posted by Hannah Worster on December 4, 2013 4:19 PM
Editor’s note: One of the only things ESPN employees love more than sports is their pets. Here, in the first of a special two-part Lineup, are some of those pets. Come back to Front Row next week for the second part.
1. Jay Crawford, SportsCenter anchor
Pets: Laila (age 3, Golden Retriever), Maddie (age 3 months, Golden Retriever)
Furry Fact: Maddie and Laila are sisters from the same mom and dad in Ohio. According to Crawford, “Maddie is feisty, Laila is gentle and understanding, even though she can’t seem to shake her new shadow!”
2. Jamie Little, Auto Racing & Action Sports reporter
Pets: Ike (l) (Age 4, Boston Terrier), Stella (r) (age 5, Boston Terrier/Pug mix)
Furry Fact: Both Ike and Stella are rescues. Little says, “She was found on the road with a broken pelvis then thrown in a high kill shelter. She was saved by a group that got her medical attention and put her picture online. That’s how we found her!”
3. Chris McKendry, SportsCenter anchor
Pet: Tad (age 2, Labrador Retriever) continue reading…
posted by Andy Hall on October 15, 2013 8:00 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ten ESPN anchors and producers spent three days here last week for the fourth annual “ESPN NASCAR Immersion” at – and around – Charlotte Motor Speedway in what is generally regarded as the “home” of NASCAR. The immersion, a cooperative effort between NASCAR and ESPN, is designed to help the on-air personalities and behind-the-scenes producers learn more about the intricacies of the sport through a hands-on experience.
Participating in the immersion were SportsCenter anchors Linda Cohn, Jade McCarthy, Kevin Negandhi and Bram Weinstein and First Take host Cari Champion. Joining them were SportsCenter senior coordinating producer Mark Summer, highlights producer Jeff McGuire, news editor Ken Fratus, ESPN International producer Ivania Lorenzo and Tim Scanlon, vice president, Talent. continue reading…
posted by Kenny Mayne on October 14, 2013 9:35 AM
Kenny’s cohorts say:
“Finally, I get to work with someone who is my equal when it comes to sweating when seeing the name Nikolai Khabibulin on a highlight sheet. I can’t wait to see the look in his eyes!” – Neil Everett, Kenny’s co-anchor
“During his ‘observation day’ I think Kenny found it was pretty much like riding a bike — once he attended a couple of show meetings and we showed him the rundown, it all came back pretty quickly. Even though it was really just an observation period, he jumped in right away and started pitching story ideas which was a hit with the show group. Kenny is a perfect fit for the LA show — we like to take a few risks, so I see Kenny fitting into this mix extremely well. He will undoubtedly add an interesting twist and delivery to the SportsCenter product. –
Sandy Nunez, coordinating producer
Kenny’s Comeback Calendar
Mon. 11 p.m. PT w/Neil Everett
Tue. 10 p.m. PT w/Stan Verrett
Wed. 10 p.m. PT w/Neil Everett
Thu. 10 p.m. PT w/Neil Everett
Fri. 10 p.m. PT solo
Note: Kenny Mayne looks ahead to tonight’s 11 p.m. PT SportsCenter, which he anchors for the first time since 2008:
There’s some chance this is part of an ESPN step-down program because in addition to asking me to return to SportsCenter-LA part time, the bosses offered me an assistant starter position at the ESPN golf course.
That said, I’m thrilled to return to the show I grew up watching. Actually, I was 19 when the show started. But I hadn’t matured. Still haven’t. How mature can you be if your job is to watch sports for a living? The people in the LA office were very nice on my first day of orientation. One of them said hello.
Maybe it was like when a rookie hits a home run and the veteran players ignore him. I’m really feeling the love. Another LA employee showed me how to pay for a pop at the self-checkout pantry. I don’t think my credit card swipe worked, so the truth is I have stolen $1.50 worth of Coca-Cola from ESPN.
I hope I can find a way to repay ESPN for the beverage and for the opportunity to return to SportsCenter. I like soft drinks that much.
I asked the security guard at the front entrance if I need to sign up for a permanent pass to get in the building when I come down from Seattle to do the shows. He said he’d just let me in. I hope that guy is working Oct. 14th.
