Longtime NBA sideline reporter for TNT and former Delta Tau Delta brother, Craig Sager, was recently given 3-6 months to live by doctors after the leukemia he’s been battling for the last two years returned from remission towards the end of March. With the heartbreaking news, his peers have expectedly shared incredible personal account after incredible personal account about one of the flashiest characters and wardrobes in all of sports. This one story from Fox Sports Sun’s Jason Jackson is particularly eye catching because it’s not a remarkable feat that Sager accomplished during his years at the Northwestern Delt house, but something he pulled off just three years ago in his sixties.
From The Palm Beach Post:
“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.”
I’ve done the standard beer-a-hole for a few notorious college outings, and the wheels typically fall off around 13. Guys start hitting into their buddies, those balls are then thrown into water hazards, some maniac shits in a cup and sticks the flag back in. You have to keep your head on a swivel as it becomes less about your golf game going south and more about surviving a Ukrainian-esque war zone.
It goes a lot like this:
Meanwhile, Sager is over here 26 brews deep still sinking putts and hustling his group on the greens. This is apparently not a one time deal, either.
Once? 😆 https://t.co/t21rdyu3PN
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 8, 2016
You’re a legend and much better man than I can ever hope to be, Sages..
[via The Palm Beach Post]
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