Sad as it is, Gino has been a bit out of it and it is time. Gil feels like a bigger loss and likely to be a jarring change to something that has been a dependable, comforting sound in my life for years. There are few sports radio things that make me feel as at home as hearing Santos describe the Pats' formation/personnel pre-snap.
I've often wonder why we've been unusually blessed with exceptional local play-by-play talent compared to most cities. Santos, Johnny Most and Fred Cusick are all absolute legends. LA brings Chick Hearn and Vin Scully to the table, and NYC had Marv Albert and Mel Allen, though all of those guys (except Hearn) moved to national jobs. How did we keep such exceptionally skilled broadcasters for so long?
Anyhow, Gino's best days were well behind him, but I'll always remember his glee during the first Super Bowl win vs. the Rams. He was a homer's homer, as good color guys should be.
Edited by Garshaparra, 20 July 2012 - 10:26 PM.