Dan Quinn contributed to this post. continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on September 18, 2013 3:19 PM
Jonathan Villar’s encounter with Brandon Phillips’ posterior could become a SportsCenter “Not Top 10″ mainstay. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Which is the more appropriate hashtag for last night’s close encounter at second base? Vote below in the comments.:
Maybe it’s a “Brandon” thing.
Former New York Jets offensive Brandon Moore was the target of highlight jokes as the recipient of face-first stumble by Mark Sanchez which earned the “Butt Fumble” duo the dubious distinction of owning SportsCenter’s “Worst of the Worst” play for an unprecedented 40 weeks before it finally was retired.
Last night, Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips’ posterior was the landing area for Jonathan Villar’s check-to-cheek slide as the Astro’s attempt to stretch a single into a double went terribly wrong. continue reading…
posted by Kristen Hudak on September 11, 2013 4:28 PM
Last week, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN announced a two-year, global initiative with Special Olympics Unified Sports during a ceremony at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus, in conjunction with ESPN’s 34th anniversary. Special guests present for the ceremony included Portland Trail Blazers’ NBA Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, X Games skateboarder Mitchie Brusco, U.S. women’s soccer player Kristine Lilly, Special Olympics International board member and champion figure skater Michelle Kwan, Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Timothy P. Shriver and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Sue Swanson.
SportsCenter anchor and NFL Live host Trey Wingo served as emcee for the ceremony. SportsCenter anchors Jay Harris, Kevin Negandhi, Sage Steele, Kevin Connors and Sara Walsh all participated in the celebration. continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on September 6, 2013 8:00 AM
John Brenkus reenacting the “Butt Fumble” on Sport Science. (ESPN)
SportsCenter is prepared for an historic retirement today.
Jeremy Schaap has penned an essay. John Brenkus’ ESPN Sport Science lab in Burbank, Calif. hatched a scientific analysis.
Here are some plays that challenged, but couldn’t beat, the “Butt Fumble”
· Belgian player Pierre-Yves Winkin misses four straight layups on his own basket
· NFL receiver Danny Amendola spikes ball, hits usher
· Boston Mayor Thomas Menino mangles names of Patriots players
· Condor flies away during National Anthem at hockey game
· Michael Bourn knocks Miguel Cabrera’s ball over wall for HR
· Cheese-rolling in England
· Jimmy Rollins misplays popup off his head
· Singer Carly Rae Jepsen’s first pitch
· Soccer’s Maurides sprains his knee while celebrating
· Bruins Milan Lucic and Jaromir Jagr collide in Stanley Cup Finals
Comments from NFL Hall-of-Famers have been gathered. A list of challengers who failed to defeat the honoree has been compiled (see sidebar). So, after being the butt of jokes and undefeated for 40 straight weeks, the current SportsCenter “Not Top 10: Worst of the Worst” play is being jettisoned. The “Butt Fumble” — the longest-running “Not Top 10″ and “Top 10″ play in SportsCenter history — will be no Moore. continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on July 10, 2013 12:00 PM
posted by Hannah Worster on June 1, 2013 10:10 AM
TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, home of the College World Series
(File photo/Phil Ellsworth/ESPN)
ESPN’s complete coverage of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship began Friday with all 16 sites of the Regionals for the first time. Following the Regionals, which conclude on Monday, ESPN will carry every Super Regional and College World Series game.
ESPN also will launch Bases Loaded for the Regionals, a four-day platform providing unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous games, plus up-to-the-minute commentary from ESPN analysts each day of the Regionals. Bases Loaded will be available today from 2 p.m. ET to midnight; Sunday from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight. ESPN3 will carry the service in its entirety while ESPNU and ESPN2 will simulcast at select times, including between games, during rain delays and when time permits.
A by-the-numbers look at the plan to cover the Regionals: continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on May 28, 2013 4:30 PM
Just like a lot of folks, SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi went home for the holiday weekend. Unlike most folks, his visit was heralded with a public proclamation and a celebratory luncheon.
Sunday was “Kevin Negandhi Day” in his hometown of Phoenixville, Pa., where he received a Borough Proclamation and Key to the City from Mayor Leo Scoda. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on May 28, 2013 9:06 AM
A Holiday Weekend edition of the “Weekend Tweetback”: continue reading…