No, he didn't speak Spanish, but he brought to the NBA the enthusiasm and vivid imagery that Spanish soccer announcers bring to soccer. I don't know how many of you know Chick Hearn that well, him being the voice of the Lakers and all, but in Southern California he was God, even to an anti-Lakerite like myself. He really does remind me of a Spanish-speaking soccer announcer with his staccato rythym, the excitement in his voice, his constant energy and his verbal pyrotechnics. He was bigger than the team or the sport itself, and drew in literally thousands and thousands of new fans solely with the nature of his announcing, turning on a whole generation (more than one actually) with his verbal skills. He will be sorely missed. What MLS and the Nats need (i.e., ESPN2 and/or the Disney network) is a Chick Hearn for soccer.