Millions of people enjoy a smorgasbord of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and dozens of other traditional food options on Thanksgiving every year. For the first time in a decade, they can add some Egg Bowl to the menu with the return of the Ole Miss and Mississippi State showdown to ESPN’s Thursday night college football lineup (7:30 ET). continue reading…
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posted by Mike Humes on November 28, 2013 8:00 AM
posted by Front Row Staff on November 14, 2013 11:15 AM
ESPN extends thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of our former colleague, Todd Christensen. A five-time Pro Bowl tight end who won two Super Bowls with the Raiders, Christensen died Wednesday from complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57.
A 10-year NFL standout, Christensen played 136 of his 137 career games for the Raiders and led the league in single-season receptions twice before retiring after the 1988 campaign. In 1995, the former BYU star joined ESPN as a college football commentator for several years.
SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy, a former play-by-play partner of Christensen’s at ESPN, hailed his friend on Twitter: continue reading…
posted by Tania Eicoff on November 13, 2013 3:10 PM
Sideline reporter Holly Rowe tells compelling college football stories in her ‘Front Rowe’ espnW series
Holly Rowe juggles many assignments for ESPN, working as a play-by-play announcer during the women’s collegiate basketball season and a sideline reporter for various sports ranging from college football and basketball to the NBA and WNBA. She’s also developed a video feature series for espnW entitled “Front Rowe.”
Each week, Rowe produces an in-depth feature that’s related to the college football game she’s covering or has covered as a sideline reporter. For instance, the Week 11 “Front Rowe” installment focused on an interesting aspect of the Nov. 2 Michigan-Michigan State game: Each school has a neurologist on the sidelines.
Rowe also is a one-person remote production unit for the “Front Rowe” series, with an assist from a Bristol, Conn. teammate for finishing touches.
“I shoot it on my iPad and edit it in iMovie. [Associate Producer, Original Content] Ashly Robinson puts in some of the graphics, b-roll and some music,” said Rowe, who learned some editing skills by attending Apple workshop classes. “I’m my own mobile studio, me, my iPad, tripod and microphone. It’s hilarious.”
Rowe tells Front Row more about “The Front Rowe” on espnW.
How do you discover your stories? continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on October 25, 2013 2:11 PM
Call it a case of art imitating life and then life imitating art.
This memorable “This is SportsCenter” ad told the “tale” of a young man who thought he was ready for the big time but soon found out, as anchor Bob Ley says in the spot, “. . . bottom line is he just came out too soon.”
Last Saturday, another youngster attempted to make the leap from (grade) school to SportsCenter and this time, the results were markedly better. continue reading…
posted by Laurel Daggett on October 24, 2013 8:00 AM
Welcome to another edition of Front Row’s #TBT: Throwback Thursday.
In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we pay tribute to the art of improvising.
According to some members of our early remote production crews, ESPN should have been called the Improv Sports Programming Network. Back in those days, when those crews showed up at a site, they’d never know what they’d have to work with in terms of tools. But the pickup-truck with camera-platforms were regular features.
It was typical for school carpenters to build platforms for the school-supplied or rented trucks. The platforms were mounted inside the truck bed and gave our camera operators a little height and stability.
We think that our camera men and women are feeling a little more comfortable now as evidenced in the photo at right. While this shot was snapped at an NFL game, all of the same technologies used for those productions are also employed in our college football telecasts.
posted by Hannah Worster on October 19, 2013 7:00 AM
ICYMI: This week on Front Row; PLUS: Clemson entrance will again set stage for monster matchup on ABC
Tonight’s Top 5 showdown – the first such matchup of the season – between No. 5 Florida State and No. 3 Clemson (ABC, 8 p.m. ET) marks College GameDay Built by The Home Depot’s second visit to Clemson this season.
Fans will likely remember the spine-tingling stadium entrance aired prior to the telecast of Clemson’s win over Georgia (above). Well, get ready to be thrilled again, as ABC will bring the chills back in the run up to tonight’s ACC battle.
Front Row asked Senior Coordinating Producer, College Football Ed Placey for his insight into how his team handled – and will handle – the grand entrance of the Tigers, in addition to that of the Seminoles.
How did the Week 1′s Clemson open come about? continue reading…
posted by David Scott on October 18, 2013 8:00 AM
The hype has been building all week for Saturday’s ACC showdown between No. 5 Florida State and No. 3 Clemson (ABC, 8 p.m. ET). Some are calling it the biggest football game in league history. Others believe the winner has an inside track to the BCS title game.
But when the dust settles late Saturday night, it could very well be a growing viral video and song (and GIF) spurred by an impromptu, live request from ESPN reporter Jeannine Edwards that is most remembered from the clash of undefeateds.
“When I saw the video and song I was laughing so hard I doubled over,” said Edwards, who will be the sideline reporter for Saturday’s Oregon State at California game (ESPN2, 10;30 p.m.). “I mean, who wrote it, who sang it, where did it come from?? I have no idea. But they’re clever, and they work fast. That thing wasn’t even 24 hours old.” continue reading…
posted by David Scott on October 7, 2013 9:38 AM
Some of what you may have missed over the weekend from ESPN:
1. ESPN Radio’s coverage of the MLB Playoffs features more than just insightful analysis from the likes of Chris Singleton, as evidenced by the tweet below. Said Singleton: “It was a thrill making that grab in such a big game! I hadn’t caught one from the booth since 2007. I was tracking it the entire way and stood up at the last moment when I realized it was actually going to enter the booth and I made a clean grab.”
— Chris Singleton (@c_singleton) October 4, 2013
posted by Hannah Worster on October 5, 2013 8:35 AM
Before tonight’s Big Ten slugfest – Ohio State at Northwestern (ABC, 8 p.m. ET) – ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (ESPN, 9 a.m.) will set the morning table for a football feast from Northwestern’s campus.
Between the analysis and the predictions for Saturday’s big games by GameDay’s team of experts, the show will present college football stories big and small. What makes a great College GameDay feature? In the video above, reporters Samantha Ponder, Gene Wojciechowski and Tom Rinaldi talk about the keys to great storytelling.
Video produced by Dave Williams and Keri Potts
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row continue reading…
posted by Amanda DeCastro on October 4, 2013 8:00 AM
ESPN has descended upon Northwestern University en masse in advance of tomorrow’s much anticipated college football matchup of No. 4 Ohio State at No. 16 Northwestern (Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, ABC).
ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike kicked off the weekend by broadcasting live this morning starting at 5 a.m. CT. The festivities continue throughout the day and Saturday morning when College GameDay Built by The Home Depot makes its first visit to Evanston, Ill., since 1995. continue reading…