posted by Hannah Worster on December 11, 2013 1:00 PM
Editor’s note: One of the few things ESPN employees love more than sports is their pets. Here, in the second half of a special two-part Lineup, are some of those pets. Check out Part One HERE.
1. Colin Cowherd, ESPN Radio host
Pet: Bugsy (French Bulldog)
Furry Fact: Colin is the biggest sports fan in his house and Bugsy is the second. He watches all the games alongside Colin.
2. Sara Walsh, SportsCenter anchor
Pet: George (age 6, English Bulldog)
Furry Fact: We’ve both torn our ACLs. He’s done it twice, I’ve done it once. The ACL tear effectively ended his skateboarding career, although his highlights live on in terribly shot – by me – YouTube clips. He also has the distinction of having been on SportsCenter. We were doing a lead-in about the Butler Bulldog not being allowed at the NCAA Tournament and they had my co-anchor come take him from me and say he wasn’t allowed in the SC studios. [George] was scared of the cameras, anyway. My family was far more excited to see him on TV.
3. Alexi Lalas, Soccer analyst
Pet: Bob (age 9, Yorkshire Terrier) continue reading…
posted by Ardi Dwornik on December 11, 2013 8:00 AM
When ESPN launched Caravana do Esporte (Sports Caravan) in Brazil in 2005, no one could have predicted how popular or far-reaching the program would be. To date, Caravana has visited 83 communities; some 1.8 million kids and 25,000 teachers have experienced the program.
ESPN Brazil founded Caravana with UNICEF Brazil and the Institute for Sports Education, a national nonprofit. Each Caravana invites kids aged 6 to 18 to participate in a half-day sports clinic taught by former professional athletes who represent a wide variety of sports, from rhythmic gymnastics, to boxing, to taekwondo and, of course, futebol. While the kids are in the field, public school teachers – Caravana’s local champions – attend physical education training classes. continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on December 10, 2013 3:03 PM
Sal Paolantonio’s nose was as red as his scarf Tuesday morning in snowy Philadelphia where he provided SportsCenter reports from outside the Philadelphia Eagles’ NovaCare Center practice facility.
The first on-air report, at 9 a.m. ET, two hours after producer Jim Johnson’s team began setting up outside, featured “Sal Pal” throwing a snowball at cameraman Mark Gambol’s lens.
“I believe in soft pretzels. I believe in cheesesteaks. And I believe in football in the snow,” Paolantonio said to the crew, adding a distinctive Philadelphia flavor in referencing Kevin Costner’s “I Believe” declaration to Susan Sarandon in Bull Durham. continue reading…
posted by Rachel Siegal on December 10, 2013 8:00 AM
Analyst Dick Vitale called his first college basketball game for ESPN on Dec. 5, 1979 – DePaul vs. Wisconsin – on the newly-formed 24-hour sports network.
Now in his 35th season and more than 1,000 basketball games later, Vitale will call his latest tonight: Kansas versus Florida (7 p.m. ET, ESPN, WatchESPN). He has become synonymous with the sport. Known for his knowledge, passion and unique style, the former high school, college and NBA coach has received many accolades, including the sport’s highest honor in 2008 when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on December 9, 2013 6:00 PM
Jon Sciambi (l) and Fran Fraschilla took a pre-game photo that will serve as a reminder of their historic call of the Kentucky-Baylor women’s game.
Saturday morning, when basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla ducked in for a (much-needed) coffee at his local Starbucks, a gentleman in a Baylor Bears hat approached him with a simple message.
“Thank you for covering our Bears, Fran,” the man said.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Fraschilla said late Sunday, two days after calling the highest-scoring Division I women’s game in history, a 133-130 quadruple overtime win by Kentucky over Baylor. “We knew we had a good game, we had no idea it would become historic.” continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on December 9, 2013 3:08 PM
ESPN’s Curt Schilling (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
ORLANDO – The first day of the 2013 Baseball Winter Meetings is underway here at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resort and the first major announcement of this year’s event was that ESPN analyst Curt Schilling is joining Sunday Night Baseball.
