I got to hear the famous call this year. Butler versus Northwestern. A game that surprisingly did more to boost Butler’s resume than the Indiana game. With 0.4 seconds left, freshman Kamar Baldwin hit a jumper from the left elbow to put the Bulldogs up 70-68. Onions!
It’s a treat having Butler play on FS1 because it means I’ll often get Raftery on the call. Over the years his signature calls of “Onions!” and “With a Kiss” have graced the airwaves in pivotal and memorable games. And now those catchphrases have been licensed to Streaker Sports to produce a set of shirts honoring the legendary announcer, including the Onions! Tee.
The tri-blend t-shirt feels just like a vintage t-shirt from 1982, the year of Raftery’s first broadcast. The t-shirt is tagless for extra added comfort and the front graphic is exceptional with onions taking the place of basketballs going through the net. Like a half-court buzzer beater, the timing of this release couldn’t be more perfect with March Madness starting next week.