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Dan Patrick

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For the radio political commentator and author of the same name see Dan Patrick (radio host)

Daniel Patrick Pugh (born May 15, 1956), better known as Dan Patrick, is a sportscaster from Mason, Ohio, United States. He is currently employed by ESPN as an anchor on their SportsCenter program. For many years, he and Keith Olbermann were arguably the network's two most recognisable faces. Patrick used the catch phrase Welcome to the big show when Olbermann worked with him; when Olbermann left, Patrick said This isn't the big show anymore.

Patrick was a basketball player in high school, becoming an Ohio all-state selection his senior year.

In 1989, he began working at Sportscenter, where he still works as an anchorman.

He expanded, his career as a sportscaster has helped him become a sportswriter in ESPN The Magazine, and an actor. He participated in several television shows, as well as movies such as 1997's The Definite Maybe, 1998's BASEketball, and The Waterboy, all as himself. In 1999, he got his first major role, playing Mark in Technowhere. He will have a cameo appearance in the 2005 remake of "The Longest Yard" with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.

"En fuego"

Patrick told about the following at the ESPN25 Silver Anniversary Spectacular.

In 1994, when calling the highlights for a game in which Marv Albert described Sam Cassell as being "on fire", Dan Patrick said he was "el fuego", which he thought was Spanish for "on fire". A few months later, he received a letter from a Spanish teacher in Pennsylvania suggesting that he say that athletes are "en fuego" (on fire) rather than "el fuego" (the fire). Since then, Patrick has used "en fuego" on certain occasions when a player is said to be "on fire". Note that "en fuego" is an Anglicism in Spanish, since it is an unnecessary litteral translation from English and since other translations would be more fitting, e.g. prendido. Note that the phrase "en fuego" is also used by James Cramer.

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