The legendary Chick Hearn passed away. Rest in Peace, Golden Throat.

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Here is a tribute video by one of the great Lakers video makers, LakeShow09! 

  • Lakernut

    It hasn’t been the same!We miss you Chicky Baby!!!!!

  • Brandon_LAL

    RIP Chick. We all miss you. He was a true laker and will always be a laker for life.

  • ryanfu09

    R.I.P….. Sad… Miss the old days!

  • chrisjamesbitch

    watching this almost brought a tear to my eye. RIP Chick Hearn

  • BringDFishBack

    It doesnt seem like it has been that long. He is and will be missed by lakers fans forever. RIP

  • schnide

    RIP, the greatest laker

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    I almost cryed watching the video. RIP Chick

  • schnide

    if there’s anything good about this, its that he went out while the lakers were on top…

  • BringDFishBack

    “Slam Dunk”
    “Air Ball”
    “In the Fridge. The door is closed the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard and the jello’s jiggling.”

  • BEC

    [quote comment=”10689″]RIP, the greatest laker[/quote]

    YUP, THE GREATEST, THE GREATEST LAKER, THE GREATEST LAKER TO REPRESENT THE PURPLE AND GOLD. Forever a LAKER. He will always be missed and NEVER ever forgotten.

    “This game is in the refrigerator….” Finish it Chick. No one can do it like you can.

    GO LAKERS!!!!

  • cyrus

    Chick Hearn was the Soul and Spirit of the Lakers.

    In his memory, I am posting Chick’s terminology, many of which are being used widely by basketball sportscasters today.

    •(He sent that one back) Air-mail Special!: A strongly-blocked shot, often sent high into the stands.
    •Bloooows the layup! : Missed a very easy layup.
    •Boo-birds: Fans who boo their own team when they play badly.
    •(He did the) bunny hop in the pea patch: He was called for traveling.
    •(You could) call it with Braille: An easy call for an official, e.g. a blatant foul.
    •(He got) caught with his hand in the cookie jar: A reaching foul.
    •(The) Charity Stripe: The free-throw line.
    •(He’s got ‘em) covered like the rug on your floor: Really good one-on-one defense.
    •(They) couldn’t beat the Sisters of Mercy: The team is getting beat badly.
    •(They) couldn’t throw a pea into the ocean: The team’s shooting is really awful.
    •(It’ll) count if it goes …: A player that is fouled in the act of shooting. It go-o-o-oes! (if the shot is successful)
    •(That shot) didn’t draw iron: A shot which misses the rim, but hits the backboard. Sometimes, would add but it drew a lot of flies
    •Dime store score: A 10 to 5 score
    •Dribble-drive: A player drives the basket while dribbling.
    •Finger roll: A shot where the ball rolls off the shooter’s fingers.
    •(He) fly-swatted (that one): A shot blocked with force and authority.
    •Football score: A score resembling one often seen in a football game (e.g., 21 to 14).
    •(He threw up a) frozen rope: A shot with a very flat trajectory.
    •(We’re) high above the western sideline: Chick’s perch at the Fabulous Forum, from which he called his word’s eye views of the game.
    •Hippity-hops the dribble: A player dribbling the ball does a little hop step.
    •I’ll bet you an ice-cream: Hearn and Keith Erickson (his one-time color commentator) often bet ice creams on the outcome of a shot or game.
    •(He’s got) ice-water in his veins: When a player hits a clutch free-throw.
    •(It’s) garbage time: The (often sloppily-played) remainder of the game (after it’s in the refrigerator).
    •Give and Go: A player passes the ball, makes a quick cut, and receives a return pass.
    •(In & out,) heart-brrrreak!: A shot that appears to go in, but rattles off the rim and misses. Sometimes it went in so far you could read the Commissioner’s name from below.
    •He has two chances, slim and none, and slim just left the building: The player has no chance of success with this play.
    •If that goes in, I’m walking home: Similar to a prayer, when the opponent shoots a shot that is a prayer, a streak, or some amazing shot. (Usually on the road)
    •Leapin’ Lena: A shot made while the player is in the air and off balance.
    •(There are) lots of referees in the building, only three getting paid: The entire crowd acts as though they are the officials by disagreeing with a call.
    •The mustard’s off the hot dog: A player attempts an unnecessarily showy, flashy play which ends up in a turnover or is otherwise unsuccessful.
    •Nervous time: When the final moments of a game are pressure-packed.
    •94-by-50 hunk of wood: Simply put, a basketball court’s dimensions. (Attacking 47 feet: The front court.)
    •No harm, no foul(no blood, no ambulance, no stitches): A non-call by an official when varying degrees of contact have occurred. More adjectives means the non-call was more questionable.)
    •Not Phi Beta Kappa: Simply put, not a smart play.
    •…Since Hector was a pup A very long time (e.g., the Lakers haven’t had the lead since Hector was a pup.)
    •He’s in the Popcorn Machine (with butter and salt all over him): Meaning that a defensive player got faked into the air (and out of play) by an offensive player’s pump fake. (“Popcorn Machine” is a reference to an actual popcorn machine in the old Los Angeles Sports Arena, which was near the basket, but far away from the court. Thus, if the player went far out of play, he was in the “popcorn machine.”)
    •(He’s) on him like a postage stamp: Very tight defense, simply put.
    •Slam dunk!: Hearn’s most famous phrase; a powerful shot where a player forces the ball through the rim with one or both hands.
    •(He) takes him to the third floor and leaves him at the mezzanine: A move where an offensive player pump-fakes a defender and draws a foul from the leaping player.
    •Tattoo dribble: A player dribbling the ball while not moving, as though tattooing the floor with the ball, as he waits for the play to develop.
    •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’!: The game’s outcome is set; only the final score is in question.
    •Throws up a brick: When a player tosses up a particularly errant shot.
    •Throws up a prayer (… it’s answered!!!): A wild shot that will need a miracle to score (and does).
    •Ticky-tack: A foul called when very little contact has been made.
    •Triple-double: A player gets 10 or more (i.e. double digits) in three statistical categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocked shots.
    •(On his) wallet: A player fell on his rear end.
    •Words-eye view: What listeners received while listening to Hearn call the game on the radio.
    •(He’s) working on his Wrigleys. A player is chewing gum.
    •(He’s) yo-yo-ing up and down: A player is standing there dribbling the ball up and down as if it were a yo-yo on a string.
    •20 foot lay-up: A jump shot by Jamall Wilkes

