Field sport & friendship

Among the many outdoor acquaintances I've made along the way, Bear Bryant's and Bobby Knight's hold special meaning.

Updated: September 25, 2001, 9:22 PM ET
By Curt Gowdy | Co-host of ESPN2's
CITGO In Search of Flywater

Every day I am recognized — on the streets of cities and small towns, in airports, restaurants and shops. Wherever I go strangers approach, asking for my autograph, and while I sign they recall a television event of which I was a part. Seldom, however, is that event one of the thousands of baseball, football and basketball games I called over four decades on national television.

Nor do they usually remind me of one of the many dramatic events from the winter and summer Olympic games ...

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Field sport & friendship