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Keeping it real in the booth

It's chemistry first and ability second when it comes to being a college hoops color analyst. Magazine

Updated: February 28, 2007, 5:03 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Editor's note: This column appears in the February 26 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

I love making fun of sports announcers. It's my bread and butter. Or as Shannon Sharpe might say, it's my breaded butter. So when ESPNU offered me a chance to provide the color for two college games last month, I jumped at the chance to see if announcing was more difficult than it seemed. Naturally, I assumed the experience would lead to some you-can't-believe-how-bad-I-was stories and a newfound appreciation ...

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