    source:Wikipedia

  • DeepFrost

    R.I.P. old man… you’ll always be in our hearts

  • Sako32

    i met Chick a week before he died in Vegas, the MGM Grand, he was about 6′ tall, he looks short next to stu lantz, he’s a good guy, i was wearing my t-mac jersey at the time, i told him my ceballos jersey is in the hotel room, it was, he said he saw ceballos playing a few days ago, good guy

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    The Greatest Laker Of Them All…

  • keep24

    His only fault was that he set the bar too high for everyone else.
    RIP!

  • MacBSlick

    I miss you Chick. But Please give us our last trophy back! This team hasnt been the same since you left us. Going to be hard to celebrate our next Championship without you. You were the heart and soul of this organization. But I know youll be celebrating with us when we get back to the top.

    P.S. Chickie You would have loved Kobes 81. Your call on that game would have awesome.

  • schnide

    [quote comment=”10695″]
    •20 foot lay-up: A jump shot by Jamall Wilkes
    [/quote]
    HAHA i remember that

  • tamakin

    We love you chicky!!!! You’re the best of all time! We miss you!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 dark_ice18

    R.i.P Chick…

  • k0be da 1 andonly

    [quote comment=”10691″]if there’s anything good about this, its that he went out while the lakers were on top…[/quote]

    Amen to that, im glad he left with a bang….

  • http://myspace.com/crunklilgangsta LiL_K

    R.I.P will always be remembered

  • MambaKB24

    [quote comment=”10695″]Chick Hearn was the Soul and Spirit of the Lakers.

    In his memory, I am posting Chick’s terminology, many of which are being used widely by basketball sportscasters today.

