A CBS sports press release confirms what’s been rumored for weeks: longtime ESPN announcer Brad Nessler is coming to CBS, and after the 2016 season will replace the legendary Verne Lundquist as play-by-play man on “SEC on CBS” games.
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We’ll never hide our appreciation for CBS stalwart announcer Verne Lundquist, and he was at his best during this wild play during today’s Georgia-Vanderbilt game when Commodores punter Tommy Openshaw mishandled the snap and managed to rumble for a first down. “WHAT THE HECK!?”
Cincinnati's going to lose to Kentucky, but they'll always have the moment Troy Caupain played tip-drill after a Wildcats block and managed to find the basket. If you listen closely, you can hear the tears of joy trickle down a delighted Verne Lundquist's face.
Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch dropped his annual media awards column today, and there's plenty of good stuff in there for anyone who wants to take a look back at the best and worst of sports media from the last year. But nothing in the column is as delightful as Verne Lundquist's story about how he met his wife.
Uncle Verne was cagey about this one. He's seen a lot of sports history—more than 50 years of it—and he was understandably wary about trying to contextualize an amazing Alabama-Auburn game just two days later. But Newsday's Neil Best tried to pin him down: what's the greatest sporting event he's ever worked?
Poor, old Uncle Verne must feel like he's in Groundhog Day. On second-and-four, LSU ran a quick pitch to Jeremy Hill for a loss of two yards. LSU was also penalized for illegal formation. The penalty was declined, setting up a third-and-six. Once everything was settled, CBS showed a replay of the play and Lundquist…
We haven't heard a scream like that since Howard Dean was running for office. [CBS]
On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh Levin makes a simple, fair case for why cuddly Verne Lundquist, CBS's lead college football play-by-play announcer, ought to call it a career. Lundquist makes a lot of mistakes on air. Levin captures many of them here. Listen up:
If you're like me, you may have found the announcing during yesterday's SEC Championship Game to be....underwhelming. Here's a compilation of Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson's greatest moments of confusion, obfuscation and outright lies.
There may be something more disconcerting than Vern Lundquist dancing the Soulja Boy, but right now I can't think of what that might be ... [The Big Lead]
Like most of you, we enjoyed the dulcet tones of Bill Raftery during the tournament this past weekend, and we can't wait for more of the "with the KISS!" this coming Sweet 16 slate. But those of you who braved the NCAA Tournament On Demand saw even more of Raftery, catching him and partner Verne Lundquist in several…