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posted by Barbara Blake on October 14, 2013 1:13 PM
SEATTLE — This past weekend, ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot visited the Pacific Northwest to be on-site for the Pac-12 showdown between No. 2 Oregon and host No. 16 Washington. The Ducks prevailed, 45-24, and remain unbeaten.
Washington’s Red Square served as a backdrop for the show, which began at 6 a.m. local time. The rainy Saturday morning didn’t dampen fans’ spirits, as they showed up in full force to support their teams, including a representative from Washington State University who escorted the flag on set in hopes that College GameDay will visit Pullman, Wash.
The show featured an exclusive interview with former USC head coach Lane Kiffin, whom the Trojans fired on Sept. 29. Chris Fowler conducted the interview with Kiffin, who later joined Tom Rinaldi and David Pollack on the demo field.
Guest pickers for the day were U.S. Women’s Soccer National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo and Pro Football Hall Of Fame quarterback Warren Moon — both former stars at Washington. Both selected the Huskies to win. Lee Corso chose the Ducks.
This Saturday, College GameDay returns to Clemson, S.C. for the Atlantic Coast Conference clash between Florida State and Clemson. This marks the first time since 2007 that College GameDay has been at one campus in the same season — Clemson served as host before its Aug. 31 game against Georgia.
posted by Barbara Blake on September 23, 2013 1:30 PM
FARGO, N.D. — Lee Fitting, senior coordinating producer College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, challenged his production team to “think outside the box” last week as it planned a show around North Dakota State University, the two-time defending Football Championship Subdivision champions.
An advance team from the production and ops crew arrived in Fargo on Sunday, Sept. 15, to scout locations. The remainder of the team arrived by Wednesday evening. The show chose to use the Fargo Theatre as the backdrop and thousands of locals of all ages showed up in support.
The resulting show in downtown Fargo Sept. 21 gave fans, locals and students the chance to celebrate GameDay, as documented in Allen Kee’s images above.
Bison head coach Craig Bohl arrived via golf cart with the team’s mascot. Former NDSU and Buffalo Bills star Phil Hansen predicted a Bison victory over visiting Delaware State — as did GameDay analyst Lee Corso. North Dakota State didn’t disappoint, winning 51-0.
This Saturday, the GameDay crew visits Athens, Ga., home of the University of Georgia, to preview the Bulldogs’ SEC matchup with visiting LSU (ESPN, 9 a.m.-noon).
posted by Barbara Blake on September 16, 2013 1:45 PM
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot aired from Texas A&M’s campus this past Saturday just hours before the No. 6-ranked Aggies fell to defending national champion Alabama.
GameDay began setting up on the A&M campus on Tuesday. ESPN Images joined the crew on Wednesday morning to capture campus scenic photos, behind-the-scenes shots and the multiple telecasts throughout the week. Various ESPN programs and platforms also aired from College Station last week: College Football Live on Thursday and Friday; ESPN Radio’s College GameDay; and ESPN3 captured Texas A&M’s Midnight Yell Practice Friday night. continue reading…
posted by Barbara Blake on May 16, 2013 11:26 AM
BARCELONA, Spain — “My first job,” said Senior Director of X Games Content Strategy Tim Reed, “was doing athlete registration back when we used to take Polaroids of each athlete to laminate on the credential.”
Both Reed and the X Games — the Barcelona leg kicks off today (Noon ET, ESPN) — have come a long way since 1997 when he began work with the company at X Games 3 in San Diego. Now Reed is helping to expand the ESPN franchise as more than just as a competition and into a true international festival. His team not only manages the sports and competition side, it handles the lifestyle elements including fashion, music and cultural elements at each of the six locations. continue reading…
posted by Barbara Blake on March 20, 2013 12:45 PM
ESPN Images photographer Phil Ellsworth scaled the French Alps to shoot scenics for X Games Tignes which will be used during the broadcast, in marketing campaigns and on social media. The photos are a great backdrop for the on-air team to show where the event is taking place during starting line-ups, bumps and transitions.
