Read what NY Daily News wrote about FOX & Friends.

A light touch is no joke in 'Fox & Friends' ratings

Brian Kilmeade says what makes Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" work each day is that it easily bounces between silly and serious.

"I think we're looser, and at the same time, we realize at any moment something can change," says Kilmeade, one of three co-hosts. "Something can blow up. Someone could die, and when that happens, viewers don't want to turn on comics."

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'Fox & Friends' loves its fun
By Matea Gold

It was just after 7 a.m. on the set of "Fox & Friends,"" but the studio already looked like the scene of a college all-nighter. Papers and blue index cards littered the couch next to the three co-hosts, and the mood resembled the giddy intensity produced by sleeplessness and large doses of caffeine.

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Read what the Fort Hood Sentinel said about Brian's new book It's How You Play the Game.

Fox News sports host scheduled to visit PX for book signing
By Emily Baker, Sentinel Staff

One of the Army's most brilliant minds set an example in how he failed as much as he did in how he succeeded, says an author who was inspired to write a book based on Gen. George S. Patton's failure in football.

Patton struggled through not weighing enough and breaking bone after bone while trying to earn a starter position on the football team at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

"As soon as he was ready to start, he broke his arm. But he wasn't going to quit," Brian Kilmeade, co-host of Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" and author of "It's How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments that Taught Lasting Values to America's Finest," said in a telephone interview.

Read what the Houston Chronicle said about Brian's new book It's How You Play the Game.

Fox News anchor serves up true rules of the game In new book, celebrities and athletes share character-building sports stories

Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Brian Kilmeade is comfortable whether he's interviewing Colin Powell or reporting on Paris Hilton. It partly explains his success as co-anchor of Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends, and as co-host of Fox News Radio's Brian and the Judge.

Being able to address both newsmakers and celebrities serves him well with his latest book, an accumulation of sports stories as told to him by the likes of former football players Joe Montana and Vice President Dick Cheney, former baseball players Cal Ripken Jr. and Rush Limbaugh, and former soccer players Brandi Chastain and Simon Cowell.

His collection of 90 interviews makes It's How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments That Taught Lasting Values to America's Finest (HarperCollins, $25.95) a worthy follow-up to his best-selling The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports. Both books, as their titles suggest, are less about sports than about the character building that sports instills.

The interviews are edited to their essence — a role Kilmeade took on as he transcribed taped conversations with George Schultz, Mary Lou Retton, George Foreman and friends and relatives of John Wayne and Theodore Roosevelt.

"I wanted to show a human side to these people," Kilmeade said. "They willingly come off their perch, whether it's talking to the grandson of George Patton or someone like Stedman Graham, who everyone knows for being with Oprah but was a millionaire before that. Joe Montana tells me about the time he quit. Steve Young told me about the time he was 0 for 46 (as a high school baseball player).

"That's what they chose to bring me to, not the championship, not the Heisman. That's what made it so cool. They wanted to show their vulnerability."

He approached his subjects with this: He wanted to know the moment in sports that taught them values and ethics.

"My goal is to reach parents, players and coaches," he said. "I just want kids to be able to point to somebody besides themselves, to have a role model."

Kilmeade, who coaches youth soccer in his spare time, is asked if he'd be a major sports star in a do-over of his life.

"I would have tried more," he said. "I would have tried more sports and tried to put a little less pressure on myself. .

"People say, why is Dick Cheney in a book with Joe Montana, they have nothing to do with each other. My argument is they have everything to do with each other. It's about how much you care about what you do. Good things happen when you prepare to be successful."

Read what the Washington Times said about Brian's new book It's How You Play the Game.

Defining moments

What do Vice President Dick Cheney and American Idol judge Simon Cowell have in common, besides acerbic personalities?

Both are included in Fox News anchor Brian Kilmeade's new book, "It's How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments that Taught Lasting Values to America's Finest."

Instead of doing the usual book tour, Mr. Kilmeade, a sportscaster before becoming co-host of the popular morning show "Fox & Friends," is taking a temporary leave from the hubbub of New York City to meet and greet members of the U.S. military at bases across the country. This week, he's visiting Fort Belvoir in Virginia and Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, both outside Washington.

Read what Sporting News, New York Newsday, Washington Times, Houston Press, Sporting Kid Magazine, Wrestling International Newsmagazine, and The Toledo Blade recently said about Brian Kilmeade's best-selling book The Games Do Count.

Sports as Life (excerpt)
by Greg Bach

"Sports beyond a shadow of a doubt, are the boot camp for life," says Brain Kilmeade, now the co-host of the Fox and Friends morning news program and author of "The Games Do Count," which depicts the impact sports has had on some of the country's most notable leaders. "Everyone spoke with passion," Kilmeade says. "many were still putting their sports days in perspective. I felt like [a] therapist."

