For George Blaha, this time of year is like preparing for exams in his two favorite subjects.
And that helps to make it enjoyable for him despite the preparation and hectic schedule involved in delivering all the details of the Michigan State football and Pistons’ NBA seasons with his legendary voice.
“If I didn’t love college football and pro basketball, it would be an even more difficult time of year,” said Blaha, who calls MSU football games on the radio for the Spartan Sports Network (WJR-AM 760 in Detroit) and Pistons’ games on TV for Fox Sports Detroit. “It has its challenges because you’ve got to look at the schedule, see what you can do and what you can’t do, then arrange for all the transportation and all of that.
“But it’s really an exciting time of the year.”
The busy stretch will end for Blaha when the Spartans close their regular season at Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. There has been one instance this month where MSU’s schedule conflicted with the Pistons’, and in that case, Blaha called the Spartans.
But the past week hasn’t featured a conflict, and it still has been a hectic stretch for the 69-year old Hall of Fame broadcaster. The Pistons had home games Monday and Wednesday last week before traveling to Atlanta on Thursday for a Friday night game. Blaha called Friday’s contest against the Hawks, arrived in Michigan in the early hours Saturday, then drove to Lansing to get a couple hours of sleep before calling a noon game between MSU and Rutgers.
This week’s schedule will be just as busy with the Pistons playing at home Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and the Spartans at Penn State on Saturday.
“To get to Penn State in time and get back was going to require a lot of creativity,” said Blaha, who lives in Troy. “Fortunately, Bob Skandalaris, one of the Spartans’ great donors, has plans to fly his plane out to Penn State on that day, and he’s kind enough to take me along and bring me back. That changes that day completely.”
Read more at the Detroit Free Press where this story was originally published.