Ellsworth carried his three Nikon D4 cameras with two different lenses – a 70-200 F2.8 and a 14-24 F2.8 – through three feet of fresh powder to capture the scene. Truth be told Phil didn’t exactly scale a mountain, he rode the Funiculaire, a monorail which traverses through the mountain for 3484 meters to the Grand Motte Glacier.
In the gallery above, Ellsworth shares some of the shots he took. Also be sure to check the photo stream to the right for constant photo updates from Tignes.
posted by Barbara Blake on January 25, 2013 4:15 PM
Editor’s note: A variety of X Games Aspen 2013 content from Buttermilk Mountain will be available live through Sunday across multiple platforms — television, smartphones, tablets, online, social media and more.
ASPEN, Colo. — ESPN Production has taken over the Aspen Inn at Buttermilk Mountain to produce X Games Aspen 2013.
The photos above provide a behind-the-scenes peek at the people and the elements involved.
Day 2 at X Games Aspen started with the Snowboard Street competition, then 16 slopestyle skiers vied for a spot in finals. Check out xgames.com for details.
posted by Barbara Blake on December 4, 2012 8:00 AM
ATLANTA — This past weekend ESPN College GameDay was stationed in Centennial Park for the SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia.
The park was decked out for the holidays and fans from Georgia (including a bulldog wearing a Georgia sweater), Alabama and even Notre Dame showed up to support their teams (or scout their next opponent!).
In between segments Samantha Steele took time to play football with the kids near the set.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly stopped by and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was the guest picker. To the dismay of the Georgia fans in the audience everyone chose Alabama to win, including former UGA All-American David Pollack.
Alabama went on to beat Georgia, 32-28, to secure a berth in the Discover BCS National Championship on Jan. 7 against Notre Dame, which will be on ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes at 8:30 p.m. ET.
posted by Barbara Blake on November 27, 2012 1:30 PM
A week after visiting Eugene, Ore., College GameDay Built by The Home Depot stayed on the West Coast for the Notre Dame versus USC showdown.
The crew began on setting up the stage outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, breaking for Thanksgiving dinner by the Roadkill Grill and finishing up on Friday.
While the crew was working on the set, GameDay’s Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi, David Pollack and Samantha Steele were in the Los Angeles Sports Arena prepping for Saturday’s show.
That morning, Major League Soccer and Team USA star Landon Donovan visited the set as the guest picker. He and Corso chose Notre Dame to defeat USC; the Fighting Irish defeated the Trojans 22-13 to remain undefeated and secure a berth in the BCS championship game in January.
Photos by ESPN Images’ Allen Kee
posted by Barbara Blake on November 20, 2012 8:00 AM
Each week David Pollack tweets from a different campus for College GameDay.
ESPN Images has captured the self-proclaimed “goofball” around campus while he finds the perfect spot to tweet. David has found himself sitting on a statue in Oregon, in an empty stadium in Florida, on the bus with Revielle at Texas A&M, whipping up pecan pie in South Carolina, in the Dairy Store at Michigan State, sitting on top of a gun on the USS San Diego and tweeting from a quiet corner in Tennessee.
Photos by ESPN Images
posted by Barbara Blake on November 14, 2012 10:30 AM
SAN DIEGO — This past weekend College GameDay visited the USS San Diego, stationed at San Diego Naval Base, in support of Veterans Day.
Last Wednesday the ship set sail for a test run with one of GameDay’s editors, Ken Wagner, a former gunner’s mate technician third class on board. Wagner set up GoPro cameras throughout the ship to produce video of the ship in action, which was used during the show’s broadcast.
The Navy’s hospitality was extended to all of the GameDay crew: Samantha Steele and David Pollack were given a tour of the ship on Friday including a peek into a Humvee. That same day, Kirk Herbsreit and Desmond Howard stopped on their way to set to talk to the sailors and Marines on board. On Saturday, active military personnel and their families lined up at 3 a.m. to board the ship for the telecast while carrying signs supporting their alma maters.
The ship’s navigator, former Navy wide receiver Curtis Sharp, was last week’s “guest picker.” Even Bill the Goat made an appearance with Lee Corso, who chose Navy to beat Troy.