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Craig Sager once drank 26 beers during one round of golf?

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One of Craig Sager’s longtime pals claims that the “NBA on TNT” reporter once pounded 26 beers over the course of 18 holes … and putted sublimely all the way.

FOX Sports Sun’s Jason Jackson was asked to recall his favorite story about Sager, and it involved the aforementioned impressive display of beer-drinking, an unforgettable event that occurred during the Milwaukee Bucks-Miami Heat playoff series in 2013.

Jackson’s story in part, as relayed to the Palm Beach Post’s Jason Lieser:

“It was one of those days where it was windy and 60 degrees and you could’ve just called it off, especially after living in South Florida — ‘Nah, this is a bad one. Let’s back off.’ And Craig was wearing shorts on this blustery, why-are-we-out-here day.

“Anyway, Craig Sager drank 26 Bud Lights in 18 holes and did not miss a putt. He two-putted maybe six greens, and everything else was in. We lost $70 each. It infuriated me. I don’t mind having a beverage after a round, right? But he kept having beers and I kept losing, and I thought, ‘I know this dude. This is a Midwestern man who has utter control of his constitution.’ There was no way.

“That was the day we really connected on a whole other level. When you play golf, you spend so much time out there and there are a lot of conversations. I’ll never forget that day. Ever.”

As The Big Lead points out, we would need confirmation from Sager himself to corroborate Jackson’s epic tale. The purported events of that 2013 spring day does land about the same time, though, as photos surfaced of Sager passed out in a Milwaukee hotel lobby. So there’s definitely a chance.

Sager of course announced recently that his acute myeloid lymphoma is no longer in remission and has been on the receiving end of countless accolades, tributes and words of support and encouragement from all corners of the sports world. To say the guy is a beloved member of the sports community would be a tremendous understatement.