Craig Sager Owes His TV Career To Metallurgy

Normally, there’s nothing more tired than talking about Craig Sager’s wardrobe. But for Sager’s recent guest appearance on Fox Sports Radio’s Petros and Money Show, an exception is in order.

Craig Sager

(Pawn Star)

It was during that appearance that Sager finally revealed the secret that has kept him the most relevant sports broadcaster on television for the last 30 years. (I grew up watching the dude do local TV sports in Kansas City. Don’t ever step to me about my Sager.)
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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.
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So What Will LeBron Do For His Marketing Encore?

With the notoriety* garnered by LeBron James and his LRMR Marketing Group the past week, you can’t help but wonder what’s next for James and LRMR.

LeBron ESPN Homecoming With Rick Reilly!

(Hey you … ESPN sales guy … in the cubicle … yes YOU … GET ON IT!)

I’m now pleased to report that earlier today I did not obtain exactly what that will indeed entail:

1) Pre-book LeBron for June 2011 appearance in Cleveland on Rick Reilly’s highly-rated, critically-acclaimed ESPN Homecoming series. Secure assistance from Blackwater Security in staging event in exchange for presenting sponsorship rights. (Disclaimer: It was Craig Sager’s idea.)

2) Broker eight-figure lifetime endorsement contract with BP for new LRMR Marketing Group Client and New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul. (Includes personal use of BP CEO’s yacht.)

3) Sign Reggie Bush as LRMR Marketing Group Client. Book Bush appearance with former FEMA Chief Michael Brown at annual Superdome Boat Show in exchange for stipend to be donated to charity.

4) Acquire Jim Gray’s exclusive, worldwide marketing rights and immediately begin canvassing Horizon League member schools for broadcasting opportunities and Sacramento-area Bail Bondsmen for endorsement deals.

5) Secure venture capital - from new Miami Heat contract - for company attempting to bring fire-retardant NBA jersey technology to market. Induce Delonte West to test prototype by promising guest appearance on History Channel’s Lock N’ Load with R. Lee Ermey.

6) Schedule press conference inside Clark County Detention Center to introduce latest LRMR hire: Financial Controller Antoine Walker. Continue searching classmates.com for additional LRMR executive hires.

7) Pitch new LeBron Cleveland billboard concept to Nike execs: “WITNESS PROTECTION.” Read more…

Walking Boston To NYC For NBA Finals Tix? Yep

Would you walk alone from Boston to New York City in less than a week to score second row seats at midcourt to three NBA Finals games in Boston?

Tyler McGill Walking From Boston To New York City For NBA Finals Tickets

(Coming up next on Bear Grylls‘ Worst Case Scenario … )

Charles McMahon of Seacoastonline.com reports on a bizarre bet between friends that resulted in Rye, New Hampshire, resident Tyler McGill doing just that.

Seated in a booth with friends at a local sushi restaurant, the 27-year-old has been offered a challenge by his old college pals to see one of the greatest sports rivalries in person.

The bet: Walk all the way from TD Garden in Boston to New York City within a week.

The payoff: Three tickets — worth thousands of dollars — on the parquet floor in the second row at midcourt for Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, 5.

“Basically, two of my buddies got three seats to all of the Celtics home games in the finals,” said McGill via cell phone on Wednesday. “All I had to do was ask, ‘What would it take to get me all of those tickets?”

“They said, ‘Walk from the Garden to New York City and we’ll get you to all the games.”

After a false start when lack of preparation was met by heavy rain eight miles into the journey from Boston, McGill is now at around the halfway mark of his trek.

“I can’t believe I’m doing this. I hate walking. I’m basically walking a marathon and a 10K everyday.”

The walk averages out to about 32 miles per day, but McGill’s friends won’t be with him to check up on the legitimacy of his trek. Read more…

Sager Finally Clowns Someone Else: Stoudemire

After Lamar Odom scored 19 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the Lakers’ Game 1 Western Conference Finals win over the Suns 128-107 Monday, Amare Stoudemire said of Odom’s performance, “He had a lucky game in Game 1.”

