Ralph Lawler's Last Year As Clippers Play-by-Play Announcer?

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ClipperKyle32
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@DanWoikeSports: Clippers' play-by-play man Ralph Lawler (@Ohmeomy) tweets that plan is for 2013-14 season to be his last. He's been with team since 1978. Ralph's Actuall Tweet: @Ohmeomy: Well, we have not announced this as final year,....

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clippyclip
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This would SUCK. I mean it's inevitable at some point, just didn't think it would be so soon. Grant Hill would be good in a Mike Smith role, but I don't see him being colorful enough to replace Ralph. What a bummer.

Clippersfan86
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Woah!!!! Would be devastating. Although having a young braniac like Grant Hill representing us wouldn't be awful.

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WoW, there is not a single person in this world that can replace Ralph. Lets give him the best retirement present ever. A Championship ring

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Serious.. I didn't even think about that OMG. If we don't win a championship this will be the most fu**ed up thing ever. Let's be the Cindarella story this year and give Ralph one on the way out. I feel like crying right now, not even kidding cry.

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Hopefully Ralph is still enjoying the broadcasting and will stay with the Clippers for many more years. Maybe eventually if he is getting too tired of traveling for road games, the Clippers would allow him just do the Staples Center games, kind of like what the Dodgers do for Vin Scully.

Clippersfan86
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Just wrote Ralph this poem.

This news of your departure has me close to tears.

All of the optimism rubbed off on me over the years.

I sit and think about all the settle down Mike Smith moments.

Take those away and it has to be some sort of bad omen.

I won't forget all of those Bingo shouts.

Without those I'm seriously going to freak out.

Clippers fans let's take a second to remember the past.

Damn Ralph this all just went by too fast.

I wish it could have lasted a little longer.

But I understand you want more time to be a grandfather.

Goodbye Clipper Nation King

Nothing better than to send you out with a ring.

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Team gets a chip, ralph retires, clippers retire the first jersey ever and put another microphone in the rafters of staples. Storybook ending.

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My god would that idiot take over as the lead play-by-play if Ralph left?

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say it ain't so, Ralph Sad

we gotto win it all this year for Ralph!

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win for ralph!

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to the legend i grew up with, thank you.

id really like to see the great BRIAN SIEMAN to take over the reigns. the guy is absolutely phenomenal and has paid his dues.

Clippersfan86
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Guys lets start a twitter trend. #Winitforralphlawler

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To ralph, who I think reads this site: THANK YOU........................

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Don't Go Ralph! cry

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We are going through this with Vin Scully and the Dodgers also. But for Vinny last year was going to be his last,then he saw the potential of actually getting to the world series and now this years is his last (if we don't get there,watch,one more year!). Heck,last year was the firs Vinny bobblehead because it was to be his last year,now this year we got a second one as this is his last year (cough cough). Although Vinny is pretty old now,still,in is the blood.

I suspect Ralph could be the same. Yeah,this is his last year, until we get to the WC finals or the Championships and miss the ring but look like the next season will be the one. There is no way he rides off into the sunset when he could have the chance to get a ring with this team.

It's weird when the only announcer you have ever known for your entire time with a team may call it quits,but it does happen. There is never anyone that can really ever take their place(es).

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No.... We gotta win one first

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Oh me oh my! Ralph is truly the best, the man is a living legend!

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Of course, I would miss hearing Ralph when he steps down, but I wouldn't mind seeing Brian Sieman move into the TV play-by-play role (maybe perhaps do a simulcast), or if not (and if Seattle doesn't get a NBA team), I would like to have Kevin Calabro call Clippers games.

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Brian Sieman would be the perfect guy to replace the legend. Ill be disappointed if he gets hired anywhere else

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Gotta make this year COUNT!

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I'm gonna appreciate every "BINGO" I hear this season Sad

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Tough to imagine anyone else in his place.

Let's hope he gets to go out on top with a clipper championship Very Happy

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i agree. i hope the clips send ralph out with a title. and yes, brian sieman deserves his shot. i find him entertaining when listening to the clips broadcast on the radio.

