Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

That's Show Biz

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

That's Show Biz

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EPSN's "tag-team partners," Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, will be best-remembered for their witty exchanges and mumerous catchy phrases. Here are a few of their favorites, with explanations, taken from their book "The Big Show."

Big Show: "Keith started calling (`SportsCenter') `The Big Show' within a week or two of joining Dan in 1992. Interestingly, this had a very off-putting effect on some of our colleagues who thought we were implying that the (10 p.m.) show was `Big' and the other episodes of SportsCenter weren't. In fact, we were just comparing the hour we put on to the half-hour that CNN Sports put on."

En Fuego: "Used any time, any sport, but most typically during NBA highlights. This is actually a twice-revised version of one of the oldest sports cliches, namely that a player is `on fire.' "Dan simply got tired of hearing it, tired of saying it, and was complaining about this during a commercial break when one of the cameramen offhandedly suggested maybe he should do it in Spanish. "So, Dan modified it to, for instance, `Detlef Schrempf is absolutely El Fuego. A high school Spanish teacher from Pennsylvania wrote in not long after noting that Dan wasn't saying Detlef Schrempf is `on fire' but that Detlef Schrempf is `the fire,' and offered the corrected version." Get a roll of stamps and mail it in: "An insult. Usually implies a lackluster effort on the part of a player of team. . . . To be fair, before and/or during a show Keith has often said to Dan or producer Mike McQuade, `Get me a roll of stamps.' " Good (Goot): "Nothing complicated, no funny voices required. Dan heard it once on a Georgia Tech basketball game broadcast by a fellow named Al Ceraldo. As near to perfection as possible." He beat him like a rented goalie: "The phrase used to describe a goal after the biscuit (in the basket) phrase has been used too many times. "A simple parodying of the colorful, sometimes bizarre radio announcer of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Lange, whose goal-scoring call is, `He beat him like a rented mule,' which may in turn be borrowed from comedian Jeff Altman. …

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