We ask 10 questions of CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz:
Q. You’ll be calling the Panthers-Broncos game with Phil Simms. You were born here and lived here until you were in your teens. Does it still feel like home when you come back to Charlotte?
It does. It is my hometown. A lot of family is still there.
When I get back to town there are a number of things I want to do, almost like checkpoints of my life. I go through Mt. Holly where my dad grew up. We lost him in 2008 and I’ll stop by the cemetery. I’ll go by the cemetery on Sharon Road where my grandparents are.
I’ll go by our home on Dooley Drive and our home on Turnbridge Lane. I guess I’m sentimental.
Q. When you drive past one of the houses you lived in here, are you tempted to knock on the door?
I’ve never quite mustered the courage to knock on the door and say, “I lived here.”
Q. Didn’t you do that at the Colts Neck, N.J., house where you lived in high school?
I did it a couple of years ago. I knocked on the door and the homeowner was a sports fan. He said, “I heard you used to live here. Come on in and look around.”
He took me to the basement where I waited for my dad to get home after work and we would have these great games of ping pong and pool. As I walked down those stairs, I instantly recognized the pool table of my youth.
Q. What was that like?
There had been several owners of the house but the table had stayed and the guy says, “If you ever want this pool table, it really belongs to you. All you have to do is call me and it’s yours.”
Q. Is it true you live at Pebble Beach Golf Links?
I moved to Pebble Beach full time this year. I’m looking at the seventh green right now. It’s all beautiful. We got married June 9 and we moved in that very night.
Q. You got married in June on the famous seventh hole there. Why did you pick that spot?
In the book I wrote, “Always By My Side,” I wrote a couple of pages about how the seventh hole was such a spiritual setting to me and I always felt my father’s presence there. Every day during the years we covered the Pebble Beach golf tournament, I would march out there before the sun was up and sit on the rail fence there in prayerful introspection and think about all the blessings in my life.
Q. So how much golf do you play living there?
I’ve played twice since I moved here. I practice a lot.
Q. Next year for the third time, you will call the Super Bowl, the Final Four and the Masters for CBS. Is that as great as it sounds?
I’ve been through that stretch a couple of times. It was the backdrop to my book about my dad. I’m very grateful for the opportunity. I’ve checked my birth certificate. There’s nothing on it that says I get to do this.
Q. It’s football season but is calling a golf tournament ever far away from your mind?
I’ve spent the last two days in a studio in Carmel (Cal.) recording lines for the next rendition of EA Sports Tiger Woods video game and Augusta is part of it.
Q. How often do people see you and say, “Hello friends?”
I get that all the time.
The first time I said it on the air I did it to get my father’s attention. He was fading with Alzheimer’s and I thought it was a way to send a signal over the air.