When I watch North Carolina play football or basketball, I can figure who won and who lost and who played well and who didn't. But the result does not feel official until I hear Woody Durham say it.
Woody, who has broadcast the Tar Heels for 40 years, is retiring.
The voice of Tar Heel basketball and football, Woody knows when to talk and when not to. Some announcers -- some people -- talks as if they get paid by the word. Woody never did.
Woody, 69, was partisan. Of course he was partisan. Those were his guys out there. The Tar Heels are his school.
The good ones make a program theirs. They become so entwined that you can't imagine the program without them. Can you imagine Duke basketball without Bob Harris? Remarkably, he and Woody both come from Albemarle.
I can't imagine Tar Heel athletics without Woody.