Rockets Honor Peterson And Foley
December 17, 2008 at 5:13 AM (PT)
Longtime HOUSTON ROCKETS radio announcers GENE PETERSON and JIM FOLEY returned TUESDAY night to TOYOTA CENTER and were showered with cheers, applause and tokens of appreciation large and small, writes THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE.
And their gift, in return, was one final quarter of PETERSON and FOLEY on ROCKETS radio -- one more "backing it in, backing it in," five or six "Bingos!" innumerable declarations that "This is HOUSTON ROCKETS basketball" and, at game’s end, a final "How sweet it is!" to celebrate a 108-96 HOUSTON victory.
It was a delayed farewell for the veteran broadcasters, who shared the airwaves for more than two decades during their long stints with the team, 33 years for PETERSON behind the microphone, 36 years for FOLEY as public relations director and radio analyst.
FOLEY left the air last MARCH to undergo surgery, and PETERSON signed off after the 2007-2008 season finale. TUESDAY, however, they were back in the building for a long-delayed tribute.