A SIDEWAYS GLANCE : HE`S THE SEINFELD OF SPORTS TALK.Byline: Tom Hoffarth
As captivating cap·ti·vate
tr.v. cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing, cap·ti·vates
1. To attract and hold by charm, beauty, or excellence. See Synonyms at charm.
2. Archaic To capture. as CBS' coverage of the NCAA NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament has been this month, there's no getting around the fact that it has missed a certain Hollywood flair without our neighbor Pat O'Brien in the studio-host chair.
Greg Gumbel Greg Gumbel (born May 3, 1946) is an American television sportscaster. He is best known for his various assignments on the CBS network (most notably, the National Football League and NCAA basketball). might know the nuts and bolts nuts and bolts
The basic working components or practical aspects: "[proposing] . But O'Brien knows when to wax and polish.
A book he wrote due out next week admits as much. ``Talkin' Sports: A B.S.-er's Guide'' (Villard, 236 pgs., $10) is O'Brien's way of telling everyone you can shoot the bull with any member of the Chicago Bulls The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. They play in the National Basketball Association. The team was founded in 1966, and has won six NBA Championships since. if you just know enough to make them think you're a) knowledgeable, b) interested, and c) can do something for them in return. Call it a self-help guide for the chronically sports-deficient enthusiast.
O'Brien's message in the introduction is straightforward: ``Take the time you don't have anyway to fill up your mind with meaningless facts and figures. It won't improve your life, but it'll make people think you're smarter than you are . . . and hey, what's wrong with that?''
After all, Seinfeld made a living off nothing for nine years. O'Brien has done it longer.
The South Dakota-bred O'Brien all but admits he's pulled off this innocent scam (SCSI Configured AutoMatically) A subset of Plug and Play that allows SCSI IDs to be changed by software rather than by flipping switches or changing jumpers. Both the SCSI host adapter and peripheral must support SCAM. See SCSI. as one of many L.A.-based sportscasters who can talk a good game when his paycheck depends on it.
We know feel-good O'Brien knows something about sports. He's just managed to avoid the Ahmad Rashad trappings and make it work for him. Give him credit for that.
And pat Pat on the head for even coming forth with this self-revealing piece of info (page 27): ``Many announcers have toupees. Many don't and should. . . . And many, maybe including me, have through the years tried various colors.''
In this flimsy paperback, O'Brien seems to show his true color (1) Specifically, refers to 16,777,216 colors (24-bit color). See high color.
(2) Generically, refers to photo-realistic color (typically requires 24-bit color as a minimum). . He can be a professional B.S.-er when he needs to be. And there's no B.S.-ing a B.S.-er.