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    He had a bad cold and his voice, what was left of it, was croaky and raw. This was his fourth NCAA basketball tournament game in two days, and Dick Enberg didn’t think he could finish it. That had never happened before, but it was happening now.So, during a commercial break, Enberg turned to his broadcast partner Al McGuire and asked the former Marquette coach, who had never done play-by-play, to take over.
    Shaking his head, McGuire said, “Dicksie, if you’re goin’, I’m goin’.”
    So, of course, Enberg carried on, whispering his way to the finish in true the-show-must-go-on fashion.
    Enberg, who got into the broadcast business accidentally and stayed in it to supplement his teacher’s salary, died Thursday morning at his La Jolla home, his wife, Barbara, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
    He was 82.
    Barbara Enberg said the family found out later in the day when Dick Enberg failed to get off a flight in Boston, where they were scheduled to meet. She said her husband had appeared to be waiting for a car that was set to shuttle him to the San Diego airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight.
    “He was dressed with his bags packed at the door,” she said. “We think it was a heart attack.”

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mor...qa2?li=BBnb7Kz
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  • #2
    Oh my!

    I saw this when I first turned on the TV this morning. Sure hated to this. He was always one of my favorites. He did lots of different sports. From college basketball to NFL to the Olympics. He rose to be the top PBP announcer for NBC for many years. In the last few years he had done San Diego Padres baseball. He had retired for good after the 2016 season. He had been doing some podcasts interviewing many different people he knew during his lifes work of broadcasting. I got a tweet from him probably the day before his death about an interview that was now available. RIP, Dick Enberg you gave me lots of enjoyable times while watching sporting events.
    Kentucky fan since 1971.

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    • #3
      Sad news. Big Enberg fan. He called a wide variety of sports. I particularly enjoyed he and Bob Trumpy calling NFL games.
      No man is a failure who has friends

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Blue Heaven View Post
        Sad news. Big Enberg fan. He called a wide variety of sports. I particularly enjoyed he and Bob Trumpy calling NFL games.
        If I'm not mistaken, he teamed up with Merlin Olsen as well.
        Say what you mean and mean what you say.

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        Sportscaster Dick Enberg found dead at home at age 82

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