    •(He sent that one back) Air-mail Special!: A strongly-blocked shot, often sent high into the stands.
    •Bloooows the layup! : Missed a very easy layup.
    •Boo-birds: Fans who boo their own team when they play badly.
    •(He did the) bunny hop in the pea patch: He was called for traveling.
    •(You could) call it with Braille: An easy call for an official, e.g. a blatant foul.
    •(He got) caught with his hand in the cookie jar: A reaching foul.
    •(The) Charity Stripe: The free-throw line.
    •(He’s got ‘em) covered like the rug on your floor: Really good one-on-one defense.
    •(They) couldn’t beat the Sisters of Mercy: The team is getting beat badly.
    •(They) couldn’t throw a pea into the ocean: The team’s shooting is really awful.
    •(It’ll) count if it goes …: A player that is fouled in the act of shooting. It go-o-o-oes! (if the shot is successful)
    •(That shot) didn’t draw iron: A shot which misses the rim, but hits the backboard. Sometimes, would add but it drew a lot of flies
    •Dime store score: A 10 to 5 score
    •Dribble-drive: A player drives the basket while dribbling.
    •Finger roll: A shot where the ball rolls off the shooter’s fingers.
    •(He) fly-swatted (that one): A shot blocked with force and authority.
    •Football score: A score resembling one often seen in a football game (e.g., 21 to 14).
    •(He threw up a) frozen rope: A shot with a very flat trajectory.
    •(We’re) high above the western sideline: Chick’s perch at the Fabulous Forum, from which he called his word’s eye views of the game.
    •Hippity-hops the dribble: A player dribbling the ball does a little hop step.
    •I’ll bet you an ice-cream: Hearn and Keith Erickson (his one-time color commentator) often bet ice creams on the outcome of a shot or game.
    •(He’s got) ice-water in his veins: When a player hits a clutch free-throw.
    •(It’s) garbage time: The (often sloppily-played) remainder of the game (after it’s in the refrigerator).
    •Give and Go: A player passes the ball, makes a quick cut, and receives a return pass.
    •(In & out,) heart-brrrreak!: A shot that appears to go in, but rattles off the rim and misses. Sometimes it went in so far you could read the Commissioner’s name from below.
    •He has two chances, slim and none, and slim just left the building: The player has no chance of success with this play.
    •If that goes in, I’m walking home: Similar to a prayer, when the opponent shoots a shot that is a prayer, a streak, or some amazing shot. (Usually on the road)
    •Leapin’ Lena: A shot made while the player is in the air and off balance.
    •(There are) lots of referees in the building, only three getting paid: The entire crowd acts as though they are the officials by disagreeing with a call.
    •The mustard’s off the hot dog: A player attempts an unnecessarily showy, flashy play which ends up in a turnover or is otherwise unsuccessful.
    •Nervous time: When the final moments of a game are pressure-packed.
    •94-by-50 hunk of wood: Simply put, a basketball court’s dimensions. (Attacking 47 feet: The front court.)
    •No harm, no foul(no blood, no ambulance, no stitches): A non-call by an official when varying degrees of contact have occurred. More adjectives means the non-call was more questionable.)
    •Not Phi Beta Kappa: Simply put, not a smart play.
    •…Since Hector was a pup A very long time (e.g., the Lakers haven’t had the lead since Hector was a pup.)
    •He’s in the Popcorn Machine (with butter and salt all over him): Meaning that a defensive player got faked into the air (and out of play) by an offensive player’s pump fake. (“Popcorn Machine” is a reference to an actual popcorn machine in the old Los Angeles Sports Arena, which was near the basket, but far away from the court. Thus, if the player went far out of play, he was in the “popcorn machine.”)
    •(He’s) on him like a postage stamp: Very tight defense, simply put.
    •Slam dunk!: Hearn’s most famous phrase; a powerful shot where a player forces the ball through the rim with one or both hands.
    •(He) takes him to the third floor and leaves him at the mezzanine: A move where an offensive player pump-fakes a defender and draws a foul from the leaping player.
    •Tattoo dribble: A player dribbling the ball while not moving, as though tattooing the floor with the ball, as he waits for the play to develop.
    •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’!: The game’s outcome is set; only the final score is in question.
    •Throws up a brick: When a player tosses up a particularly errant shot.
    •Throws up a prayer (… it’s answered!!!): A wild shot that will need a miracle to score (and does).
    •Ticky-tack: A foul called when very little contact has been made.
    •Triple-double: A player gets 10 or more (i.e. double digits) in three statistical categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocked shots.
    •(On his) wallet: A player fell on his rear end.
    •Words-eye view: What listeners received while listening to Hearn call the game on the radio.
    •(He’s) working on his Wrigleys. A player is chewing gum.
    •(He’s) yo-yo-ing up and down: A player is standing there dribbling the ball up and down as if it were a yo-yo on a string.
    •20 foot lay-up: A jump shot by Jamall Wilkes

    source:Wikipedia[/quote]

    damn, as laker fans, we all love and respect chick.

    but the outside world dosent pay enough omage to this guy

    hes the greatest sportscaster in any sport of all time

    RIP chick, we all love and miss ya

  • Rpoc

    RIP.

