Friday, March 28, 2008

Joe Tait: Larger than life in more ways than one

I think every boy growing up in Northeast Ohio since the 1970's who has any aspirations of sports broadasting has wanted to be Joe Tait.

Joe has been the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers since their inception in 1971. Along the way he has had to describe a lot of lousy basketball, but he has been able to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear many times. Many of us in our late forties on up can remember calls like "Bobby Smith with the ball. To the line, to the lane. BINGO!"

We can also remember many times when Joe has taken referees to task on their calls, and taken team management to task on some of their decisions.

Instead of me doing a hack job of a post, I will give a couple of links to some good articles/posts which I have read in the past few days.

Tim Lones, in Cleveland Classic Media, gives his account here.

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who by the way will become a featured link in both of my blogs in the next few days, wrote, as usual, a great article on Joe's career.

You folks out of my home area who may be sports fans will see why we are proud to call Joe Tait one of our own.

1 comment:

struke said...

Joe Tait is such a classy guy and treats everybody like a regular. We crossed paths several times during my previous career. Great guy.