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Jan. 21, 2002
Jan. 21, 2002

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Jan. 21, 2002

Catching Up With...

TV Talk

With Fox airing the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, we checked in with the
amiable James Brown, 50, the host and traffic cop for Fox's NFL
Sunday.

This is an article from the Jan. 21, 2002 issue Original Layout

SI: You went to Harvard, correct?

Brown: Yes.

SI: That means you're the smartest guy on the set after Jimmy
Kimmel?

Brown: If that were the case, Harvard would be asking for the
sheepskin back.

SI: If James Brown is the hardest-working man in show business,
what's James Brown of Fox Sports?

Brown: I've been called the hardest-working man in sports, but
I'm not too pleased with the title the Godfather of Sports. I
think of myself as hip and relevant, though my daughter
[20-year-old Katrina] says on my next birthday she's giving me a
gift certificate for a senior citizens' home.

SI: What's the better Terry Bradshaw movie: The Cannonball Run or
Smokey and the Bandit II?

Brown: Anybody who has difficulty sleeping should fire up one of
those flicks.

SI: Did you know Howie Long was in the movie 3000 Miles to
Graceland?

Brown: The critics panned it.

SI: Is Howie the reason it tanked?

Brown: I purposely didn't see it because I like Big Boy.

SI: Have you seen Jillian Barbarie's meteorological degree?

Brown: I have not, but considering all the comments I've heard
around the country from men, no one cares whether she has one or
not.

SI: You hosted Fox's World's Funniest videos. Any regrets?

Brown: I got blasted by my colleagues, but it's an honest living,
and I showed a lighter side. The bottom line is, it's paying for
my daughter's education.

SI: Please tell us this isn't true: Did you host a PBS special
on Yanni?

Brown: I was trying to show the breadth and scope of the things I
can do.

SI: You own all of Yanni's albums, don't you?

Brown: Let me be brutally honest with you. No.

--R.D.

COLOR PHOTO: AARON RAPOPORT/FOX