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Death March Madness
John Walters
April 10, 2000
No Basketball commentator—perhaps not even any presidential candidate—was more peripatetic last month than Bill Raftery. Working Nets games for Fox Sports New York and NCAA games for CBS and ESPN, Raftery, the 56-year-old erstwhile Seton Hall coach, called 26 games, including five college tournament finals. Among northern New Jersey celebrities, only Tony Soprano spent less time in his own bed. Last week, while dropping off his laundry at home, indefatiga-Bill reviewed his schedule for SI View:
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April 10, 2000

Death March Madness

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No Basketball commentator—perhaps not even any presidential candidate—was more peripatetic last month than Bill Raftery. Working Nets games for Fox Sports New York and NCAA games for CBS and ESPN, Raftery, the 56-year-old erstwhile Seton Hall coach, called 26 games, including five college tournament finals. Among northern New Jersey celebrities, only Tony Soprano spent less time in his own bed. Last week, while dropping off his laundry at home, indefatiga-Bill reviewed his schedule for SI View:

March 1: Denver, for Nets versus Nuggets.

March 2: Dallas, for Nets versus Mavericks.

March 4: Houston, for Nets versus Rockets.

March 5: Miami, for St. John's versus Miami.

March 6: Albany, N.Y., for MAAC tournament final.

March 7: New York City. "Drove down from Albany to Manhattan for 8:30 a.m. CBS seminar on NCAA tournament."

March 8: New York City, for afternoon opening round of Big East tournament. "Then I took the Lincoln Tunnel out to the Meadowlands to do the Trail Blazers at the Nets."

March 9: New York City, for second round of Big East tournament.

March 11: Memphis, for Conference USA tournament final.

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