Utah Jazz notebook: For broadcaster Craig Bolerjack, this was a weekend to remember
SALT LAKE CITY — Shortly after he arrived at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday night, Craig Bolerjack was greeted with a smile and a question by one of his co-workers.
"Do you need a Red Bull?"
It was asked only partly tongue-in-cheek.
Even though it was just 5:30 p.m., extra energy would have been nice for the popular broadcaster at the time, considering his weekend workload.
But what Bolerjack really needs about now — after logging what amounted to a broadcasting tripleheader — is a good, long nap.
The TV voice of the Jazz was on the call for three Utah sporting events in a 24-hour period. He sandwiched a little Saturday afternoon football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on CBS-C between Friday's late Jazz game in Oakland and Saturday night's home contest versus the Clippers.
Bolerjack's busy day included more than eight hours of calling games, an hour-and-a-half flight from Northern California, an hour or so of drives to and from airports and sporting venues, but not nearly enough sleep.
As an added bonus, it was capped by a couple of five-minute overtimes in the Jazz's 109-107 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Which explains why a smiling-but-nonjoking Bolerjack said, "(Today), I'll just do nothing but watch NFL and lay around."
Bolerjack couldn't refuse the opportunity when it came up.
"CBS called," he explained, "and said, 'Hey, right in your own backyard might be one of the best college football games of the year. Do you want it?' And I said, 'Oh my gosh, yes!' "
Knowing he didn't want to give up the Jazz calls, he then asked his other boss, Mrs. Bolerjack, if she thought it was possible to do the back-to-back-to-back broadcasts.
Her response: "I know you want to do it, so go do it."
And "go" was the operative word for Saturday. He arrived with the team charter at Salt Lake International Airport at about 2 a.m., hit the hay about a half hour later, woke up in time to get to the U. by 10:15 a.m. and then made it back to ESA after 5 p.m. for his nightly Jazz duties.
This week might even be more difficult for Bolerjack. He'll be with the Jazz for games in Miami and Orlando on Tuesday and Wednesday, but he'll head to Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday instead of flying to Atlanta with the team. Bolerjack will then do prep work for his Saturday football assignment on the Tennessee-Ole Miss game, and he'll rejoin the Jazz on Friday in time for the Hawks' game.
Bolerjack will part ways with Utah to return to the Volunteer State for the pigskin game, and Steve Brown will call Saturday's Jazz game in Charlotte.
If you think that sounds hard to keep up with, try helping him arrange his travel plans. Or keeping up with all the info and statistics from all of the players he will have talked about.
"It'll be a whirlwind two weeks," Bolerjack said, "but it's fun."
UNPERFECT 10: C.J. Miles missed his first 10 shots Saturday night — his first 10 official shots, that is. The Jazz's small forward hit a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter that gave Utah a temporary seven-point lead.
The trey was taken away, however, on the next dead ball when the referees reviewed the play on video replay and determined Miles did not get the shot off before the 24-second clock expired.
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