The 6'5" host of CBS's Late Late Show played Division I basketball at Montana State from 1981 to '84. He groomed for his current gig by working as a sportscaster, including three years as an anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter.
SI: Is it true you abide by a pyramid of success modeled upon John Wooden's?
Kilborn: Yes. It starts with "Check your negativity at the door," it moves over to "Hug a rainbow," and then there's "Shower up." I'm kind of writing it as I go along.
SI: How come the fighting Bobcats of Montana State almost never make the NCAA tournament?
Kilborn: There's more to life than winning basketball games. That's what you have to remind yourself when you're not winning basketball games.
SI: You played forward and guard in college. How would you describe your game?
Kilborn: I was an outside shooter. Defense was not something I was particularly interested in. I was the poor, poor, poor, poor man's Pistol Pete.
SI: Do you think some of the current ESPN anchors are stealing your shtick?
Kilborn: You're assuming that anyone still watches SportsCenter. Kidding! I apologize to America if I started this phenomenon [of using highlights as vehicles for wisecracks]. Just give me the scores! If I want comedy, I'll watch the CBS Evening News.
SI: As a Vikings fan, and a Minnesotan, what's your take on Randy Moss?