Verne, Raf, Doc in Class by Themselves

By John Cirillo

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It is with great joy and equal reverence to report in on three all-time greats and personal favorites who are tied at the hip in different ways receiving well-deserved Sports Emmy Awards last night.

CBS Sports legend Verne Lundquist brought home the Lifetime Achievement award; iconic college basketball analyst Bill Raftery was triumphant as “Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst” for his work on CBS Sports and FOX Sports; and Mike “Doc” Emrick captured the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality-Play-By-Play for his artistry as play-by-play announcer for NBC’s NHL coverage.

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Verne receives Scully Award from partner Raf

Intertwined indeed! Verne and Raf have been long-time partners on CBS Sports college basketball coverage, making it an art form. The duo were honored simultaneously by Fairfield University with the Stags Leader of the Herd Award for lifetime achievement and long and meritorious service in 2014 on what was a night for the ages.

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Fairfield president Fr. Jeff von Arx presents Raf and Verne with Leader of the Herd Awards

Lundquist and Doc Emrick became forever intertwined when they received WFUV Radio’s prestigious Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting in back to back years in 2014 and ’15. Of course, Raftery presented Verne with the hardware on that occasion.

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WFUV Radio sports broadcast team with the good Doctor

Last but not least, the triumvirate comprises one of the finest group of human beings to ever be behind the microphone, and for that matter to ever set foot on the planet earth.

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Doc with WFUV alum the iconic CBS newsman Charles Osgood (center) and Imus in the Morning standout Connell McShane (right)

Heartiest congratulations Verne, Raf and Doc, we’re fortunate indeed to rub shoulders with you on our travels around the sports media circles.  You’re in one class: FIRST CLASS!

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Raf and Verne with Fairfield ensemble – distinguished alum Bob Berchem and head men’s basketball coach Sydney Johnson

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Getting a keeper photo with  Verne and Raf are: L to R: ESPN’s John Martin, Spero Dedes, Tracy Wolfson and Craig Silver of CBS Sports, and yours truly. Spero and Johnx2 are WFUV alum

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WFUV student standout Matt Moro, executive  producer Bob Ahrens with Doc and bride Joyce

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