Like millions of other people, one of my favorite sporting events is talking stuff about the announcers. Every time Brent Musburger says “his daddy was a good one”, I get all sorts of endorphins flying.
But every few years, there’s a handful of guys on the sideline, in the booth, or on the other side of the camera, that connect in a way the rest do. Stu Scott. Van Pelt. Tirico. Sager.
They have this unbelievable ability to reach through your TV, sit in your living room, and it’s unfortunate that out of the 4 I named, we’ve now only got 2 left. They’re not just reading a script, but talking to you like they’re your fun uncle that knows about current sports, not just the 1970s NBA. Sager did that across the board, and it’s an understatement to say that he’ll be missed next season. That’s why this one hurt so hard, because Craig found his way into the families and hearts of every NBA fan, just like Stu Scott. To Uncle Craig, thanks for the laughs and the interviews. Rest easy big fella.