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Verne Lundquist to receive Lifetime Achivement Emmy Award

Head coach Phil Martelli of the Saint Joseph's

Head coach Phil Martelli of the Saint Joseph's Hawks is interviewed by Verne Lundquist of CBS after defeating VCU in the championship game of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 16, 2014 in the Brooklyn. Credit: Getty Images

CBS’ Verne Lundquist will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 37th annual Sports Emmy Awards in May.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the award on Thursday.

The news widely was hailed because, well, he’s Verne Lundquist, a hugely popular figure in the sports media business. And the news came with a nice little added timing wrinkle:

It arrived two days after the 20th anniversary of the release of “Happy Gilmore,” the Adam Sandler golf spoof in which Lundquist plays himself – and which has played a big role in maintaining the now-75-year-old’s coolness quotient among younger generations of sports fans ever since.

So, to quote Lundquist from the film, expect quite a large and economically diverse crowd at Lincoln Center when he picks up his Emmy on May 10.


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