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 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 David Scott on December 6, 2013 2:58 PM
Jeff Cameron and Shelley Smith cover the Jameis Winston investigation. (ESPN)
Thursday’s 10 a.m. ET planning meeting in the basement conference room of Building 4 on ESPN’s main campus in Bristol, Conn. included about 40 people from all across the company and focused on how the news gathering unit would cover the findings of the Jameis Winston investigation.
What reporters were where? How many cameras were on the ground in Tallahassee? Were satellite trucks in place? What analysts were available for reaction? Could programming accommodate some shuffling of shows across networks in the afternoon?
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For 40 minutes, Senior Vice President and Director of News Vince Doria led the group in a discussion of what had already been put in motion by a host of behind-the-scenes people once the State Attorney’s press conference was announced Wednesday afternoon. Coordination had been ongoing between the news and assignment desks; the bureau reporters and planning group; digital editors; show producers; programming teams; and a myriad array of some of the hardest working people in the business. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on December 3, 2013 2:30 PM
EDITOR’S NOTE: After this post was published, it was determined that Ron Burgundy’s appearance would not take place.
This statement was issued on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 8:20 p.m. ET:
Ron Burgundy’s scheduled Thurs. appearance on @SportsCenter has been cancelled in light of the potential implications of any news from the State Attorney’s press conference in Fla.
As of this time, there is no rescheduled date for Burgundy on SportsCenter.
As if there weren’t enough reason to watch Thursday’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter – a huge weekend of college football and NFL games on the horizon – the show’s anchor desk will include two “characters,” in every sense of the word.
“When the opportunity presents itself to have the quintessential ‘Anchorman’ guest host SportsCenter,” said Jack Obringer, senior coordinating producer for the show, “you take advantage of it. I don’t know how to put this. . . but he’s kind of a big deal.”
So, in addition to regular anchors John Anderson and Lindsay Czarniak, the SC studio will welcome KVWN Channel Four News anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and the station’s sportscaster, Champ Kind (David Koechner). continue reading…
posted by David Scott on December 2, 2013 9:42 AM
Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 had no shortage of compelling sports storylines, maybe none moreso than Saturday’s Iron Bowl where host No. 4 Auburn beat No. 1 Alabama in thrilling fashion.
Here, ESPN stage manager Mike Ruhlman explains how the College GameDay set got constructed on-field amid a chaotic postgame scene:
As the small group of ESPN Staff and freelance crew prepared to set up for postgame coverage of the Iron Bowl Saturday evening, none of us could have predicted that we would be in the middle of an unbelievable and historic scene.
With a few minutes left in the game, we staged the desk just off the field against the end zone wall in order to be able to move quickly into place once the game ended and to potentially go live (if the game result turned out to be compelling enough!) once CBS coverage concluded.
We would set up as quickly as possible, knock out a couple of segments and those of us that had flights that night would scurry off to the airport. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on November 25, 2013 9:41 AM
Some of what you might have missed over the weekend and what’s coming up from ESPN:
1. The Sunday NFL Countdown crew welcomed a special guest to the Bristol, Conn. “bunker.”
2. Don’t forget: Feast Week kicks off today.
3. GameDay was a hit in Stillwater. The show will head to Auburn for Saturday’s showdown. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on November 18, 2013 9:54 AM
Brian Griese (l) and Dave Pasch. (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
Before we get to some of what you may have missed over the weekend and what’s coming up from ESPN, a glimpse into Dave Pasch’s jam-packed week of assignments.:
What a relief this week will be for ESPN’s multi-sport workhorse, play-by-play man, Dave Pasch.
“Only 3 games this week,” he joked in a weekend email exchange with Front Row.
Pasch, is coming off a four-game, five-city week that saw him call an NCAA men’s basketball game (BYU/Stanford) with Seth Greenberg), an NBA contest (Knicks/Hawks with Hubie Brown), a college football matchup (Ohio St./Illinois with Brian Griese) and an NFL radio call for the Arizona Cardinals’ flagship station. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on November 13, 2013 5:37 PM
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posted by David Scott on November 12, 2013 3:17 PM
ESPN is the midst of nearly 30 straight hours of college basketball in its annual Tip-Off Marathon. In preparation for No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) and No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 4 Duke (10 p.m., ESPN), we’ve compiled some of the social buzz surrounding the basketball junkie’s favorite “holiday.”
But first, a brief video featuring some familiar ESPN faces explaining what college basketball means to them:
Includes, in order of appearance: Jay Bilas, Bruce Pearl, Sean Farnham, Doris Burke, Seth Greenberg and Carolyn Peck.
posted by David Scott on November 11, 2013 9:20 AM
Some of what you may have missed over the weekend and what’s coming up from ESPN:
1. Front Row salutes the country’s veterans. Here’s our crew in South Korea that proudly brought the Armed Forces Classic to fans.
2. There was more than one football game played in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
3. Grantland’s latest @30for30 short takes us back to an ancient time before computers were in vogue!