Wednesday’s Game 2 saw Odom  score 17 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Lakers won 124-112 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. After the game, circus-suited Craig Sager cornered Stoudemire about his earlier, unfortunate choice of words.
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Craig Sager’s Son Is Starting To Scare Us A Bit

It’s postseason baseball on TBS these days, which means we get to enjoy yet another season of Craig Sager wandering around on our television in his eye-scalding multi-colored horrorcoats, asking athletes and coaches tough questions like “How’s that going out there?” or “Is this game important to you?” But there’s something you probably didn’t know about him: he has a son - also named Craig - on the Georgia football team. As in the SEC. And Spawn of Sager is a little unsettling.

Craig Sager Junior Hulked Out
(SAGER SMASH!)

You’re probably wondering why you hadn’t heard of a Craig Sager on such a high-profile program like the Georgia Bulldogs. The SEC was made for celebrities, after all! Turns out, he’s a walk-on and on Georgia’s scout team. He, um… he may not have been very highly recruited, as it turns out.

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Shaq Juking And Jiving With The Jabberwockeez

• Nothing sums up the NBA All-Star Weekend like the Shaqawockeez.

Shaquille ONeal Shaqawockeez

• Of course, there were other wondrous sights to be seen in Phoenix, such as Snoop Dogg, Japanese reporters, and mascots abducting children.

• The bad economy is even putting the squeeze on Little League Baseball.

Mike Tomlin was quite the wideout for William & Mary.

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SbB Clever Caption Contest: Kobe, Shaq & Sager

Hey readers! It’s time for another enthralling SbB Clever Caption Contest!

Today, we bare witness to a true All-Star moment, as the ever-fashionable Craig Sager chats it up with Sunday night’s co-MVPs Kobe & Shaq.

Kobe Shaq Craig Sager

What fun stories, anecdotes & legal advice could this happy-go-lucky trio be sharing? Submit your suggestions into the comments section linked below. Winner will be announced in the end-of-the-day recap.

Good luck & good writing!

Speed Read: Yeah, That Really Just Happened

If the Boston Red Sox were a TV show, they would have been canceled long ago, because everyone would agree that the plot twists have just gotten to zany, too unrealistic, too unbelievable. Basically, they would be the second season of Lost or Heroes (or for you uber-nerds, the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Boston Red Sox

I mean, you expect me to believe that they came back from seven runs down with seven outs remaining in their season? Please. Next thing you’ll tell me the Smoke Monster is David Ortiz.

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Dan Wheeler

But, here it is Friday morning, and I’ll be damned if we aren’t going to have some baseball played this weekend. Rarely has a team taking a 3-2 lead back home for the final two games of a series looked so beaten.  But that’s what happens when you’re the Tampa Bay Rays and you blow a 7-0 lead and a chance to close out the series.

It’s like they had been under hypnosis since Game 2 and had told that they were the Murder’s Row Yankees. Then suddenly someone snapped their fingers in the seventh inning and woke them up, causing them to realize that they were, in fact, the Tampa Bay Rays, and what the hell are they doing seven outs from the World Series?

Now…if you had told Rays manager Joe Maddon before the start of the series that they be up 3-2, needing to win one of two games at home to go to the World Series, I’m sure he would have taken that offer. But watching Craig Sager conduct the interviews/postmortems  in the Rays’ locker room after the game, I have no reason to believe that Tampa Bay has any chance. They looked so shell shocked, it’s going to be a victory just getting on their uniforms on Saturday without putting their jerseys on backwards.

Here’s some other interesting stories from the sports world last night. You’ll excuse me while I try to talk the Fox network executives off of the ledge and convince them it’s safe to come back inside now:

Oregon Duck cheerleaders

How will the ALCS finish out?

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Blog Jam: Craig Sager Talks Travels w/Ted Turner

• MOUTHPIECE SPORTS sits down with Craig Sager, and the fashionable sideline reporter shares a fun story about Ted Turner changing planes ’cause he was Fonda Jane.

Craig Sager and the ladies of SbB

• RANDBALL hears the editor-in-chief of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES’ saying that Jay Mariotti will be missed - but “not personally, of course“.

• BUGS & CRANKS learns that Kenny Rogers is no fan of instant replay in baseball, and the perturbed pitcher blames A-Rod for it’s introduction.

• THE SLANCH REPORT wishes PEOPLE magazine would have chosen a better photo to announce Misty May-Treanor’s appearance on this season’s “Dancing With The Stars“.

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