  • fatty

    Didn’t Chick also invent the expression “alley oop” then later adapted it to “Coop-a-Loop” when Michael Cooper got a pass from Nixon or Magic for a slam dunk?

    Didn’t Chick also lose one of those bets? He promised to buy everyone in LA dinner and then kept his promise by giving a slice of bread out to everyone who showed up at the Forum. He said later “I didn’t say it was going to be a good dinner”

    Before the Lakers were on TV, Chick was our eyes to all the Laker games. When TV came along for the Lakers, Chick would do the “simalcast”. Chick would do radio and TV at the same time. When the Lakers were on national TV, Chick would tell us to turn the TV volume down and turn to him on the radio, and we did!

    I would wish for Chick to rest in peace, but I know he will never stop doing something while in heaven. He’s probally convinced 1/2 in heaven to be Laker fans, even the Lord himself if that’s possible. (and you think I’m kidding)

    Chick we miss you. Please, if you got any pull up there, see if you can do something to improve this current Laker Team.

  • BEC

    “Chick we miss you. Please, if you got any pull up there, see if you can do something to improve this current Laker Team.”

    Come on Chick we need to bring this team where it belongs, to the top, send down some help.

    3,338 games announced consecutively, & 3,362 Lakers games announced in his lifetime, and still announcing from up above.

    Chick Hearn the ‘Voice of the Lakers’ and always will be.

  • cyrus

    Hey Fatty,

    I am glad you fill better, or at least good enough to share some words with us,LOL. Time is the magical remedy for healing wounds. But it ain’t easy to forget.

    Chick is also unforgettable. Like yourself, I used to “Words-eye view” as chick would say; turn off the TV and listen to my favorite man on simulcast. His unparalleled unbiased view of the game made it so much more interesting to watch.

    Your comment,”Before the Lakers were on TV, Chick was our eyes to all the Laker games.” is very interesting. It sounds like that you and I are about the same age group. Makes me fill better.

    I think Chick didn’t think KG would be a good match for Lakers and didn’t want us to get Garnett.

  • D. Imhoff

    Chick, the one and only! In my mind he is the only Laker announcer! We have not won since he joined God’s team. Chick, we need some help from that team your on now. Thanks for all the great “words eye views”!!

  • cyrus

    CHICKS PHOTO IS REPRESENTING THE FACE OF A TRUE LAKERS FAN.

    I am so glad they removed the ugly face of KG and replaced it with Chick’s photo. I wish they would keep that photo as the brand logo of this site.LOL

  • fatty

    Cyrus

    Thanks for your thoughts. My favorite player when I was in school was Elgin Baylor. That should be an indicator of my age.

    I agree with your thought that Chick called an unbiased game. He actually taught Laker fans to view the game the same way. I also see alot of Chick’s thoughts reflected on all the Laker blog sites.

    I also have the NBA pass and hear all the announcers from around the league. None of them can hold a candle to Chick and many are just blatant “Homers”.

    As someone here said, its too bad that mainly Laker fans were the only ones to really get to know Chick like us.

    One Chick story: A friend of mine that played in Europe and else where, said they would kid each other using Chickisms in practice,like you hot dog, etc.. Like Disneyland, people from all over the world have heard of Chick. lol

    What a priviledge we have as Laker fans. A great team over the years, and thee best announcer ever to do a basketball game.

    PS. Anyone remember Chicks game show, “Bowling for Dollars”? Now that was a bad show! If you were good at bowling you could win about $10-$20. lol

  • cyrus

    Fatty,

    Yup, we are in the same age group.LOL. I am an European immigrant, came to this country in early 80’s. I was rooting for the Lakers but it was difficult to get any games on TV other than some of the semi finals and finals games. I was already a Laker’s fan as we moved to LA in 83.

    Like yourself, I have been on the emotional roller coaster rides as a Lakers’ fan and the worst of all was Magic HIV announcement in 91. It wasn’t that much that we lost him as a player, we thought he would die in couple of years, those days AIDS meant death. And we didn’t have the internet and blogging to share our concerns. We were limited to radio, TV and paper monologue. We could listen, read and watch but we couldn’t share our opinions.

