Good riddance (from television), Dick Stockton.

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Well, this “break” didn’t last long. And special thanks to Chucky for telling me this news as I had no idea until I read what he posted in the previous thread.

The Original Kiss of Death to Chicago Sports, Dick Stockton, has announced his retirement after what seemed like a century.

Make no mistake about it, he was the true kibosh to any impending success Chicago teams may have had. Even before I was old enough to remember things, he was at the helm of failure. The Bulls in the late 80’s come to mind. They just could never get over the hump to a championship then. Jordan was always stopped by Bird or the Pistons. Bird stopped him early in his career. Then came the Pistons. Game 7 in 1990 and the Bulls had that chance. Pippen had the migraine (probably from listening to Dick Stockton call the games as he was preparing). But there he was to put an end to that. What happens after that season? The NBA goes to NBC where Dick Stockton is nowhere to be found and the Bulls finally get to the top of the mountain. Coincidence?

Here’s the one (or two) that I remember very well. Remember the 2007 and 2008 Cubs? I’m in my last year of college when this started and Dick Stockton called all of those games in the playoffs. What happens? The team plays like it’s 1997 and get swept. The next year? Sweep again. To add salt to the wound, him calling those awful games are tattooed inside my head. It’s a voice that you can hear in your nightmares. That last game in ’08 had me taking shit down off the wall in my apartment and officially ending my emotional interest in baseball. Thanks for everything, Dick (Stockton).

We also can’t forget about him usually being on the call for our beloved Bears since I was a child. I think the season opener of this past year was the first game the Bears won with him calling it in probably a decade (at least). I can’t seem to recall. But damn. It seemed Dick Stockton was announcing many of the games they lost. And as we all know, there were a TON of losses. Of course, we can’t blame then-CBS and now-FOX for putting him there to call the games. Had the Bears actually been competent, maybe we would have had the fortune of hearing someone else. But no, the Bears have been irrelevant since the 80’s and thus, get people in their 80’s to call most of the games. Any others that were on were called by the other Kiss Of Death to Chicago Sports, Kenny Albert (maybe we’ve turned a corner with him?).

It’s too bad he didn’t retire 35 years ago. Better late than never? No. The damage has been done.

Good riddance.

4 Responses to “Good riddance (from television), Dick Stockton.”

  1. chucky Says:

    Happy to help out, my fitness frendt! I just knew you’d be happy to hear about this.

  2. Fro Dog Says:

    Thank you again. It was great to see and glad you broke the news to me before ESPN did.

    I was thinking to myself who else could be The Kiss of Death to my teams. Jim Nantz is up there now.

    2005 – Illinois loses in Men’s Basketball Championship
    2007 – Bears lose the Super Bowl
    2021 – Bears lose the NFC Wild Card
    2021 – Illinois (1 seed) loses in the second round to Loyola

    All of those important games were with Nantz calling. Fuck him too!

  3. chucky Says:

    OK then, let’s get to work on Nantz then. Let us peel the bark off of him, like we’ve done to so many others.

    I’m ready. So is my chainsaw, rusty fishing knives, and wooden cooking spoon!

  4. genrebuster Says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (chainsaw, knives, spoon, etc).

SHOW DA FIRE AND PASSION, MY FRENDT!

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