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Old 11-10-2019, 05:25 AM
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Larry Hansgen has no peer as a play-by-play announcer

After suffering through the first game of the season with a mediocre (at best) play-by-play announcer from ESPN+, I'd really like to offer up some praise to Larry Hansgen. Larry's skill set was forged by doing radio broadcasts and, later, simulcasts of the Flyer games. As a result, he does his television play-by-play in the same manner as he does his radio broadcasts. And this is his greatest strength.

When describing the play action, Larry almost always identifies the offensive and defensive players most prominently involved by name.

When a foul is committed, Larry always identifies the player who committed the foul and on whom the foul was committed and he specifies the nature of the foul. He then specifies how many fouls the player committing the foul has and how many team fouls have been committed. If any players are in foul trouble, Larry will periodically mention that as well.

When a turnover is committed, Larry will specify the nature of the turnover and what caused it to happen.

At every time stoppage, Larry will almost religiously give the time remaining on the clock and the time remaining on the shot clock.

If a player on the Flyers or on the opponent is having a hot night statistically. Larry will call that to our attention as well.

I don't mean to short change Bucky, who really is one of UD's greatest assets, but my comments are addressed to Larry's skill as a play-by-play announcer and Bucky is our color man.

So well done, Larry. I wish that your broadcasts could be simulcast on ESPN+
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Old 11-10-2019, 12:07 PM
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Larry - did you come here to compliment yourself?
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Old 11-10-2019, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by MNFats View Post
Larry - did you come here to compliment yourself?

This is a great self-assessment from Larry.
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Old 11-10-2019, 12:22 PM
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Larry is a radio broadcaster. Of course he has to say all those things because someone who is listening and not watching cannot see what is going on on the court. Just like when football radio announcers say that such and such team is going left to right on your dial.

That's not taking away from how good he is, but that is why ESPN+ doesn't say those things since you can see most of what is going on.
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Old 11-10-2019, 12:27 PM
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For a guy that usually gets up at 4AM each morning ... he called 2 UD wins yesterday (UD football and basketball) ... 5? plus hours of being "on" the air ... it sounds like he had a great UD day.
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