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Brent Musburger arrives in Lexington for NCAA Final Four, 1985

Posted on January 26, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by
Sportscaster Brent Musburger, center, waits for his luggage March 27, 1985 after arriving at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport for the NCAA Final Four at Rupp Arena. The lead voice for CBS Sports was greeted by NCAA hospitality volunteers as soon as he stepped off the plane, thrusting a tray of brightly wrapped candies towards him. "Welcome to God's country. Have a bourbon ball," Pat Shropshire, the head of the airport hospitality committee urged in her best welcome-to-Lexington voice. No sooner had Musburger sidestepped the sweets than an eager army of volunteers surrounded him, dispensing NCAA buttons, patches and directions. He was among the first large group of tournament visitors to arrive in Lexington. Other passengers on Musburger's flight got the same treatment, and many appeared bewildered by the hearty hellos. Five days later, Musburger did play-by-play while Billy Backer provided color commentary on Villanova's historic NCAA championship upset over heavily-favored Georgetown. Photo by Christy Porter | staff

Sportscaster Brent Musburger, center, waited for his luggage on March 27, 1985, after arriving at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport for the NCAA Final Four at Rupp Arena. The lead voice for CBS Sports was greeted by NCAA hospitality volunteers as soon as he stepped off the plane, thrusting a tray of brightly wrapped candies towards him. “Welcome to God’s country. Have a bourbon ball,” Pat Shropshire, the head of the airport hospitality committee, urged in her best welcome-to-Lexington voice. No sooner had Musburger sidestepped the sweets than an eager army of volunteers surrounded him, dispensing NCAA buttons, patches and directions. He was among the first of a large group of tournament visitors to arrive in Lexington. Other passengers on Musburger’s flight got the same treatment, and many appeared bewildered by the hearty hellos. Five days later, Musburger did play-by-play while Billy Backer provided color commentary on Villanova’s historic NCAA championship upset over heavily favored Georgetown. Musburger announced Wednesday, Jan. 25, that he is retiring from sportscasting. Photo by Christy Porter | Staff

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