What Kilmeade uncovered is that people everywhere cling to their sports-playing memories. Diving cataches, last-second touchdown passes and game-winning shots are forever etched in their minds. While some struggle to remember an anniversay or a loved one's birthday, others have no problem recalling a baseball game played as a 12-year-old.

Article Copyright © 2005 National Alliance for Youth Sports

New Book "The Games Do Count' Salutes Sports
by Bryan Van Kley

Wrestling coaches who were fortunate enough to be in attendance at the National High School Coaches Association Banquet March 31, in Cleveland heard an incredible speech on the benefits of sports on peoples' lives.

Brian Kilmeade, the co-host of a cable TV morning show, "Fox & Friends," was the keynote speaker. Kilmeade gave incredible insight into what sports has meant to him and told how common of a denominator it is in many successful peoples' rise to the top.

The Games Do Count is a great read and I would recommend it to all wrestling fans. Kilmeade intreviewed 70 influential people, five of whom were wrestlers.

Article Copyright © 2005 Wrestling International Newsmagazine


A new book proves that
The Games Do Count
by Julia Ramey

Imagine a young John Tesh booting a soccer ball downfield, a teenage Condoleezza Rice attempting a camel spin, and a four-foot-11 Tony Danza pummeling another lightweight boxer.

Before you fantasize about how you would have kicked the crap out of all three, check out Brian Kilmeade's The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports. The book contains the first-person accounts of more than 70 would-be sports stars, who tell how their experiences as young athletes -- glorious and miserable -- guided them to success as politicians, actors or business moguls.

"Most of people's small talk with me is about sports," says Kilmeade, a co-host on Fox News Channel's FOX & Friends. "When I talk to Henry Kissinger, it's always about soccer." (Kissinger played on an all-Jewish team in Nazi Germany as a youth.)

Kilmeade interviewed the likes of Jon Stewart, Emme, Donald Trump, Burt Reynolds and both Presidents Bush in his apparent quest to unearth every sports-as-life cliché. So give a little respect to that geeky kid who always gets picked last: As Kilmeade says, "The guy on the edge of the bench could be president of the United States."

Article Copyright © 2005 New Times

Celebs share sports memories

In The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports (Regan Books), FOX News host Brian Kilmeade compiles tales and reflections from 73 notable figures about their athletic experiences. Some highlights:

Darius Rucker, Hootie and the Blowfish: "My mom was at every game, and you knew she was there. She was loud. My favorite story was about these twins who were huge and played defensive end. As quarterback, I'd go back to pass, and these two guys just crushed me. There I am, lying on my back. My ribs and back are killing me and I have the wind knocked out of me and all I hear is, 'You're not hurt. Get up. Get up!' Other moms might yell, 'Stay down!' or run out on the field to see how their kid was. But my mom demanded that I get up. So, I got up."

Robin Williams: "When I was wrestling, my mother was always going, 'You're not eating." And I'd go, 'I can't.' My mother was at the wrestling matches, and the coach kept yelling 'Crotch grab,' and I'm going, 'Great, that's nice. Can you lay off that, because I don't know how well Mom deals with that.' The Sport looks Greek enough already, so you don't have to be yelling, 'Crotch grab!'"

John Tesh: "I was a skinny, hideous-looking kid. My parents put braces on me to straighten my teeth, and in those days that was like wearing barbed wire in your mouth. They sent me to school every day with a bologna sandwich, because they wanted to save money. So I smelled like bologna, and I had barbed wire on my teeth. The whole thing in junior high school is for girls to be interested, and the girls were definitely not interested in me. 'What am I going to do to be popular?' I asked myself. I said to myself, 'Well, I can't run, but I can jump, so why not try high jumping?' So I did, and in seventh grad I ended up setting a school record. They announced my name in the auditorium, and all of a sudden I was a hero for about a week, until somebody else broke it."

Article Copyright © 2005

They were always game
by Ellis Henican

Brian Kilmeade always knew that sports mattered. He just never knew quite how much - and to whom.

Then he started asking.

As the top sports guy at the Fox News Channel and co-host of the morning show "Fox & Friends," Kilmeade has pushed a microphone into the faces of the biggest sports stars on Earth. He's elbowed his way into a thousand sweaty locker rooms. He's covered the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Masters, the World Cup, the Final Four - and just about every other hypefest you can name in the big-dollar, high-testosterone world of professional sports.

But when he wanted to explore the real power that sports holds over America, it wasn't Michael Jordan he turned to. Or Barry Bonds. Or Tiger Woods.

