Is it us, or does Pat Summerall look a little like Young Elvis in this old picture?

Summerall in Mesquite

Yeah, it's like saying, "Sinatra in Midlothian." But, shr'nuff, one of our best peeps will spend this Friday in one of our, fine, so-so places when legendary sportscaster Pat Summerall serves as keynote speaker for the annual Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. Summerall, who recently rekindled his legendary career by calling the Cotton Bowl for Fox, has called The Masters, countless Super Bowls and now he plays the grand cathedral known as the Mesquite Convention Center on Rodeo Drive, adjacent to the Mesquite Championship Rodeo at IH-635 and Military Parkway.

Actually, it's quite a coup for the MCC, and the beauty of Summerall is that despite his Hall of Fame cred, he never got too big for his sports britches.

"We're fortunate to get Pat as our speaker," says chamber board chairman Mark Miller, producing the early clubhouse leader for 2007's Understatement of the Year. "He brings his unique insight in the world of professional sports, particularly the NFL." For ticket reservations, try the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce at 972-285-0211 or visit what has to be the planet's worst Chamber of Commerce Web site. --Richie Whitt

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