“The beauty about sports is there’s never a dull moment.”
A member at TPC Piper Glen, Charlotte, N.C., since 2014
BY ALEX ETHRIDGE / PHOTO BY BOB LEVERONE — Spring 2016
Who he is: Studio anchor for the ESPN-owned SEC Network, a cable TV sports-news channel covering the 14 universities that make up the powerhouse Southeastern Conference.
Big break: In 2003, after he won a contest to be a sports talk-radio host for a day, he quit his job in the oil and gas industry to chase his dream of making a living talking sports.
Die-hard fans: “SEC fans are crazy — in a good way. They can tell you the history of their team ever since they were born, so I have to know all the nooks and crannies to be taken seriously.”
Sweet gig: “I get to hang out with the guys I watched play basketball, baseball, and football growing up — my idols — and watch games with them and talk sports.”
Radio, too: In February, he and fellow network personality Anthony “Booger” McFarland scored a weekly show on ESPN Radio called Booger and Burns, covering everything from the NBA and NFL to The Bachelor.