Thursday, June 23, 2005

Jim Rose - In a state of denial

The "Omaha City Weekly" caught Husker play-by-play announcer Jim Rose red-handed in the act of over-exhuberance after Andy Gerch's dramatic 3 run homer in the 9th on Monday, and Rose is deep in denial. While the Weekly didn't get it exactly right, here is the quote that Jim Rose denies making: "One of the most thrilling moments in the history of the University of Nebraska Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Not since Johnny Rodgers have this many drinks been spilled across this state". (Here's the Pinnacle broadcast ; advance to 3 hrs 54 minutes for the dramatics).

Hey, it was an exciting play, and Rose should just admit that in the emotion of the moment, he once again overstated the impact of the play, rather than demanding a retraction from the City Weekly. Rose is one of the finest historians of Cornhusker sports, but putting him behind the play-by-play microphone usually gives him amnesia of Husker history as he attempts to overdramaticize the moment.

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