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EP 100: Verne Lundquist, CBS

posted by Logan Anderson September 26, 2019 0 comments
EP 100: Verne Lundquist

For episode 100 it is my pleasure to share my conversation with Verne Lundquist of CBS! Topics of discussion include:

  • How often does he get recognized as the guy who says “Who the hell is Happy Gilmore?”
  • Other stories from the filming of Happy Gilmore.
  • His reaction when his varsity basketball coach suggested he become a cheerleader.
  • Going to seminary for one year before deciding on sports media.
  • The influence of his father who was a pastor in the Lutheran Church.
  • His role in the coverage at his student station the day JFK was assassinated.
  • The serendipitous events that led to him becoming the Dallas Cowboys broadcaster.
  • Working with current Cowboys broadcaster Brad Sham.
  • Getting to know Calvin Hill when he played for the Cowboys and calling his son, Grant Hill’s, games for Duke in the NCAA tourney.
  • Why he didn’t like his call of the famous Duke vs Kentucky game with the famous Christian Laettner shot.
  • The key to capturing big moments on the biggest stages.
  • The emotional memory of crew member Norm Patterson saving a great call on the famous Tiger Woods chip shot at the Masters.
  • The beauty of Augusta National in person.
  • How he played two times he golfed at Augusta.
  • Why becoming the voice of the SEC felt like a demotion at the time but proved to be a career altering blessing in disguise.
  • How Chick Hearn talked him into hosting the game show Bowling For Dollars.
  • Calling a volleyball game in Leningrad, Russia during the Cold War.

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