Category — Chick Hearn
“This game’s in the refrigerator! The door’s closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the Jell-O is jiggling….”
Do you really believe Kobe and Phil supposedly are pissing and moaning with each other again? Whatever. The bigger story today was the Lakers unveiling the Chick Hearn statute at Staples Center. As we’ve said before, it’s about time. T.J. Simers shows his soft side and speaks with former usher Miguel Ruezga, who initially didn’t know who the hell Chick was, then became his main man.
“It got to the point where I couldn’t wait to come to the game and see Chick,” he told Simers. “He hated going down to the court because of his knees, but they wanted him to meet Ray Charles. He gets down there and he goes forehead to forehead with Ray who tells Chick, ‘I don’t need eyes, you’re my eyes.’ I looked at Chick and I could see tears in his eyes.”
April 20, 2010 No Comments
The legendary Chick Hearn will finally get a statue outside of Staples Center next week. The statue will be unveiled during Game 2 of the NBA playoffs when the Lakers host the Thunder on Tuesday. Hearn’s statue will be the fourth outside the downtown arena, joining ones of Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya (go figure on that one; actually, money is the reason for the Golden Boy’s).
Hearn, who was the Lakers’ play-by-play announcer from 1965 until his death in 2002, was one of the franchise’s most colorful and loved figures. He invented some of basketball’s most descriptive and comical phrases, such as “air ball,” “slam dunk,” “lots of referees in the building, only three getting paid,” “the mustard’s off the hot dog” and “no harm, no foul.”
But his all-time classic and most popular phrase was when he believed the Lakers had clinched a victory: “This game’s in the refrigerator: the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard and the Jell-O’s jigglin.”
He broadcast a record 3,338 in a row during his run with the Lakers before health issues ended the string.
Until last season, the Lakers hadn’t won an NBA title since his death.
April 13, 2010 No Comments