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Here, from the ESPN PR universe, are some of the Tweets, posts and other commentary you may have missed.
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But first, a look at ESPN Deportes plans for tonight’s big game (Spanish translation following “Weekend Tweetback”):
Over the last few years, ESPN has televised college football across Latin America and for the first time this year, ESPN Deportes has delivered coverage of the each of the Bowl Championship Series games in the United States.
Front Row caught up with two of ESPN Deportes’ college sports experts, Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega, who will be calling tonight’s Championship in Spanish. They shared their perspectives about college sports and the growth among Latino fans in the U.S.
How long have you been covering college football in Spanish for ESPN? How many Championships? Varela: 78 Bowls starting in 1994 (including) eight Rose, seven Orange, seven Fiesta and five Sugar (10 National Championship Games) Viruega: I started calling college games in 1999, back in Mexico, and have covered all championship games since 2008.
What is your favorite part of covering this sport? Varela: My favorite part is the intensity and level of competition of both the athletes and the fans. I love the sound of 100,000 fans screaming at the top of their lungs during 3rd and 3, even if it’s through the TV. Viruega: The passion and devotion for the school’s colors in college sports overall. They battle for their colors and the common goal of representing their school, which you don’t (always) see in professional sports.
What is your perspective on the growth of college sports among U.S. Hispanics?continue reading…
Imagine meeting football icons such as Archie Griffin, Tim Brown, Marcus Allen and Robert Griffin III.
Now imagine co-starring with them and several other former college football stars as part of Nissan Heisman House, the ongoing campaign featured across ESPN and created in concert with Nissan USA, TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles and OMD.
The virally designed sweepstakes launched Jan. 1 and gives fans a chance to enter a contest that grants the grand prize winner a role in next season’s installment of the “Heisman House” campaign. Fans have been encouraged to create original tweets incorporating #NissanHeismanHouse as well as retweet from the Twitter handles @NissanUSA and @ESPNPromotions as a means of entering the contest.
After the Notre Dame-Alabama duel for the Discover BCS National Championship ends (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio & ESPN 3D), a winning Heisman House contest entrant will be chosen at random and be notified via Twitter.
Notre Dame alum Brown — the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner who co-stars with ESPN analyst Desmond Howard in the new Heisman House custom spot seen above — is looking forward to the campaign’s third season. continue reading…
Former University of Texas Longhorn and 1998 Heisman Trophy Award-winner Ricky Williams appears in the latest Nissan Heisman House spot set to debut on TV tomorrow. In the spot, Williams shares a bonding moment with Texas mascot, Bevo.
To produce the ad, ESPN traveled to Bevo’s home ranch in Austin, Texas back in June. ESPN Front Row caught up with Ashley Smith, senior director, ESPN CreativeWorks to learn more about Bevo’s starring role.
University of Texas mascot, Bevo
How did the shoot with Bevo come together?
We collaborated with the Nissan creative agency Chiat on the Heisman House campaign and one of the ideas centered on Bevo. Rather than travel Bevo across the country to our Heisman House location, we decided it would be easier to go to his ranch outside Austin, Texas and shoot on a green screen. Our partners at the University of Texas and our colleagues at the Longhorn Network were instrumental in providing access to this iconic collegiate mascot.
Those famous, inspirational words spoken by Fightin’ Irish hero Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger are part of one of the most iconic sports films of all time.
Except, they are actually spoken by actor Sean Astin, who still — 19 years later — gets mistaken for the famous character he once portrayed.
In the latest spot from the Nissan Heisman House, a project of ESPN’s CreativeWorks team, 1987 Heisman winner Tim Brown — one of seven Heisman honorees from the university — reminisces with Astin about their days at Notre Dame. Astin’s kind enough to play along. continue reading…