Talkin' Sports: A B.S.-er's Guide

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Why should politicians get to do all the lying? Yes, sports fans can spin, especially with a little help from Pat O'Brien, a guy who can convincingly expound on any game, even if he doesn't know the rules. It's not that O'Brien isn't up to speed--he's a veritable encyclopedia of sports lore--it's just that even he gets cornered sometimes and needs to get out fast.
        What if a fan asks about that big trade between the Maple Leafs and the Canucks? Instead of saying "Huh?" you can sound erudite: "You know, the great thing about hockey is that it's always changing." What do you do when the office smart aleck starts blathering about that Monday Night Football game you couldn't bear to watch? Blindside him: "That was nothing compared to the fourth-quarter drive the Jets ran in 1967 against Oakland--remember?"
        Hilarious, irreverent, and packed with downright useful ammunition for picking up a date or picking a fight--and perfect for anyone who wants to shoot it like one of the pros--Talkin' Sports is for every sports fan who wants to win the battle of the bull.

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Finally, a book for those who think that a pitcher's ERA refers to his stand on the Equal Rights Amendment. The next time talk in the office turns to March Madness or the Fall Classic, thanks to veteran sports writer Pat O'Brien and his guide for the not-so-sports-literate, you'll know which sport your colleagues are talking about. According to the author, your friends will be entirely convinced you know your stuff as long as you say something about a team's "returning starters," and you'll earn instant respect by muttering statements like "I wouldn't want to face Coach K in the sweet sixteen...." This silly, irreverent book is packed with arguably useful sports information that will allow you to save face when the so-called sports experts start piping up, and it's ideal for the nonfan who couldn't care less about sports but refuses to admit it--at least in public! --Lance Judd

About the Author:

Pat O'Brien is the cohost of the entertainment news show Access Hollywood. He has been a commentator in the world of sports for seventeen years and has hosted such events as the Winter Olympics, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the NCAA Final Four tournament, the U.S. Open tennis tournament, and the World Series, as well as NBA and Major League Baseball All-Star games. O'Brien can be heard daily on the CBS Radio Network. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son, but his heart will always be in South Dakota.

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