Oh me, oh my.
Here’s some extremely good news for Los Angeles Clippers viewers: Ralph Lawler, television announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers, is expected to return to the booth for one more year after contemplating retirement at the seasons end.
Longtime Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler said Wednesday he would return for at least one more season because he did not want his retirement to be associated with the messy end of the Donald Sterling era.
“I positively don’t want to get thrown out with the dishwater, so to speak,” Lawler told The Times before Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “I want to come back with new ownership, new vision, new hope and be a part of that transition, be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.”
via Ralph Lawler will return for at least one more year | The LA Times
You can only spew respect for Lawler who joined the franchise in 1978 when the franchise was stationed in San Diego. Since then he’s been one of the few faces of the franchise, mesmerizing fans with his broadcast calls. When the Sterling allegations came out, like the team, Lawler stood for the team rather than the man who had paid his salary over the last 25-plus years.
Over his broadcasting tenure, Lawler has coined several terms that personify his job. The most famed term is “Lawler’s Law”, a rule that says whichever team reaches 100 first is the victor. While it’s not perfect, it’s often right. He’s also known for “bingo” which is proclaimed when a shooter hits a three, “The Lob! The Jam!”, an expression heard when an alley-oop is performed. Looking at the Clippers teams of the last three years, it’s safe to say we hear this one at least once a game. And then there’s “Oh me, Oh my”, Lawler’s way of saying something amazing happened. The latter may be my favorite of his catchphrases.
He’s decided to remain with the team as leaving after Sterling embarrassing the franchise didn’t sit well with Lawler and as a fan of his work I can’t be any happier on the news.
“I don’t want to be tainted by anything because I’m proud of my body of work and I’ve taken a great deal of pride in it,” Lawler said. “I’ve loved it and I’ve loved this team and [the controversy] just really hurt. I thought, ‘Oh, my God, all these years for nothing.’”