Before Craig Sager There Was .. Verne Lundquist?

In 1999 Dallas television station WFAA celebrated its fiftieth anniversary on the air.

Video: Verne Lundquist like you've never seen him before

(Stuck in the ’70s, at least Verne had an excuse)

That year WFAA proudly presented a spectacular retrospective of its local TV news programming.

Spectacular only because, of course, the four-hour documentary celebrated the inordinately colorful career of former WFAA sports anchor Verne Lundquist.

Besides the obvious reason to drink in the vignette, Lundquist also regales us with ancient tales of covering the Cowboys at the Cotton Bowl and how he first found out the Washington Senators were Metroplex-bound.

Lundquist, who was an on-air reporter, anchor and sports director from 1967-83 at WFAA, has always been best known to me as a national television sports voice for CBS.

Not anymore.