Craig Sager was an NBA sideline reporter who wore louder than life suits and made the world fall in love with him. Unfortunately he lost his battle with Leukemia and passed away today at the age of 65.
Everyone who knew him has been telling stories of this beloved sportsman, including Fox Sports Sun’s Jason Jackson. Apparently Jackson played a round of golf with Sager and it did not end the way he thought it would.
“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.”
26 beers in 18 holes. What a legend. Rest in peace, man.