“It was smooth. It was gentlemanly.”

I wouldn’t have expected any less from Uncle Verne.

… For the past few years during the Masters golf tournament Lundquist and McManus would take a ride in a golf cart, sit by the Par 3 course, and talk about the future.

“I had said to him a number of times, ‘hey, when you think you are ready just let me know,’” McManus said. “We talked about it (in 2015) kind of generically. I just said ‘at some point we’ve got to make this move but we are only going to do it if you are ready and you feel right.’”

At the same time, McManus was thinking about Lundquist’s successor. Internal candidates were considered and Nessler “was the guy we were going to go after from the outside (ESPN).”

Tastefully, too.


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9 responses to ““It was smooth. It was gentlemanly.”

  1. FarmerDawg

    Have always enjoyed Uncle Verne, even his gaffes are part of the show to me. PS Gary Danielson eats boogers.


  2. 3rdandGrantham

    After reading this, part of me was thinking, ‘well, he is 75 and all…its probably time for a change.’ But then I recalled watching my Dodgers vs. the Braves yesterday with 88 year old Vin Scully calling the action, and suddenly 75 seems quite young in comparison. Of course, baseball is an easier game to cover as a broadcaster than football, which certainly has a lot to do with it. Even so, Scully sounds as sharp now as he did 20 years ago — I don’t know how he does it.


  3. Russ

    I’ll miss Uncle Verne, but looking forward to Nessler.


  4. Scully IS THE BEST THERE EVER WAS AND EVER WILL BE! He’ll be sorely missed next year! Of course that’s just my opinion. He and Ron Franklin are two of my all time favorites.


    • 3rdandGrantham

      Yep — he’s perhaps the main reason why I became a Dodgers fan. I can listen to him for hours during an otherwise boring or meaningless game. Heck, even my 3 year old son seems to have taken a liking to him — the only time we can get him to sit still are when we put either the Dodgers or Thomas and Friends on. Go figure.


  5. Dawg Vegas

    The last time I was this good with an announcing change for a sport I care passionately about was when Scott Howard moved over when Larry Munson retired, and Eric Zeier got the analyst job over Buck Belue. Buck is a dgd, but I don’t care for his announcing too much.

    Oh, and I as sad as I am about Uncle Verne, like I was when Keith Jackson stepped down (and it was past time for him), I was equally relieved when Bob Davie got off the air


  6. Oooh Nellie! Man I have to watch the replay of the 1981 Sugar Bowl to hear Keith Jackson these days. He was probably the best ever.