Bill Walton and Jason Benetti at the Maui Invitational. (Credit: ESPN)

When Bill Walton is calling a game, you know it’s likely to get strange. He’s done everything from bringing up Mozart and Steve Jobs to sampling mushrooms off a tree branch to taking off his shirt to growling like a bear to discussing bridges, weed and volcanoes. Walton has been in Hawaii this week for ESPN’s coverage of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, and he’s again made it anything but typical. First, here’s Walton with a plant that he used to screen out play-by-play voice Jason Benetti (and bring in the “What’s your name?” gag he usually uses on Dave?):

Here’s him giving Jay Bilas a massage:

Here’s when he brought up “The spirit of Danny Ainge, the joyous, boyish enthusiasm of just an incredible force of nature?”

Some further highlights from Twitter:

There are always going to be plenty of people criticizing Walton and hoping for more standard analysis, but he’s very appreciated from this corner. We’ll take non-sequiturs about humpback whales over typical color commentary any day.

[Matt Clapp on Clippit]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.