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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Two Texas Sportscasters Stepping Aside Into The Sunset

Posted 05-19-2021 at 07:44 PM by case44
Updated 05-19-2021 at 08:47 PM by case44

The old guard keeps slipping away.

Many fine broadcasters in news, weather, and sports at the local level have retired or moved on to other things. In your local area, chances are real good that you've had several people that you've invited into your living room during a newscast or a sporting event with your local team for a good, long time, with lots of loyalty. You've trusted them. A vast number of them have spent much of their careers working in one market. That's longevity.

When we get to the fall months, two more prominent Texas broadcasters will have called it a career. Just last week, Houston fixture Bill Worrell had called his last Rockets basketball game. The University of Houston graduate had enjoyed a long career on Bayou City television which included a decade-long run at KPRC-TV (Channel 2, NBC) as sportscaster, and then had moved on to cable, where he did color analysis and play-by-play work for the hometown Astros, Oilers, and Rockets. Bill Worrell will long be remembered for his dynamic, no-nonsense style of broadcasting.

The other prominent Texas legend in sports is Dale Hansen, longtime Dallas fixture at WFAA-TV (Channel 8, ABC) and, previously, at KDFW-TV (Channel 4, CBS at that time). He was one of the most flamboyant and irreverent characters on Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex television, and he actually did get fired from Channel 4, although this writer can't remember the specific reason. Hansen also worked in Omaha, Nebraska, before landing his dream gig in Dallas, where, as he's claimed, he'd always wanted to be. The midwesterner also worked color commentary on the Dallas Cowboys radio broadcasts for many years and even had a radio show on KTCK-AM (1310). Dale Hansen has announced on Channel 8 (which I spotted on YouTube) that he will retire September 2. He was opinionated and he was raucous, but he will be missed.

Bill Worrell. Dale Hansen. Two Texas legends. Both to be celebrated and never forgotten. Thanks very much to the both of them for making wonderful sports memories along with the guys on the field or the court who made great things happen.
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