. That experience landed Hughes the job as the first Lenny the Lynx.
Since then, it’s been a lot of laughs for a guy who preached gung-ho school spirit while president of the student council at Laurentian Collegiate.
``I got Jean Chretien up and dancing at a Senators game in 1996,″ Hughes says proudly.
Hughes’s sideline company called Superfan is turning into a nice little earner too, although he won’t say how much he makes for his antics. He appears everywhere from corporate boardrooms to high schools to give the troops a bit of the boost.
``I challenge them,″ Hughes said. To do what, exactly? To go for it, it turns out.
``I was bored at a Senators game so I got up at started dancing and stuff, Hughes said. ``That’s how it started, and now I’m making a career out of it. It’s weird.″