This school year marks the 50th that Bruce Sayler has been roaming the sidelines and sitting at the press table covering high school and college sports.

Most of those years have come in the Mining City, where he has been one of the best — if not the very best — sportswriters this state has ever seen. 

Since 1978, Bruce has been there to tell us about the great sporting events in Butte. He covered most of Butte High’s state championship teams during the Jim Street years. He also covered the 1991 state champion Butte High football team and the Montana Tech football team that advanced to the 1996 NAIA national championships.

The “Big Boss” is currently a contributor to, and he has been a Heisman Trophy voter for more than 20 years.

Tonight marks the 20th anniversary of a very scary accident that Bruce suffered after having a heart attack on his way home from work. Thankfully, Bruce survived to see his grandchildren Nos. 2 through 16 come into the world.

Click here to listen in as Bruce discusses that accident and the aftermath. Listen as he talks about some of the big events that he covered as a sportswriter in Butte. Listen to how he now spends his days with his grandchildren.

One small correction to the podcast is that the accident happened on is daughter Emilie’s 17th birthday. Happy birthday Em.