My plan was to retire off my baseball card collection by my early 30s. Hundreds of Kevin Maas, Phil Plantier and Brien Taylor rookie cards later, I did the next best thing. I joined the World Wide Leader. Just as my Twitter bio (@JoeWalshESPN) says, I manage the ESPN Fan Central team (@ESPN_FanCentral) most of the time, and am a Red Sox, Raiders and Celtics fan all of the time. When I’m not delivering fan service or debating why Alan Trammell, Jack Morris and Tim Raines should be in the Hall of Fame (trust me, they should), I can be found watching a game, at the ESPN gym or back in Colorado hiking with my dog.
posted by Joe Walsh on December 6, 2013 8:00 AM
Lots of great questions this week (including one about pineapple stuffing), so let’s get right into them:
Besides broadcasting the actual FIFA World Cup Draw today, what else will be shown? Will there be analysis before, during and after? – Jeremy
The FIFA World Cup Draw will be on ESPN2/WatchESPN from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET today. Host Bob Ley will be joined by analysts Michael Ballack, Alexi Lalas, Steve McManaman and Santiago Solari in Bristol. Taylor Twellman will join from Kansas City, site of tomorrow’s 2013 MLS Cup game between Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake (4 p.m., ESPN/WatchESPN).
U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard will take over the @espn Twitter account during today’s Draw and provide instant reaction. Use #TimmyTakeover to follow Howard’s comments.
My friend told me about a story done by Tom Rinaldi about the ending of the Alabama-Auburn game. I’ve searched ESPN.com but I’m not sure what the name of the story/video is. – David continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on November 22, 2013 9:56 AM
Before we get to your questions, we wanted to remind everyone about the great weekend of college sports coming up across ESPN networks. In college football, nine of the top 10 teams in the BCS Standings will be on an ESPN network or platform. The men’s college basketball slate is packed with tournament title games tonight through Sunday. It’s a perfect way to get ready for ESPN’s Feast Week Presented By Lowe’s, which starts Monday with the tip-off of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Highlights from 30 years of the Maui Invitational are featured in the video above.
Now onto your questions . . .
How do you select which anchors appear in the “This is SportsCenter” commercials? – Rachel continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on November 5, 2013 2:33 PM
When innocence and necessity clash: E:60 season finale reports on children’s professional Muay Thai fighting in Thailand
Culture, context and consequences will be examined on tonight’s season finale of E:60 (7 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) through a story called “Children of the Ring,” which reports on Thailand’s growing sport of children’s professional Muay Thai fighting and the human rights debate it has spawned.
Reported by Jeremy Schaap and produced by Beein Gim, the feature will challenge viewers to watch with cultural context in mind. An estimated 30,000 Thai children, some as young as seven, fight in a sport funded by organized crime and gambling so they can financially support their families, while exposing themselves to potential negative, long-term medical effects, including brain damage. continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on October 25, 2013 8:00 AM
Before we get to your questions, just a reminder that one week from today, the NBA makes its 2013-14 regular season debut on ESPN with a Friday night doubleheader. First, the new-look Brooklyn Nets host the two-time defending World Champion Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET). The team the Heat beat in last year’s finals, the San Antonio Spurs, visit the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of the doubleheader (10:30 p.m.).
Now, on to your questions…
When will Kenny Mayne’s story about the Elfego Baca Shootout be on? – Michael
Kenny’s latest installment in his Wider World of Sports series, which brought him to New Mexico to participate in the Elfego Baca Golf Tournament, aired this past week during SportsCenter. No worries Michael, you can watch it below. Speaking of SportsCenter, Kenny anchored the show for the first time since 2008 last week.
