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Post#1 Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for Broa
Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:37 pm by WEFFPIM

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Feinstein joined Milwaukee Bucks broadcaster Eddie Doucette in being selected Friday for the honor, which is the highest award that can be given to a sports media member covering basketball.


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Post#2 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:39 pm by MickeyDavis

Back in the day when 10-12 games a year were on TV Eddie was THE man. Incredibly nice guy. Left the Bucks when he had to relocate due to his son's health issues.
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Post#3 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:55 pm by Thunder Muscle

My dad always raves about Eddie Doucette, loved him when he did Bucks games. One of his favorites most definitely.
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Post#4 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:57 pm by WEFFPIM

He'll also be in the booth with Ted March 6th against the Clippers
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Post#5 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:00 pm by LittleRooster

N8Frog wrote:My dad always raves about Eddie Doucette, loved him when he did Bucks games. One of his favorites most definitely.
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Post#6 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:41 pm by DocHoliday

I remember his commercials for MBTI like it was yesterday
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Post#7 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:36 pm by MickeyDavis

Somewhere I have the dictionary they gave out of all his phrases. I'll post it if I find it.
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Post#8 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:18 pm by sidney lanier

MickeyDavis wrote:Somewhere I have the dictionary they gave out of all his phrases. I'll post it if I find it.


Here's a reasonable facsimile.

http://www.eddiedoucette.com/articles/d ... ionary.pdf

Too bad Jonny Mac remembers Doucette's toaster as pop-up zone. I'm a little tired of hearing him say that.

Incidentally, these all aren't Doucettisms, but he had a lot of great ones and usually didn't veer into the "tickles-the-twines-for-two" Red Rush land of corniness.
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Post#9 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:29 pm by Treebeard

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Doucette could make a paint drying contest sound exciting. He has no equal in that regard.

Us Geezers remember Eddie, not only for his gift of description - but also for his great nicknames

Bango - for a dramatic shot made
Flynn "the Electric Eye" Robinson - journeyman guard with a very high FT accuracy
Dick "Cement Mixer" Cunningham
Bob "the Greyhound" Dandridge

et alia...
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Post#10 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:16 am by Thunder Muscle

Yes, I've heard my dad talk about the nicknames and obviously "Bango" got his name from Eddie. Is that true he'll be on with Ted on March 6th? I'll have to let my dad know, hopefully he'll be driving 2nd shift that day. It will be cool if he does some play by play.

Former Milwaukee Bucks play-by-play announcer Eddie Doucette was honored Friday as a 2013 recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award.

Doucette was named as the award winner representing electronic media, and noted author and sportswriter John Feinstein received the award for print media.

The announcement was made as part of the NBA's all-star weekend festivities in Houston.

Doucette and Feinstein will be honored during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement events on Sept. 7-8 in Springfield, Mass.

Doucette was the original voice of the Bucks and stayed with the franchise for 16 seasons, including the NBA championship year in 1970-'71. He called games of such Bucks greats as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (first Lew Alcindor) and Oscar Robertson in the early years and moved into the era of Bob Lanier and Sidney Moncrief.

He was both a radio and TV voice for the team. Doucette's his last year with the club was the 1983-'84 season.

His radio calls were memorable for a generation of fans who embraced the Bucks. The expansion franchise won a title in its third season and reached the NBA Finals again in 1974 before losing to Boston in a thrilling seven-game series.

Doucette had a colorful on-air style and talked about shots in the "toaster" and Abdul-Jabbar's "sky hook."

He called Flynn Robinson "the Electric Eye" and coined the phrase "pancake jumper" to describe the flat shot of Bucks forward Bobby Dandridge.

Burly big man Dick Cunningham was "the Cement Mixer." And Doucette's phrase "Bango," which he often used when the Bucks hit a jumper, became the name of the team mascot.

"He was very creative, very enthusiastic," said current Bucks television play-by-play announcer Jim Paschke, who is in his 27th season in that role. "He put the Milwaukee Bucks on the map.

"I'm always appreciative of the standard he set. It's certainly a high bar to shoot for.

"It's a well-deserved honor, and I'm thrilled for him."

Doucette has covered the NBA for 30 years in his work for NBA TV, CBS Sports, USA Network and the NBA Radio Network.

He is a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Doucette and former Bucks player and current Bucks television analyst Jon McGlocklin initiated the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer), an effort which has raised more than $42 million for cancer research since its founding in 1976.
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Post#11 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:05 am by sidney lanier

Jim Paschke wrote: I'm always appreciative of the standard he set. It's certainly a high bar to shoot for.

Or to get over. I guess some people turn a phrase while others can only mix a metaphor.

What Eddie D. gave us, in addition to the memorable phrases, was a sense of the beauty and excitement of the game. He was always upbeat and enthusiastic. The contrast between the way he called a game and the psycho downbeat "c'mon guys, make your throws" of Jonny Mac, or the grim Dick Cheney-like slow boil of Paschke, or the whiny incredulity at a blown lead of Ted Davis, is stark. He was a cheerleader, true, but he didn't do it in a cloying or Pollyanna-ish way, and he knew and loved the game.

Another contrast: what he gave to the MACC Fund he gave with the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. Something about that in the Bible, I think.
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Post#12 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:52 am by paulpressey25

DocHoliday wrote:I remember his commercials for MBTI like it was yesterday


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Post#13 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:40 am by Thunder Muscle

As said above, Eddie will be working with Ted Davis on March 6th. Per the report I saw, Ted will work the 1st and 4th quarters as play by play with Eddie being the Analyst. Eddie will call the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Sounds like something Ted agreed on and think its a pretty cool ideal.
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Post#14 Re: Eddie Doucette Wins Curt Gowdy Award for
Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:26 am by MickeyDavis

Sky hook, the shot, was made famous by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Sky hook, the term, was coined by former Milwaukee Bucks announcer Eddie Doucette, who is to be inducted into the broadcasting wing of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September.

In a recent telephone interview, Doucette described the genesis of the term.

According to Doucette, the sky hook was born on May 10, 1974 at Boston Garden in Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Bucks and Celtics.

Milwaukee won in double overtime, 102-101, to tie the series and send it back to the Milwaukee Arena for Game 7.

The shot that won the game was the first time Doucette used the term sky hook. Oscar Robertson inbounded high sideline right to Abdul-Jabbar who was above the foul line. He looked to pass, but found no one open. He faced Finkel, took a dribble to the baseline and lofted a hook shot.

"He got the ball in rhythm," Doucette said. "It was as beautiful thing. A perfect pass, the way you are supposed to deliver it. So he had to take only one step and go up."

Finkel was guarding Kareem because Dave Cowens had fouled out, Doucette said.

At Boston Garden, Doucette was not seated courtside as radio broadcasters many times are in NBA venues. He was up in the first balcony.

Had he not been seated there, the term sky hook might never have made its entrance.

"When he went to that baseline and went up for that shot, it was kind of almost eye level with me," Doucette said. "It felt that way. Everything became slow motion when he went up for that shot on the baseline. Took it in stride. Went up off his left leg. Perfect balance. Right hand fully extended. Ball on the fingertips. Launched that shot. And as he launched it, it just hit me. ‘That ball is coming out of the sky. That’s a sky hook.’ That’s how it happened. I never gave it any thought. But I had to be in a position where I was located that would inspire me to think that it would be coming out of the sky.

"It was beautiful," Doucette said. "It was arched. His form was textbook. Every kid who is a big man should study how to shoot that shot. It’s unstoppable. He executed it in art form and we won the game."

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