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Can Smith, new show live up to their hype?

Updated: August 10, 2005, 7:32 PM ET
By George Solomon | ESPN Ombudsman

Rarely since Jay Leno replaced Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" has an impending television show gotten the buildup ESPN's Stephen A. Smith received for his "Quite Frankly" debut on ESPN2 last Monday night (Aug. 1). In-depth profiles of Smith ran in Sports Illustrated and the New York Times, as well as other publications, followed by significant advertisements in a number of major newspapers around the country.

I wondered if the hype might be too much for the outspoken 37-year-old, whose ...

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