Buddy “D”– gone at 73

From the T-P:

Bernard “Buddy” Diliberto, the beloved and bombastic New Orleans sports commenator, died late Friday of a massive heart attack at his home in Metairie, according to his son. He was 73.

Diliberto amused listeners with his regular malapropisms, such as his referring to former Saints quarterback Kenny “The Snake” Stabler as “Steak Snabler,” calling Saints receiver Donte Stallworth, “Donte Stallpepper,” and uttering “torn lee nigaments” instead of torn knee ligaments. That on top of his heavy lisp and sometimes mangled speech mystified non-New Orleanians who heard him on the air, but only further endeared him to his loyal fans.

The New Orleans area is full of characters, and Buddy D was certainly one. For better or worse, his local accent was broadcast to listeners in 40 states. This morning on WWL 870am sports broadcasters were speculating this could be the biggest funeral in the city’s history? Is that even remotely possible?

To Buddy’s credit, no one who heard him felt neutral about him. How do you think he should be sent off?

Update: Jeffrey shares some fine thoughts about Buddy.

2 Comments so far

  1. jfbiii (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 7:15 am

    He should be preserved like Lenin and displayed in the dome (or in whatever new playing facility Tom Benson manages to get the state to pay for) in perpetuity as part of any blackmail deal made with Tom Benson.

    Sure, there’ll be some controversy at some future date should the Saints manage to go to a Super Bowl over whether or not to apply a dress to the remains, but Buddy probably wouldn’t mind honoring his long standing bet with listeners.

  2. John (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 1:19 pm

    I miss hearing Buddy D so much, I went to see if I could get wwl on line and I saw that he passed. It’s like another piece of my life is gone. I used to spend a lot of time driving from Fort Walton Beach to Macon Ga to visit my daughter on the weekends and it was one of my favorite things in world to hear Buddy talk about the Saints. I had to move out to Phoenix a few years ago, but always visit N.O. a couple of times a year and I was going to make it a point this year to get Buddy’s schedule so I could go online and hear him. He was MUCH better than anything on TV, so I was going to plan to get back some of my good days by hearing him. Then I saw he passed. I’ll probably still listen to 870, but it sure won’t be the same. Thanks Buddy for making hard times for me tolerable. You always made me feel like everything was right in the world even when the Saints were being the Saints.

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