George Blaha, trendsetter

At the end of his notes column on Grantland, Zach Lowe has a nice shoutout to Pistons broadcaster George Blaha:

10. “Glasser”

This is the work of George Blaha, Detroit’s play-by-play TV guy for nearly 40 years. At first it seemed like an attention grab — a needless attempt to coin some sort of basketball colloquialism when “banker” or “bank shot” would do. But damn if “glasser” hasn’t grown on me over the years, to the point where it pops into my head even when someone knocks down a bank shot in a non-Pistons game. Flashing a really nice glasser this year, by the way: Brook Lopez.

Like most Pistons fans, I’ve grown up listening to Blaha. And Lowe is right — far too often, broadcasters force words or descriptions down the throats of viewers in an effort to be clever. But what makes Blaha’s lingo stick is it always feels so genuine and just flows as a result of the emotion of the game. I’ve always been a Blaha fan, but I’ve grown to appreciate him even more in recent years as NBA TV has given everyone a chance to hear how truly awful some of the local broadcasters are. Blaha is truly a legend among his peers.

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