This Week in Milford

December 21, 2020

Vic’s Pitch

Vic Doucette has finally tracked down Gil, who looks appropriately dazed and confused from chilling in the teacher’s lounge. Now it’s time to find out what Vic Doucette’s burning desire is. It’s not an assistant team manager gig, nor statistician, nor Mudlark sports brand manager/social media strategist. Vic wants to be the public address announcer at basketball games. It remains to be seen whether Vic wants to do a straight ahead type of P.A. announcing or put some kind of idiosyncratic spin on it to hog attention from the athletes. We will wait and see if Gil is into this idea.

We’ve never heard of Mr. Staley, the former P.A. announcer. Was he a hot dog? What’s he doing in Montana? (What does “same concept” mean, by the way Gil? Just like, some place far away where nobody will ever here from you again?)

I think this train is headed to snoozeville.

16 Comments »

  1. It is supposed to somewhat parallel my high school life. I started a long career in radio at a high school station. Did many things, not including achieving fame or fortune or calling basketball games. Some of the most fun I ever had while nearly starving.

    Comment by Vic Doucette — December 21, 2020 @ 4:41 am

  2. Up early again I see. I’m sure they would already have a PA announcer in place by now. I’m also sure most of you remember the greatest PA announcer of all time, Dave Zinkoff. (I think that’s his name, I’m not looking it up.). He was PA for the Philadelphia 76ers , whom I was a fan of in the Julius Erving days. I remember some pundit saying he could make the no smoking announcement exciting. And he did. I remember CBS,who did the NBA games back then , doing a piece on him. They played him doing the no smoking announcement. Truly good stuff. His call of a Julius Erving basket was legendary. “Errrrrrrrrrrvvvvvinnggggg!!!”. And very little excitement for an opponent basket. “jordan”.
    I loved watching Erving, Malone, Cheeks, both Jones, Bibby, McGinnis, Dawkins and Toney. And hearing Zinkoff exclaim their names was classic.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 21, 2020 @ 5:05 am

  3. Hey, Vic! Great to have a character model step out of the strip. I think you’re the first to show up here since Kevin “The Secret” Pelwecki.

    Comment by Downpuppy (I, me, mine) (@Downpuppy) — December 21, 2020 @ 7:38 am

  4. I’ve known 3-4 kids like this and this Vic character is certainly a dead ringer for them. Nerdy but endlessly enthusiastic, study PA/TV/Radio announcers, want to go to Syracuse and then become a pro using their voice, etc. etc. Good kids, but I’m not sure there’s a story to be had here…

    Comment by billytheskink — December 21, 2020 @ 8:28 am

  5. The real Vic Doucette seems like a cool guy, by the way.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 21, 2020 @ 8:32 am

  6. Ooo!…I get it! Instead of “Dickie Vee’, he’s gonna’ be calling himself “Vicky Dee” and makin’ a name for himself while possibly pissin’ off the team. He’s a regurgitation of the butt-pirate radio kid

    Comment by franku2016 — December 21, 2020 @ 9:03 am

  7. Vic, Welcome aboard. I think it’s great when people like you keep in touch like this. I liked your last comment. Yeah, being a celebrity doesn’t necessarily put food on the table. Funny, funny, My Man. Keep ’em coming.

    Frank, I was thinking the exact same thing. Just when you thought it was safe to broadcast again(ha). And as long as we’re getting Harry, who’s going to be Steve? Kaz?

    Comment by tdrewhardin — December 21, 2020 @ 10:38 am

  8. billy, what makes you think I am a cool guy? I might need to be cool somewhere else abd have to pull it out of my pocket.

    Comment by Vic Doucette — December 21, 2020 @ 11:08 am

  9. tdrew, I never liked Carey at all. The announcer is NEVER more important than the game. Put me down as a huge Ernie Harwell fan; he’s the best broadcaster I ever heard and the nicest man I ever met.

    Truth to tell, there’s another baseball announcer who’s a far more apt comparison to me than CubFanBudMan.

    Comment by Vic Doucette — December 21, 2020 @ 11:13 am

  10. Vic is right about the announcer never being more important than the game. i would much rather hear “Now batting, number thirty-two, the catcher, Elston Howard, number thirty-two,” than “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!”

    Comment by vaganova — December 21, 2020 @ 3:59 pm

  11. i think the announcers matter in baseball with all the down time; I appreciate the characters and storytelling. Harry made Cub baseball fun.

    Comment by robmize2013 — December 21, 2020 @ 5:27 pm

  12. I think Harry was pretty darn good as the White Sox announcer. Great team with Piersall. Bit more of an entertainer with the Cubs. But still enjoyable. RAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 21, 2020 @ 7:44 pm

  13. Only a cool guy would post here at TWIM, Vic, right? (he said with a self-affirming smile…)

    We give Rubin plenty of grief around here, but the real folks he name checks in this strip are usually pretty cool folks.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 21, 2020 @ 10:16 pm

  14. Vic, Thank you for your input and insights. I have learned something. You da Man.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — December 21, 2020 @ 10:36 pm

  15. I can tell by looking that I’m really going to hate Vic the Douchebag this season…

    Comment by Hitorque — December 22, 2020 @ 4:56 am

  16. Robmize2013 is right about the announcers mattering in baseball. I too love the storytelling. Probably my favorites were Rizzuto and Bill White, and later Jim Kaat paired with anybody. But the all time master on radio was Red Barber, calling the Dodgers games, especially back in Brooklyn. I just object to the loud, pointless style of some others.

    Comment by vaganova — December 22, 2020 @ 12:16 pm


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