ESPN announced today that Schilling will join veteran play-by-play commentator Dan Shulman as well as analyst and former Phillies teammate John Kruk in the booth, along with ESPN Major League Baseball Insider Buster Olney, for the 25th season of Sunday Night Baseball – MLB’s exclusive national game of the week.
In between several Baseball Tonight segments and media availability about his new ESPN role, Front Row got a few words with Schilling, who talked about his new booth mates and who his favorite sports TV personalities were as a player.
Do you remember people telling you during your playing days that you should transition to television after you retire? continue reading…
posted by Allie Stoneberg on December 9, 2013 1:00 PM
Pro Football Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion Mike Ditka is revered in NFL circles, but in Chicago he is particularly beloved.
Tonight, the level of adoration for “Da Coach” will be unprecedented when his No. 89 is retired by the Chicago Bears during halftime of the Monday Night Football game (8:25 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN) against the Dallas Cowboys. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on December 9, 2013 9:25 AM
Patrons at a Buffalo, N.Y.-area Tim Hortons recently discovered why the Buffalo Bills’ Stevie Johnson is a receiver – because he’s not so hot at giving (things like “Timbits” or tea).
Johnson went undercover as drive-thru window server “Drew Mcelvein” for a piece on yesterday’s Sunday NFL Countdown. Asking customers if they wanted cheese on items that clearly didn’t need cheese, quoting absurd prices, or telling patron’s that Canada’s largest fast food service had no coffee, Johnson left many Buffalonians, well, buffaloed.
“People were confused at first on how their order was being taken, and when some got around to the drive-thru window, they were not fond of the price quoted,” said associate producer Terrell Bouza. “Others still just wanted their orders, but Stevie would continue to joke with them — before finally revealing who he was. Overall, the reactions (captured on three hidden cameras) were really funny and people seemed to enjoy the interaction.”
posted by Hannah Worster on December 7, 2013 10:00 AM
Imagine John Stockton entering the Basketball Hall Of Fame as a Cleveland Cavalier.
Given that Stockton played 19 NBA seasons exclusively with the Utah Jazz, picturing the 2009 HOF inductee in any other pro uniform is difficult. But when Stockton was a point guard prospect coming out of Gonzaga University in 1984, one of the NBA coaches most interested in drafting him was George Karl – then coach of the Cavaliers and now an ESPN analyst.
That’s one of the interesting tidbits Stockton reveals in his autobiography “Assisted,” which he promoted during a recent ESPN Car Wash. In the video above, Stockton talks about the prospect of playing for Karl and the growth of Gonzaga basketball since his 1980s heyday. The No. 19 Zags (7-1), featuring John’s son David Stockton, play host to New Mexico State tonight (11 p.m. ET, ESPNU and WatchESPN). Tuesday, they visit West Virginia (9 p.m., ESPN2 and WatchESPN).
By Sheldon Spencer
Video produced by Josh Lander
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row
• One of the only things ESPN commentators love more than sports is their pets. Meet 9 ESPN pets and their owners in the first of a special two-part Lineup.
• See how teams in D.C. and Miami work together to assemble daily doses of Highly Questionable. continue reading…
posted by Carrie Kreiswirth on December 6, 2013 4:24 PM
Although ESPN The Magazine’s third annual Interview issue – highlighting newsmakers of the year including Lance Armstrong, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Ware among others – won’t start arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes until next week, The Mag couldn’t wait to share a preview of the cover story, featuring Broncos star quarterback Peyton Manning and Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy.
ESPN The Magazines’s third annual interview issue.
Editor in Chief Chad Millman provides fans an inside look as to how this special interview came to be:
How did the concept of the Ron Burgundy/Peyton Manning interview come about? continue reading…