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The Incomparable Bill Raftery

Raftery.photoArlington, Tex. — When I think of college basketball, I think of Bill Raftery, the excitable CBS analyst whose voice has brought the NCAA tournament to life for more than 20 seasons.

During a TV timeout late Saturday night, I tapped him on the shoulder as I walked by press row, hoping to tell him how much I appreciate his work.

“We’re on the air,” he whispered, smiling.

I looked down in his hand, where he was holding a laminated page of notes.

His smooth, entertaining delivery is what most people love about him. But notes like these help put him in a different class.

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