ESPN was at the Mazda dealership I work at for a story about Alfred Morris and his car. When is this story going to be on? – Travis continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on August 15, 2013 8:00 AM
Steve Levy remembers: Baseball’s summer of ’98, Gretzky’s reign and his favorite SportsCenter co-anchor
Steve Levy has been a SportsCenter anchor since joining ESPN in August of 1993. Along the way, he’s become one of the network’s most respected anchors. In addition to wearing his passion for hockey on his sleeve, Levy has amassed an impressive Hollywood resume with cameo appearances in six major-release films: Mystery, Alaska, Fever Pitch, The Ringer, The Game Plan, Tooth Fairy and Parental Guidance.
In fact, the Long Island native recently shot scenes for future releases, Grudge Match (featuring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) and Million Dollar Arm, with 2013 ESPYS host Jon Hamm.
Favorite SportsCenter memory?
When we took the show to Kuwait in 2004 for “Salute the Troops” and spent the week with our brave men and women in uniform.
Most memorable breaking news stories you’ve covered on SportsCenter? continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on August 13, 2013 1:30 PM
Linda Cohn has been a SportsCenter anchor since 1992. Along the way, she’s co-hosted the first-ever SportsCenter in high definition (June 7, 2004) displayed her versatility across a multitude of ESPN programs, and become known for her candid, unabashed New York fandom.
Front Row recently caught up with Linda to discuss her 20-plus years with the network.
Favorite SportsCenter memory? continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on August 9, 2013 8:00 AM
Before we get into your latest batch of questions, a reminder for fantasy football fans who are preparing for their drafts that Fantasy Football Now returns this Sunday (11 a.m. ET, ESPN2), with host Robert Flores, lead analyst Matthew Berry, football expert Tim Hasselbeck, injury expert Stephania Bell, SportsCenter anchor Sara Walsh and a collection of additional contributors each week. Before the show, check out the latest version of the 2013 ESPN Fantasy Football Top 300 rankings.
Now, onto your questions…
How are the 30 for 30 films selected? – Paul continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on July 26, 2013 12:00 PM
Fan Central Mailbag: CrossFit,
The Open Championship mugs, ESPYS music and SportsCenter’s inspiring ‘Drive’
Before we get to your questions, we just wanted to remind you it soon will be time to adjust your DVR settings. Why? It was recently announced that ESPN and ESPN2 will have a new afternoon schedule beginning Monday, Aug. 5. Here’s all the information you need.
Now, onto your latest batch of questions . . .
I really like the yellow coffee mugs that were on the set of ESPN’s coverage of The Open. Where can I purchase one? – Ken continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on July 12, 2013 8:00 AM
Fan Central Mailbag: ESPN.com forums update; All-Star Futures Game; #HRDerby; NFL Insiders and Nine for IX
Welcome to another edition of the Fan Central Mailbag. Remember, if you have an ESPN-related question, follow us @ESPN_FanCentral and use #FanCentralMB to tweet your questions. You can also e-mail them to FanCentral@ESPN.com.
Fan Central is here to be your go-to source for questions and to get important news, updates and information about everything ESPN. With that, before we get into your latest questions, we wanted to make sure you knew that this coming Wednesday, July 17, ESPN.com will be shutting down its forums permanently. With this change, a Facebook account will be required to post comments on new articles going forward. Previous comments and conversations will be closed for additional commenting but will still be viewable.
Now, onto your questions. continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on June 18, 2013 2:00 PM
Inside Doris Burke’s ‘heart-stopping, terrifying’ NBA Finals interviews with the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich
When fans tune into Game 6 of the NBA Finals tonight (9 p.m. ET, ABC), they don’t know if they’re going to see the San Antonio Spurs win their fifth NBA title or the defending champion Miami Heat extend the series to a Game 7. They do know ESPN reporter Doris Burke and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, considered the toughest interview in the NBA – if not all of sports – are sure to provide compelling content in the form of Popovich’s in-game interview.
Front Row caught up with Burke to discuss what it’s like interviewing Popovich in the heat of competition.
How does Popovich’s interview style compare with his Heat counterpart Erik Spoelstra? continue reading…