My parents instilled within me a love for the game at an early age. They named me after my grandmother’s favorite Twins player, took me to my first football game when I was five weeks old, blasted the Minnesota rouser from ’70s-style speakers and used athletes’ names like “Lombardozzi” when teaching me how to talk. By the time I joined ESPN in 2008, I had a sports fan’s passion and a competitor’s heart. I started my career in Operations where it was my good fortune to work among ESPN’s Monday Night Football family. After three seasons, I moved to the Communications department as senior publicist with a focus on NFL coverage. I am a loyal Twins fan and University of Minnesota alumna.
posted by Allie Stoneberg on October 21, 2013 3:39 PM
ESPN Creative Services’ motion graphics designers are ‘reinventing the game’ on Monday Night Football
The expression “third time’s a charm” is fairly common, but is there any truth to it? Minnesotans sure hope so.
Tonight on Monday Night Football (8:25 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN), Josh Freeman – the third starting quarterback for the Vikings this season – will make his Minnesota debut at MetLife Stadium against the host New York Giants. The Vikings’ journey from Christian Ponder to Matt Cassel to Freeman is the key storyline that play-by-play voice Mike Tirico will examine in MNF‘s new 30-second animated package, “Reinventing the Game,” which airs pre-kickoff each week.
“Reinventing The Game” highlights a major topic in the MNF game, combining Tirico’s words with eye-popping animations developed by ESPN’s Creative Services group. In addition to the Vikings’ quarterback storyline tonight, coach Chip Kelly’s transition to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Denver Broncos’ signing of Wes Welker and Andrew Luck’s rise to stardom with the Indianapolis Colts have also been explored in the segment this season. continue reading…
posted by Allie Stoneberg on September 30, 2013 4:51 PM
During tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Dolphins and the Saints (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN), fans may see someone on the sideline with a uniform different than the rest. Instead of a helmet, a fedora or beret usually sits atop his head; and instead of a football, he holds a brush in his hands. Who dat, you ask? It’s famed New Orleans artist Frenchy, a longtime friend of the MNF family.
Frenchy was first introduced to the ESPN crew in 2003 (when the network televised Sunday Night Football) after meeting producer Jay Rothman in the Big Easy. In the years since, he has traveled to more than a dozen ESPN NFL games – and he spent time at Super Bowl XLVII in his home city – to document the work that takes place on the field and behind the scenes.
In an exchange with Front Row, Frenchy recounts some of his favorite memories of ESPN and MNF:
In the time you’ve spent at MNF games, what have you learned about the crew? continue reading…
posted by Allie Stoneberg on September 5, 2013 3:49 PM
Seahawks, Broncos lead the pack of favorites to win Super Bowl XLVIII as ESPN’s NFL experts share their predictions for 2013 season
In anticipation of the NFL season, ESPN’s NFL hosts, analysts and insiders predicted the eight divisional winners, AFC and NFC wild cards, Super Bowl matchup, Super Bowl XLVIII champion and NFL MVP for 2013.
Of the 35 total predictions, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are favorites to be crowned Super Bowl champion with eight votes each, followed closely by Atlanta (seven) and San Francisco (four).
New England is heavily favored to win the AFC East, with Ron Jaworski the lone ESPN analyst to not pick the Patriots (picked the Miami Dolphins). Other popular division champion picks include the Denver Broncos (AFC West), Houston Texans (AFC South) and Green Bay Packers (NFC North).
For NFL MVP, it’s no surprise quarterbacks lead the voting, with Peyton Manning garnering eight votes and Colin Kaepernick, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan each with five.
posted by Allie Stoneberg on August 8, 2013 4:40 PM
Denis Leary draws inspiration from ESPN for Draft Day role; also heard on open for tonight’s NFL preseason game
Actor Denis Leary plays a Cleveland Browns head coach in the 2014 movie, Draft Day. In anticipation of that film, ESPN asked Leary to channel his inner coach for the opening tease to Monday Night Football’s four preseason games this month, beginning with tonight’s Cincinnati Bengals vs. Atlanta Falcons contest (8 p.m. ET, ESPN and WatchESPN). continue reading…
posted by Allie Stoneberg on August 1, 2013 12:05 PM
In the 17 years that producer Todd Snyder has worked at ESPN, he can’t recall a show like NFL Insiders.
And, on Monday, August 5, at 3 p.m. ET (ESPN), he will have the opportunity to produce it. continue reading…
posted by Allie Stoneberg on July 31, 2013 8:00 AM
Billy Devaney is among the contributors who will be part of ESPN’s new NFL Insiders show, debuting Monday, August 5 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN).
The general manager of the St. Louis Rams from 2008-11, Devaney has 29 years of NFL experience and he’s held a number of front-office positions with a handful of teams. Prior to his stint with the Rams, he was a senior personnel executive and assistant general manager with the Atlanta Falcons. He also spent time as a college and pro scout with the Washington Redskins and as a director of pro personnel with the San Diego Chargers. Now, one of the newest members of the ESPN team, Devaney speaks with Front Row about this opportunity to talk football on television.
What can fans expect from NFL Insiders? continue reading…
posted by Allie Stoneberg on July 30, 2013 12:02 PM
In today’s Front and Center podcast, ESPN NFL analyst and soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Famer, Cris Carter, reflects upon the past few months leading up to this Saturday’s enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
The Class of 2013 inductee and Minnesota Vikings legend describes what it was like to receive his signature yellow Hall of Fame jacket and to see his bust being made right in front of him. Carter talks about what he hopes his legacy will be and the lessons he learned as a player. He also previews his new book, Going Deep – How Wide Receivers Became the Most Compelling Figures in Pro Sports (releasing today), which he wrote with ESPN.com senior NFL writer Jeffri Chadiha.
posted by Allie Stoneberg on July 3, 2013 12:30 PM
Days ago, ESPN analyst and six-time National Football League Executive of the Year Bill Polian traveled thousands of miles to deliver a very important and heartfelt message: Thank you.
Invited to participate in the NFL’s 2013 USO Tour with former players Chris Draft, Donnie Edwards and Eric Metcalf, Polian is spending a week abroad visiting troops in the United States military, a group for which he has deep respect. continue reading…
posted by Allie Stoneberg on June 21, 2013 1:15 PM
The kick is up and it’s . . . ESPN.com NFL blogger practices FGs with Jaguars specialist Josh Scobee
— Tad Dickman (@Tdickman89) June 12, 2013
ESPN.com’s AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky (@espn_afcsouth) knows the value of walking in someone else’s shoes.
A reporter by trade, Kuharsky has made it a point during his career to do more than just observe the athletes on the field. He’s worked out with NFL prospects, “raced” some of the fastest players in the AFC South and tried to catch punts from the Tennessee Titans’ Brett Kern. In his latest challenge, Kuharsky attempts to master the art of kicking field goals with Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee as his guide. continue reading…
posted by Allie Stoneberg on June 6, 2013 4:36 PM
Former Green Bay Packers right guard Jerry Kramer will never forget the lessons he learned from his legendary coach Vince Lombardi. Neither will NFL analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, who competed against Lombardi’s Packers and played for him in two Pro Bowls.
Both men join host Chris Berman on tonight’s Lombardi’s Legacy (9 p.m. ET, ESPN), a one-hour special dedicated to the coach who changed not only the NFL, but the lives of the many men who played for him and had the opportunity to meet him. Front Row caught up with Kramer and Ditka to learn even more about the man who coached the Packers to five league championships in seven years, including victories in the first two Super Bowls. continue reading…