We all know and love Craig Sager. And even if his name doesn’t jump off the paper at you, you probably know him as the sideline reporter who can be seen giving A+ interviews while wearing the loudest suits known to man, only rivaled by CBC’s Don Cherry. He’s also been in the forefront lately due to his bout with leukemia, which returned in March and has tragically given him a timeline of just 3-6 months to live without treatment. But unsurprisingly, amazing stories and tributes have been emerging about Sager, one of which is is pretty unbelievable.
Sager was golfing with Fox Sports Sun’s Jason Jackson in 2013 during a NBA Playoff series in Milwaukee, as Jackson told The Palm Beach Post. And it sounds like Sager got after it.
“I don’t think he’ll be mad at me because this is awesome…During the Milwaukee series in 2013 we went and played golf north of Milwaukee, and one of his buddies from growing up came up from Chicago. It was them, myself and Telly Hughes, the courtside reporter for the Bucks.
“It was one of those days where it was windy and 60 degrees and you could’ve just called it off, especially after living in South Florida — ‘Nah, this is a bad one. Let’s back off.’ And Craig was wearing shorts on this blustery, why-are-we-out-here day.
“Anyway, Craig Sager drank 26 Bud Lights in 18 holes and did not miss a putt. He two-putted maybe six greens, and everything else was in. We lost $70 each. It infuriated me. I don’t mind having a beverage after a round, right? But he kept having beers and I kept losing, and I thought, ‘I know this dude. This is a Midwestern man who has utter control of his constitution.’ There was no way.
“That was the day we really connected on a whole other level. When you play golf, you spend so much time out there and there are a lot of conversations. I’ll never forget that day. Ever.”
Now, I’ve gone on record saying that there’s a sweet spot when drinking beers on the course, but I usually come into my own after about three — not twenty-six. I’ve tried doing a two-beer-per-hole average during a notably rowdy round, only to fail a couple holes in when I could barely see straight and the cart girl had the look in her eye that she wanted to cut us all off.
You’d think this would be an isolated incident considering how unreal the story actually is, but Sager’s son, Craig Sager II, alluded to the fact that it’s definitely more than once.
Once? 😆 https://t.co/t21rdyu3PN
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 8, 2016
God bless that man. .
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