(Las Vegas, NV) Sportscaster Brent Musburger was inducted into the Las Vegas Bowl Hall of Fame at Friday’s kickoff luncheon at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Musburger will call his seventh Las Vegas Bowl Game Saturday afternoon (12:30 PM PT) on ABC-TV when the Houston Cougars (9-3) face the Mountain West Conference Champion San Diego State Aztecs (10-2) at Sam Boyd Stadium. Below are his comments at the luncheon.
Jim Simpson was one of the great sportscasters in the history of television and radio. He passed away at age 88 on Wednesday. Here’s a few minutes of his call of the famous “Holy Roller” play in the Oakland Raiders/San Diego Chargers game on NBC-TV.
(New York, NY) “IN YOUR LIFE”, a one-hour documentary celebrating Verne Lundquist’s 50 years in broadcasting will air Saturday, Nov. 29 (1:30 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
Verne has witnessed and called some of the greatest moments in sports history from Jack Nicklaus’ birdie at the 1986 Masters® to Christian Laettner’s last-second shot to beat Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA Tournament. “IN YOUR LIFE” relives these indelible moments with Verne as the storyteller, and takes you through his incredible career.
The documentary follows Verne over the past year, his 50th as a broadcaster, which included announcing two of the greatest games in college football history – Auburn defeating Georgia (11/16/13) and Auburn beating Alabama in the Iron Bowl (11/30/13) – as well as receiving numerous honors, including the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting and the Blackie Sherrod Lifetime Achievement Award.
The documentary also features interviews with those who were there with Verne during these memorable moments, both announcing and playing, such as Jim Nantz and Grant Hill, as well as other sports broadcasting icons. He made his broadcasting debut on August 31, 1963 at KTBC-TV in Austin, Texas, a station owned by President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson. Verne joined CBS Sports in 1982 and has called more than 20 different sports for the Network. He is currently the lead college football play-by-play announcer calling the SEC ON CBS and Army-Navy game. He also calls the Masters and PGA Championship and will announce his 31st consecutive NCAA Tournament this year.
Some of the memorable sports moments called by Verne:
• 1986 Masters: Jack Nicklaus sinks a birdie putt on the 17th hole – “MAYBE, YES SIR”.
• 1992 NCAA Tournament: Duke beats Kentucky in the East Regional on Christian Laettner’s buzzer beater “THERE’S THE PASS TO LAETTNER. PUTS IT UP. YESSSSS!”
• 2005 Masters: Tiger Woods chips in at the 16th hole – “IN YOUR LIFE”.
• 2006 NCAA Tournament: No. 11-seed George Mason knocks off No. 1-seed Connecticut – “BY GEORGE, THE DREAM IS ALIVE.”
• 2013 Iron Bowl: Auburn defeats Alabama returning a missed field goal with no time remaining – “AN ANSWERED PRAYER.