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Patrick often introduced Olbermann with the tagline "saving the democracy", a nod to his work on Countdown.
On April 16, 2007, Olbermann was named co-host of Football Night in America, NBC's NFL pre-game show that precedes their Sunday Night NFL game, a position which reunited him in 2008 with his former Sports Center co-anchor Dan Patrick.
As a teenager he often wrote about baseball card-collecting and appeared in many sports card-collecting periodicals of the mid 1970s.
He is also referenced in Sports Collectors Bible, a 1979 book by Bert Sugar, which is considered one of the important early books for trading card collectors.
In 1998, he stated that his work at MSNBC would "make me ashamed, make me depressed, make me cry." Olbermann left MSNBC for Fox Sports Net shortly thereafter.ET time slot previously held by programs hosted by Phil Donahue and, briefly, Lester Holt.Countdown's format, per its name, involved Olbermann ranking the five biggest news stories of the day or sometimes "stories my producers force me to cover", as Olbermann put it.he later co-authored a book with Patrick called The Big Show about their experiences working at Sports Center; he also said that the short-lived ABC dramedy Sports Night was based on his time on Sports Center with Patrick, ABC having been co-owned with ESPN since 1985 (ESPN now produces all sports coverage on ABC, which is branded ESPN on ABC).Early in 1997 Olbermann was suspended for two weeks after he made an unauthorized appearance on The Daily Show on Comedy Central with then-host and former ESPN colleague Craig Kilborn.