Jim Williams: Nantz going from March Madness to magic of the Masters

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There might not be two more distinctly different sporting events than March Madness and the Masters. But both make this one of the best times of the year to be a sports fan.

No broadcaster has announced more NCAA men's basketball championships than CBS lead play-by-play man Jim Nantz. And he'll be on the telecast once again for Monday night's national championship game. Then, 24 hours after signing off from the official end of March Madness, he'll be in Augusta, Ga., where he will serve as the network's lead golf announcer at the Master.

Nantz discussed his upcoming busy week.

What is this week like for you?

Nantz » "This is the best week of my year. Really to have the honor to broadcast the Final Four on Saturday, then to do the final on Monday night is amazing. After the broadcast, we head to the hotel to get a good night's sleep, and off we go to Augusta where we get ready for all the history that is the Masters. I am truly a very lucky man."

How do you jump from doing March Madness to the Masters?

Nantz » "Well, I asked the NCAA if they could push the championships back a week or two, but I have not heard back from them. No, all kidding aside, on Saturday you have the Final Four at the Superdome and it is electric. The fans, the bands, the atmosphere is the essence of college basketball. Monday night in the national championship game, and the game each year is the focal point of the college sports world. The sound in the building is very, very loud with the crowd cheering and the bands playing. It all builds up to a great game and watching the winning team cutting down the nets. Then you go to Augusta, where it is so very quiet and the pace is slower. You have the greatest golfers in the world, playing on a course that is a legend on its own. Leading up to a Sunday finish that more often than not closes with a great storyline and the Green Jacket presentation. Two totally wonderful, totally unique events that both in their own way captures the imagination of the entire country."

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Check out his blog, Watch this!

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