I’m not breaking any news here, but when Redskins fans speculate about the eventual successors to Sonny and Sam in the team’s radio broadcast booth, Rick “Doc” Walker is always a popular suggestion.
In addition to co-hosting John Thompson’s show on ESPN 980 and serving as a frequent commentator on Comcast SportsNet, Walker has also been serving as the sideline reporter for the team’s preseason television broadcasts.
This Friday, though, Walker moves into the color analyst’s seat for the first time. Joe Theismann, the regular color guy, has a preexisting conflict, according to a team spokesman, so Walker will pair with play-by-play man Mike Patrick in the booth. Charles Mann will replace Walker on the sidelines.
Walker spent a decade doing color on NFL radio broadcasts for Westwood One, and has also done color for the Raycom ACC football telecasts. This led to the Doc Walker Drinking Game, which you could play on Friday night, if you feel like dying. To give the short version, drink every time Walker uses an awesome noun to describe a football player, including neanderthal, beast, savage, vandal, pillager, brute, ogre, baller, cyborg, werewolf, caveman, warthog, sweathog and varmint.
The game will be shown in standard def on WRC, and in HD on Comcast SportsNet.