The Golden State Warriors took a moment during Thursday’s thrilling game against the Houston Rockets to honor longtime Bay Area sports writer, and current Examiner columnist, Art Spander.
Spander is being inducted into the 2016 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame class.
From a story after it was announced Spander would be added to the Hall of Fame that includes Gary Beban, Jim Plunkett and Mel Anthony, among others.
A native Angeleno and former UCLA Bruin, Spander earned the nod for attending 63 consecutive Rose Bowl Games — 53 of which he covered during his long and impressive career. He’ll be recognized at halftime of the monumental Jan. 1 bowl game in 2017.
Doing their part, the Dubs paid homage to Spander during a break in the second half of the game:
To maintain the element of surprise, Warriors PR mastermind, Raymond Ridder, momentarily misled Spander to get him back into his seat on press row so he could see the video played on the jumbotron shortly after halftime.