    These kids are so lucky to have all these gadgets; computers, internet, blogging etc. We couldn’t even dream of those luxuries.

  • cyrus

    Hey F.J., are lurking in the back? I can see you..

  • fatty

    Cyrus

    I remember the Magic news conference well. My family all called each other that evening and many got together at a Pizza joint to talk about it.

    Interestingly, at a family reunion we heard about Kobe’s charges in colorado and that became the main discussion. The men said wait and see, while most of the ladies said that was it with them and Kobe.

    The net has been “very, very, very, good to me”. Living in Arizona, (home of the best regular season team to never win a title, the Phx Suns) the net has given me a source of good Laker stuff and great Laker debate.

    I think the net was originally invented for scientists to share knowledge and ideas. What a waste of time! Laker stuff is way better and more fun. lol

    PS.What country did your family come from?

  • cyrus

    Fatty,

    The net was used originally by Pentagon for military communication and file transfer and God bless his heart, Al Gore made it available for public use. But you’re also right; scientist developed it before the military use.

    I know from your posts back on Times blog, that you’re in Flagstaff Arizona and I always respected you being in Arizona and rooting for the Lakers instead of Suns.LOL. I was born in Italy (multi national parents) but grew up in Germany.

    BTW, do you get all the regular season Lakers’ games in Flagstaff?

  • cyrus

    Fatty, you email with Faith?

  • fatty

    Cyrus

    I have the NBA Pass, and Tivo, so I never miss a game unless I want to. (like game 7, two years ago in the playoffs,) lol

    My only problem is the time difference of one hour in season. I find myself staying up later than I should and if the game is exciting can’t calm myself down to sleep. If the refs are particularly bad, then I’m mad and can’t sleep at all. arg!

    Wonder if the refs will do a better job this year knowing that all eyes will be looking at them closer?

  • fatty

    Cyrus

    When the times used to post the emails, we all used to share emails back and forth. (usually it was how we really felt about AK/BK) And yes, once in awhile we still run emails by each other. Faith, Edwin, (Stargazin, hasn’t in a long time)

  • cyrus

    Oh boy, tell me about those refs. They are doing a great job in covering it up. I think there is a lot more to it, and David Stern is plugging all the leaks to save the refs reputation.

    I think no matter how hard they try to keep the magnitude of this scandal under control, we will hear a lot more because there is more than they are sharing with us.

  • fatty

    I would like the blog moderators to set up a thread on the refs when things settle down a little bit. (new site and all)

    I’ve got a lot to say. What’s the expression “Don’t get me started?” haha

  • cyrus

    Fatty,
    I am gonna let Faith relay my email to you, I don’t email with her but I have seen her link by clicking on her name.

  • fatty

    Cyrus

    Hint: Shout box shows email address.

  • cyrus

    Fatty, I know but I don’t put mine there. I already sent an email to Faith, hopefully you get it. But if you want to put yours on shout box is OK too.

  • cyrus

    I got your from shout box, thanks. Now I am going out to send you a message on that address, see if it works.

  • la

    Its great to hear that fatty and cyrus are now cool and ready to help run the new show for la. Let the lord be with Chick and to the laker fans. Lets get KG off of our shoulders and thrive together.

  • cyrus

    [quote comment=”10735″]Its great to hear that fatty and cyrus are now cool and ready to help run the new show for la. Let the lord be with Chick and to the laker fans. Lets get KG off of our shoulders and thrive together.[/quote]

    Amen to that.

    I, for one, would like to see this site to succeed because they are working hard to give us a sanctuary for our opinions and affections for our beloved Lakers and yes; please no more KG stuff.

  • la

    To this date i did not know That C.F. were long term fans of the lakers dynasty. You guys rule and give our fellow laker fans words of wisdom.

  • cyrus

    Thanks la,

    That Fan spirit never ages, no matter how old we are. our beloved Chick Hearn is the best example.

    Good nite you all.

  • Faith

    We miss you Chick!

    The game just isn’t the same…this team just isn’t the same.

    Thanks for the memories!

  • rasarx

    Where is “It’s showtime!” in that list? They may have been using that phrase in circus prior to Chick, but he’s the one who coined it in sports. The 80’s Lakers (what a decade, oh I miss those old days) were also known as “The Showtime Lakers”.