Hoping to find ‘Buzz’ back in Danville, Illinois

Posted: March 7, 2011 by Jared Field in JUCO

I’ve done a lot of writing in my life, from the serious stuff as a news reporter to the not-so-serious world of sports. I have to say, though, the most fun I’ve ever had writing anything in my life came in Danville, Illinois back in 2008. It wasn’t any one of the stories that I had to write in 15 minutes to make deadline (blame the Central time zone) during Mott’s third national championship run. Nope. It was a feature on Paul “Buzz” Cassady.

Buzz is a legend in Danville. He’s been doing his thing for decades, a longer and more distinguished tenure than heckling greats Robin Ficker and the Philly Fanatic.

What I left out of this piece, sort of lost in the shock of his threatened retirement, is one of the coolest quotes of all time.

Buzz told me: “Well, let’s put it this way: If it wasn’t for me they wouldn’t even have a tournament … You know, they talk about this and that. ‘It’s about the players’; no, it isn’t.  It’s about me.”

Buzz quickly came to his senses and realized he had overextended himself with the hyperbole. He didn’t want me to print it. I didn’t, but I’d say my statute of limitations on the quote has expired.

Will Buzz be back? I’ll find out next week.


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