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Clippers for the championship! For Ralph! Someone please make a T-shirt of Ralph!

Shinob
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they need to have a ralph lawler bobblehead night at staples center! haha that'd be great

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Ralph needs a statue and a star on the hollywood walk of fame. Smile

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Yes, Ralph is definitely a legend and will be missed. But this can be the perfect extra motivation for the clippers to have their best season ever, in tribute to him!.

I also think Brian Sieman would be awesome. Lately I actually prefer listening to him on the radio, I really hope he takes over!

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Don't even want to think about this until it happens, but when it does, Brian Sieman is certainly on deck.

Some great ideas on here... 1st retired Clippers jersey, statue outside Staples, star on the walk of fame, but most of all... win one for Ralph!

Perhaps Ralph's most underrated achievement is that he's the one man who can unite CTB. Treasure every call this season, guys!

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Loved working for Ralph during my KCOP-13 Clippers telecast, a true professional and good spirit!

Andrew818
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I knew it would happen eventually but man it's gonna suck not hearing Ralph.Who is gonna tell Mike Smith to settle down now?haha

Hopefully he changes his mind but if not he will defiantly be missed

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I must say, the only reason I am clipper fan is because of Mike Smith, do you hear me Ralph?

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Just because of this, anything less than a championship is considered a failure. Hanging his Mic over the refters would fit in perfectly with our ring ceremony.

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that would be a shame but at some point he needs to relax and enjoy the rest of his life and not worry about travelling and scheduling.

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Damn, I couldn't imagine watching a clippers game without "Oh me oh my!" and "Bingo!" while the Ring sendoff would be great, and the twitter comments, why don't we as a forum invest into a "clone Ralph so he can announce forever" project?

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Lets start a kickstartee for this?

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I'd be heart broken if Ralph left after this season. The games wouldn't be the same without him saying "Fasten your seat belts, gang. We're going down to the wire." Ralph has been the one consistently positive thing about this franchise over the years. It'd be a sad day when he calls it quits.

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No, it could go horribly wrong. They tried doing that already with someone else and the result was "mini me"

Clippersfan86
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Brian Seimen was kind enough to talk to me today. He said he is honored that Clippers fans support him but that he would rather Ralph be a part of the Clippers for another 30 years.

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If Clips don't win it all this year he can't leave until the first championship. And if Clips go all the way, he needs to stay for the repeat.

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this will be a very sad day in clipperland

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I can't imagine a Clipper game without Ralph. Since I don't live in the area, the only time I hear his telecast is if a Clipper game is featured on NBA tv. I get really bummed out if it's the other team's play by play..

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Seriously if he's done, that Mike Smith guy won't take over will he? God I puked in my mouth.

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when ralph goes, he should take mike smith with him.

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no...say it ain't so

clipperboy24
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Sad news, he has been the backbone of our franchise and encouragement through all the bad years. It has become notic eagle though that he makes quite a few mistakes during the game especially with players names, old age finally kicking in.

clipperboy24
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And like everyone else said, please take mike smith with you!

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Brian Semen would be a great replacement. I love Ralph.

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I am a new Clippers fan and love Ralph Lawler already. When I first started watching the Clippers games last season, I had to get used to the quirky Lawlerisms such as Oh Me Oh My, Bingo, Lawler's Law, Settle Down, Mike Smith, and Buckle Your Seatbelts. Lol I'm sure I'm missing some other golden nuggets. These are an integral part of Clippers lore now and it wouldn't be the same if he retired. I hope he continues for as long as possible. When he no longer can stand the constant travel, perhaps he can do as Vince Scully for the Dodgers and announce the home games only.

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For those of you like me, who don't listen to radio broadcasts of Clips games (I'd rather DVR the game and watch it later), here's a sample of Brian Sieman working arguably the greatest Clippers performance ever... with a little Aerosmith thrown in for atmosphere:

http://www.nba.com/clippers/media/2012- ... EAM_ON.mp3

The telecasts will be in great hands when Ralph decides to hang it up. Sieman is a true fan and a class act.

Thanks to SeanRooks for originally posting this last year.

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