Super Bowl winning head coach and NFL pioneer Tom Flores visited Bristol recently to address employees for an ESPN Newsmaker. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
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In 1984, Flores celebrated his second Super Bowl victory as Raiders head coach (Click To Enlarge). (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
In many ways, Tom Flores is a pioneer.
The NFL’s second Hispanic head coach (Tom Fears was the first), the first quarterback in Oakland Raiders history and one of only three men to win Super Bowl rings as a player and head coach, Flores admires pioneering spirit.
Senior Talent Producer Lisa Stokes keeps track of the College Football Coaches Car Wash with the help of these logistical charts. (Rich Arden/ESPN Images)
Fifty head coaches from four of the country’s major conferences have been crisscrossing ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus the past week to participate in the largest College Football “Car Wash” ever.
Each coach will have up to 15 interviews during his one-day visit, for a total of 480 interviews spanning eight days, from July 22 to Aug. 1. Senior Talent Producer Lisa Stokes and her team are the organizers for this event that helps build and strengthen important relationships between the guests and ESPN — and gives fans incredible access to their favorite coaches. continue reading…
On Wednesday, musician Darius Rucker stopped by Bristol to participate in an ESPN Car Wash and chat about his love of sports, as well as his latest country music album True Believers.
In the video above, he sits down with Front Row to talk about why he loves visiting ESPN, what he would do if he worked at ESPN and which ESPN personality he wants to sing a bonus track with.
Rucker has plenty of experience with ESPN, including a role as a guest picker on College GameDay. As lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, he teamed with ESPN to create the music video for one of the band’s many hit singles, Only Wanna be With You.
This week, Street League Skateboard star and X Games athlete Nyjah Huston stopped by ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus for the “Car Wash” series of interviews.
Next week he’ll be in Germany, one of hundreds of athletes competing in X Games Munich from Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30. X Games Munich will air on multiple ESPN platforms. continue reading…
ARDMORE, Pa. — When you’re a two-time champion of the U.S. Open, and you work as a high-profile television golf analyst, chances are you’re going to be busy leading up to the annual renewal of the prestigious tournament. Such has been the case for Andy North and Curtis Strange, who this week are in the Philadelphia area for ESPN’s coverage of the 113th U.S. Open. ESPN’s telecasts of live play from Merion Golf Club begin Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.
Not only are North (on-course reporter) and Strange (hole announcer) working on the live telecasts, they’re also busy at Merion with analysis for SportsCenter, which is airing one-hour specials each day of the event as well as reports on the hour. North also is doing a daily program for ESPN.com and Strange is lending his expert analysis to ESPN Radio’s live broadcasts and to ESPN3’s daily coverage of a featured group and the 11th and 18th holes. continue reading…
Nerlens Noel turned 19 years old in April. To our knowledge, ESPN’s cameras were not present at his birthday party. But ESPN has chronicled many milestone moments in the former University of Kentucky basketball star’s development.
In April 2012, ESPN aired his head-turning commitment to the Wildcats; in October, ESPN captured his first collegiate practices; in February 2013, the 6-foot, 10-inch shot blocker suffered a season-ending injury in a game airing on ESPN’s platforms. The next significant step in Noel’s career happens tonight on ESPN when the NBA conducts the 2013 Draft Lottery (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on KIA NBA Countdown) before Game 2 of the San Antonio Spurs-Memphis Grizzlies Western Conference Finals duel. continue reading…
By now you’ve heard and read countless times — on this blog and elsewhere — about how ESPN and our campus here in Bristol, Conn., is a great place to work. Every week we host world-class athletes and other famous people from sports and entertainment, which is just part of the appeal. But, every so often, we have guests on campus who bring a slightly different perspective, appreciation and enthusiasm for this place.
Such was the case last week, when the winners of the espnW Hackathon — Ditaya Das, Divya Natesan and Pooja Gada, all Carnegie Mellon University grads — spent a day with us in Bristol. Their visit was part of their grand prize award, which included a VIP tour of campus and an ESPN meet-and-greet with leaders of ESPN’s Digital Media and espnW teams, including presentation of their “iSports” app, which won the competition last fall.
Check out their version of an ESPN “Car Wash” in the video above.
On Monday, Team USA soccer forward and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan visited ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus to talk about her new book The Kicks: Saving the Team.
Morgan’s packed ESPN Car Wash schedule included a stop at SportsCenter, where she took shots against goalkeeper and Numbers Never Lie commentator Hugh Douglas, and an ESPN Newsmaker, where she talked with ESPN employees about her journey to becoming a professional soccer player.
In the Front Row video above, she discusses — among other things — her This is SportsCenter spot, the new espnW Women in Sports wall and some of her favorite ESPN MLS commentators.
Actor and comedian Steve Carell stopped by ESPN on Thursday for a Car Wash in promotion of his new movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, opening today nationwide.
Carell’s crowded schedule on the Bristol, Conn. campus included stopping by SportsCenter, where he channeled his inner Brick Tamland (from Anchorman) as he commented on “Top Plays” with anchors Sarah Walsh and Kevin Negandhi. He also broke “fake” news that, according to his “sources,” ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter has been sending out bogus Tweets.
In the Front Row video above, Carell talks about his ESPN visit, his sportscaster catchphrase (think Dick Vitale’s “That’s awesome, baby!”) and his ideal SportsCenter co-host.