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 Dan Quinn on December 2, 2013 1:00 PM
Former heavyweight champion and recent Broadway star Mike Tyson (“Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” his one-man show) visited ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center last Wednesday to be a guest on SportsNation.
“You never know what’s going to happen when you’ve got Mike Tyson on live TV — this was the champ’s second visit to SportsNation this year and he certainly didn’t disappoint,” said SportsNation coordinating producer Wade Beckett. “Tyson is always a fan favorite and took time prior to the show for pictures with the SportsNation audience.” continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on November 8, 2013 4:06 PM
Vin Guglielmina captures firefighting training. (ESPN)
SportsCenter salutes the troops
It was 38 degrees early this morning (thanks Weather.com) in Annapolis, Md. when Coordinating Producer Michael Fountain
arrived outside Brancroft Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy. He and his team were there to prepare a SportsCenter set for the 9 a.m. ET show and day-long reports as part of ESPN’s fifth annual “America’s Heroes: A Salute to the Troops Presented by USAA”
SportsCenter anchors Hannah Storm and Kevin Negandhi will be based outside Bancroft Hall today because, “It is one of the largest dormitories in the world — it houses all 4,400 Midshipmen and is the focal point of the Naval Academy,” Fountain said.
Kevin Negandhi with Naval Academy students.
“What an honor to be here to celebrate our veterans today and acknowledge their service, sacrifice and love of country,” Storm said. “This is especially meaningful given that my father was a US Marine. The Marines Hymn was the first song I learned as a child — in addition to the Notre Dame fight song of course!”
ESPN’s pieces running today from United States Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, as part of ESPN’s fifth annual “America’s Heroes: A Salute to the Troops Presented by USAA,” were shot during a five-day stretch in September by a small crew led by ESPN Feature Producer Jennifer Chafitz.
From fires on the ground (the camp’s all-civilian Korean Fire Department), to panoramic air visuals from a Blackhawk helicopter (above Jamsil Olympic Stadium, site of the XXIV Olympiad’s Opening Ceremony), the pieces give viewers a good sense of where tonight’s Armed Forces Classic (Georgetown-Oregon) basketball game will be played. continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on October 28, 2013 3:34 PM
Dr. Mark Adickes, a former NFL offensive lineman, joins ESPN as a medical correspondent. In the photo above right, Adickes (61) is protecting former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Todd Blackledge, now an ESPN college football analyst. (Photo courtesy Kansas City Chiefs).
Stephania Bell, Injury Analyst, Fantasy Sports:
The particular expertise of Stephania Bell, ESPN.com senior writer and host of ESPN Radio’s Fantasy Focus, perfectly complements Drs. Kaplan and Adickes on ESPN’s “medical staff.” With more than 20 years of experience in orthopedics and sports medicine, Bell’s insight allows her to convey post-injury expectations to ESPN viewers.
“I’ve seen firsthand how athletes recover from injury — some constantly press the envelope and challenge previously established timetables, like Adrian Peterson, while others may struggle to regain their pre-injury form,” said Bell, who received her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami.
“The fantasy sports audience has an insatiable thirst for injury information since it’s so critical to setting weekly lineups, and as a long-time fantasy player myself, I can identify with them,” Bell said. “They have incorporated terms like ‘Lisfranc’ into their sports vernacular and recognize why high ankle sprains can be tricky. For me, one of the biggest rewards is getting emails or Tweets from fans saying, ‘Thanks for explaining that. Now I understand what that injury really means.’”
With NFL fans seemingly spending more time fretting over X-ray results than game results, ESPN has enlisted another medical correspondent — Dr. Mark Adickes, Co-Medical Director of the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
“With the rash of injuries in the NFL this season, we felt it was imperative to enhance that part of our reporting,” said Senior Vice President and Director of News Vince Doria. “Dr. Adickes provides us someone with the unique combination of professional football playing experience and an impressive medical background.” continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on October 24, 2013 12:33 PM
Editor’s note: In the video above, Lindsay Czarniak subjects herself to the “Pick 6″ treatment with SportsCenter colleague John Anderson posing the questions.
Quarterbacks (sorry, Matt Schaub) might tune out SportsCenter’s newest segment, but many others seem to be enjoying “Pick 6,” which airs weekly on ESPN’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter. Anchor Lindsay Czarniak was looking for a way to get NFL players to provide information beyond the parameters of a basic Xs and Os Q&A.
Collaborating with Coordinating Producer Heath Henry, the “Pick 6” format was born: “Pick” a player’s brain for “6” things – they’d answer three questions, then reveal three things about themselves viewers and fans might not know. Examples of revelations to date: 49ers running back Frank Gore still breakdances; Bills receiver Stevie Johnson is not shy about freestyle rapping; and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson carries a wallet made from duct tape given to him by a young fan. continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on October 18, 2013 3:00 PM
The first thing ESPN Enterprise Unit Producer Greg Amante did when he was assigned to create an Outside The Lines piece on the rise in deaths of triathlon competitors, was, go for a swim. With research by ESPN.com Olympic sports and enterprise reporter Bonnie Ford revealing that 85 percent of triathlon deaths from 2007 through mid-October 2013 occurred while swimming, Amante wanted to get a first-hand feel of what he’d be dealing with.
Amante’s video feature airs Sunday on OTL (ESPN2, 8 a.m. ET). continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on October 17, 2013 4:35 PM
Welcome to another edition of Front Row’s #TBT: Throwback Thursday.
Twenty-four years ago tonight, according to Bill Marx of the Orlando Sentinel, “[ESPN reporter] Bob Ley was the most important man in American journalism.”
Marx was writing about ESPN’s coverage of the 1989 World Series, or more precisely, the 18-second earthquake which registered 7.1 on the Richter scale and occurred moments before Game 3 at Candlestick Park, where the host Giants and rival A’s were expected to play.
“I’ve always been very proud of my colleagues with me at Candlestick Park prior to Game 3 of the 1989 World Series, when an earthquake struck,” Ley told Front Row. “We were able to be on the air within 15 minutes, providing the first national coverage of this story – a natural disaster for the Bay Area – through what we could see and report at the ballpark.” continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on October 10, 2013 4:17 PM
Chris Golic, wife of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike co-host Mike Golic, took her former NFL lineman husband to a football practice Wednesday night.
Last spring, Chris was named to the Advisory Committee of USA Football Heads Up Football, a comprehensive youth football membership program developed by USA Football and supported by the NFL to further strengthen youth player safety. Wednesday night, the Golics stopped by a New Britain (Conn.) Hurricanes Youth Football practice, where Mike gave some tips. The organization has adopted the guidelines of Heads Up Football, whose mission is to make the game better and safer for all who play it. continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on October 3, 2013 4:00 PM
Producer Mike O’Connor goes from being inspired to compassionate, his speech goes from staccato to measured when talking about his upcoming Sunday NFL Countdown and E:60 piece focusing on former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason.
“To meet Steve, and see how he relates to his almost-two-year-old son Rivers, stirs up a lot of emotions,” O’Connor said. “It’s equal part inspiring – he’s awesome – and equal part gut-wrenching. Doctors say he is going to die.” continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on October 1, 2013 8:00 AM
While producer Steve Buckheit has only a self-described “perpetual 5-o’clock shadow,” he was among the first to take advantage of the Boston Red Sox “Dollar Beard Night” promotion last month which allowed fans with real or faux facial fur into Fenway for a buck.
While many carried combs, Buckheit carted his camera to capture the occasion for a piece chronicling the Sox’ return to success scheduled to debut on tonight’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter. continue reading…