It was an ex-high-school hoops player named Bernie Mac. It was the former teen ice queen Condoleezza Rice and Little League slugger Bill O'Reilly and long-ago gridiron great Burt Reynolds, whose hair looked a little weird even back then. All these big achievers, who've accomplished so much off the court, off the rink and off the field - all of them, still so profoundly affected by their youthful brushes with sport.

"Everyone of these people," Kilmeade said, "had a gripping personal story about the way that sports really did change their lives. Someone got benched. Someone got cut. This one person missed a free throw. That one never got into the game he should have started. Or got completely mistreated by the coach. These things really are universal for anyone who's ever played a sport."

And from those various experiences, Kilmeade discovered, unforgettable lessons were learned.

"It really made me understand," Kilmeade said. "Sports isn't about the superstars. It's about all the rest of us, with varying degrees of natural talent, and the intensity these games brought into our lives. It's no exaggeration to say sports helped to make these people what they are today."

Kilmeade, who grew up in Massapequa and still lives there, got his first inkling of the depth of this connection as a young sports-radio host in Southern California. On a slow, holiday weekend in 1991, he asked his callers to tell their own personal tales of sports. The phone lines lit up like a Christmas tree.

It took a while for the idea to germinate. The sports reporter spent a lot of nights in locker rooms. But eventually, he turned the 15-year-old insight into a book. The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports is just out from Regan Books. It is now barreling up the best-seller list like - well, like a long-ago John Tesh racing downfield with a soccer ball. . . .

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Article Copyright © 2004 Newsday, Inc.

Inside the Beltway
by John McCaslin

Sports, President Bush says, and the sanctuaries of their play, are a means to reach people of all political persuasions.

"The idea of people watching sports and cheering for a team is ... part of the social fabric," the president states in the just-released book, The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports, by Fox News Channel morning host and sportscaster Brian Kilmeade.

And don't think for a minute that when the Republican-minded Bush clan comes together for a family reunion that the latest antics of the Democratic Party are discussed.

"As a family, we may be involved in politics, but when we get together, the talk is usually about sports," says Mr. Bush, once a part-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team. "The fish we caught, the golf we played, things like that."

Similarly, Mr. Bush has come to learn that sporting events know no international boundaries, and that discussing sports with various heads of state beforehand helps break down barriers.

"I like to find out what sports different world leaders played before I meet them," the president reveals.

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, interviewed in the same book along with fellow sports enthusiasts like Condoleezza Rice, Henry Kissinger, J. Dennis Hastert and Joseph R. Biden Jr., says participating in myriad sports in his early years taught him the values of discipline and adversity.

"You can't play sports without losing sometimes, and in losing you learn something about grace and how to act under pressure," Mr. Kerry says. "These are all things that can help you later in life. I think it made me a better naval officer and a better warrior. In fact, it taught me a lot about politics."

Article Copyright © 2004 News World Communications, Inc.

Sports provide a training ground for life, author says
By Rhonda B. Sewell

Sports are nothing less than life's boot camp, says television host and author Brian Kilmeade. And he has 73 examples to prove his point.

Kilmeade, 40, is best known as co-host of the Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends. But his debut nonfiction book, The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, 2004, 326 pages) became a hit with those who played youth sports when it was published last fall.

The book, which made the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal best-seller lists, profiles 73 authors, politicians, actors, and other high-profile figures, focusing on how playing sports influenced their lives.

"There's a misconception about winning. The true champions aren't those who got the full scholarships or those who were the MVPs [Most Valuable Players]," Kilmeade says in an interview. "It's the backup middle linebackers - not the natural athletes - who shine later on in life and strive to be the best."

Kilmeade is scheduled to talk and sign copies of his books [Friday, January 21] in Thackeray's Books. Managers at Thackeray's suggest arriving early because of the strong interest in Kilmeade's appearance.

Kilmeade, who is married and has a son and two daughters, says he was compelled to write his book in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He learned that the late Tom Burnett, Todd Beamer, Jeremy Glick, and Mark Bingham - the United Airlines Flight 93 passengers who scuttled the hijackers' attempt to crash the jet in Washington - had been shaped by their experiences playing sports, according to their close friends and family members.

"One of the last things they said was, 'Let's roll!,' which is a common sports term. When I spoke with family and friends and learned how athletic pasts paved the way, it was very powerful," says Kilmeade, who profiles each of the men in his book.

Kilmeade played soccer as a youngster. Some of his favorite interviews include actor Tony Danza on boxing; television sportscaster Hannah Storm on playing soccer, softball, and running track and field, and actor Burt Reynolds on playing football.

President Bush talks about playing Little League baseball, comedian Jon Stewart about playing soccer, and Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice about figure skating. Others profiled include author John Irving on wrestling and musician and TV host John Tesh on soccer and lacrosse.

"They all replicate what they had playing sports as kids," Kilmeade says. "The journey in sports molds you."

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