Men's Journal loosens requirements, has Craig Carton offer 'How to Act Like You Know Sports' tips | Bob's Blitz

Men's Journal loosens requirements, has Craig Carton offer 'How to Act Like You Know Sports' tips

Craig Carton in this month's Men's Journal with: How to Act Like You Know Sports -- "Half the battle is just sounding like you're smart. With a little prep work and some time on the Internet, any schmo can fake it till they make it, says Carton (though, he cautions, 'if you're not a good memory guy, you're fucked.')"

And, in certain time slots, 2 producers in your ear with stats and answers never hurts. Craigs list:

Be a hometown hero. "You need to know every year that [the local team] won a championship," he says. "Forever."

Be a specialist. Quick, name CC's specialty. No, wrong. John Starks.

Go obscure. "You need to know about the parachute guy that flew onto the field out of the night sky," Carton says. (That would be Michael Sergio, an actor who literally dropped in on Shea Stadium during Game 6 wearing a sign proclaiming "Let's Go Mets.") (Who did Mike high five on the way through the Mets' dugout? Correct, Ron Darling)

Get the greatest hits.

Don't be too eager.

Appeal to history.

Make it personal. "For those feeling brazen, Carton has a bold tip to capture the attention of any audience. Lie. "This is the little trick," he says. "Three words: 'I was there.'" No intimate knowledge is required for this maneuver, just a willingness to think on your feet. "Remember the 6-overtime game between Syracuse and Connecticut in the Big East Tournament a few years ago?" Carton asks. (One of the best ever in college basketball, a nearly four-hour battle that ended with a Syracuse winning 127-117 after a breathtaking six over times.) "I was there," Carton says. 'And sonofabitch, can you believe I left after the third fucking overtime because I had to go to work? Unreal!'"

When in doubt, double down. "When caught red-handed for knowing nothing more than what is written on Wikipedia, the only way to save face is to back it up with cash. "Put money on the table: 'I got $100 that that really happened!'" Caton suggests. Crucially, you have to go all-in or risk losing both your rep and your wallet. "You got to make it enough money where the other guy ain't got it in his pocket either," Caton insists. "'I got $500 right fucking now that it happened in the third inning in '62!'"

Carton's book, Loudmouth comes out June 4th.

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