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The Big Show

The Big Show

Inside ESPN's Sportscenter

From World Sports Headquarters in historic Bristol, Connecticut, comes the book that's more colorful than Dennis Rodman's hair. Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick, the former tag-team partners of ESPN's award winning SportsCenter, mark for the ages their most unforgettable moments, which have transformed the art of sports broadcasting -- bringing what People magazine calls their "Letterman-like loopiness and Koppelesque smarts" to the printed page in THE BIG SHOW
Less expensive (and easier to read) than a big-leaguer's autograph, The Big Show gives you the honest, horrifying, yet always entertaining story of two men, three cameras, and highlights run amok, including:
  • How Keith and Dan made The Big Show run slicker than Pat Riley's hair
  • The origins of Dan and Keith's patented phrases
  • Keith and Dan's on-air flubs -- errors that made Bill Buckner's blunder seem minor
  • Dan and Keith's pantheon of all-time greatest athletes (Okay, who picked Coach Reeves from The White Shadow?)
  • And so much more we couldn't -- and wouldn't dare -- mention here!
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780671009199 | 
  • April 1998
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Chapter 1
Hi, hello, and how are you?


Warm greetings and welcome to the Big Show book. Alongside my tag team partner Keith 0lbermann, I'm merely Dan Patrick.

You're right about that "merely" part -- and right at the outset here I think we should mention, Dan, that it's an amazing coincidence that you and I speak in different type styles.

Stop it. Just stop it. We have a very important question we have to answer right away. People kept asking us, "Dan and Keith, barometers of the sports world you may be. Stars of television and radio, sure. But what are you doing writing a book? What exactly is the Big Show... see more

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