“It” was last Saturday’s halftime interview of Eminem (a.k.a. Marshall Mathers) by Saturday Night Football announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit during ESPN’s Notre Dame-Michigan telecast.
Eminem stopped by the booth to introduce a premiere sneak peek of the official video for “Berzerk” – the first single from his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, set to be released on Nov. 5. ESPN also announced last week that “Berzerk” will be the featured song on the 2013 season of Saturday Night Football Presented by Windows on ABC beginning with tomorrow’s match-up of No. 21 Notre Dame at in-state rival Purdue (8 p.m. ET).
Musburger spoke with Front Row about the interview, his wife’s thoughts on it, autographs and more.
Reaching new frontiers has always been the mindset at ESPN. Hence, the network is working with NASA to supply an automated feed of content to astronauts living and working at the International Space Station. That effort reached a new level this week when astronaut and former U.S. Navy Seal Chris Cassidy read an introduction of SportsCenter’s “Top 10 Plays” from space.
“ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans any time, anywhere,’’ said Todd Myers, director Programming & Acquisitions. “Now we have the opportunity to serve sports fans in space – the final frontier if you will. It’s really out of this world that we’re able to do this.” continue reading…
Tomorrow, ESPN NFL analyst Eric Mangini will play host to his 12th annual Football Fundamentals Mini Camp at Bulkeley High School in ESPN’s backyard in Hartford, Conn. A native of the area, Mangini spoke with Front Row about his high school days, how he got into coaching and his plans for the camp.
USA Football Heads Up players perform drills with their coach. (Credit: USA Football)
Chris Golic is recognized for many things. She’s the wife of Mike & Mike co-host Mike Golic and the mom of former Notre Dame football players Mike Jr. and Jake — as well as current Fighting Irish swimmer Sydney. This week, Chris officially took on a new role as a member of The USA Football Heads Up Football Advisory Committee.
Consisting of 22 men and women representing youth football experts, retired NFL players, educators and medical professionals, the committee was created to advance Heads Up Football’s mission to promote player safety for children in all 50 states who love to play the sport and gain from its rewards. continue reading…
Listeners know Mike & Mike co-host Mike Golic is an excitable individual, whether it’s about Notre Dame, his kids’ athletic accomplishments, or even doughnuts.
Mike Golic Jr. (Photo courtesy of Mike Golic)
His son Mike, Jr., a Notre Dame offensive lineman entering this past weekend’s NFL Draft, expresses excitement differently. Moments after signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent – after going undrafted — Mike Jr. Tweeted: continue reading…
ESPN play by play announcers Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)
NEW ORLEANS — Last night’s NCAA Women’s National Title game victory by UConn signified the end of the college basketball season. But for members of ESPN’s broadcast team, that end is a beginning — starting tonight.
Play-by-play announcer Dave O’Brien is on the call for the Red Sox radio network as Boston hosts Baltimore; Doris Burke goes from color analyst last night to NBA sideline reporter for tonight’s Brooklyn-Boston game (8 p.m., ESPN); and director Michael Schwab helms the second half of ESPN’s NBA doubleheader as Denver hosts San Antonio, with Dave Pasch and Hubie Brown on the call. continue reading…
NEW ORLEANS — It’s NCAA Women’s Final Four time and that means Creative Content Unit Associate Producer Tara Baker is making magic in the edit room producing a variety of “teases,” “bump(er)s” and “opens” for the 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game telecasts.
Last season, she showcased the personalities of the teams in photo-booth inspired teases that aired throughout the tournament. This year, the team’s personalities are framed within the energy of a music video. continue reading…
Pat Yasinskas joined ESPN in January 2008 as the NFC South writer for ESPN.com’s NFL Nation blog network.
He previously covered the Carolina Panthers for the Charlotte Observer and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the Tampa Tribune. In addition to following these teams, as well as the Saints and Falcons, in his current role, Yasinskas is providing scouting reports in the month ahead on the 12 NFL Draft prospects who are participating in the fourth installment of Jon Gruden’s QB Camp series.(Full QB Camp TV schedule.)
Yasinskas has attended several QB Camp film sessions in Gruden’s Tampa office (aka the F.F.C.A., or Fired Football Coaches Association), including Monday’s visit with All-America Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, a projected first-round pick. (The SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp: Manti Te’o episode will debut Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET.)
This is the first time you have covered Gruden’s QB Camp. What are your impressions so far?
It’s beyond what I expected. It’s fascinating. I’m blown away by what a big process it is. The half-hour shows with commercials are probably 23 minutes. They are doing four hours of film work and chalkboard work, and in some cases they are also doing an hour-long workout. What you see on TV is probably one-eighth of what goes on. Also, the preparation by Jon — he has so much film of each kid, as well as plays that are similar to the points he’s trying to make. He obviously spends days getting ready for each guy. And I can honestly say that from an X’s and O’s standpoint, I have learned more in these four sessions than I have in the 18 or 19 years that I’ve been covering the NFL.
What’s the reaction of the players when they come through QB Camp?
I’ve been surprised that everyone I’ve seen has been very relaxed. It’s amazing the comfort level that all of them have developed with Jon. None of them looks like a 22-year-old college kid who knows he’s on national TV. They look like they are just sitting there with a coach, chatting and breaking down film and drawing up plays. I’ve been very impressed with how I’ve seen the kids handle it.
Samantha Ponder interviews Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey after the Irish defeated Louisville in five overtimes on Saturday. (ESPN)
ESPN was able to capture another historic night on the hardwood when the host, No. 25 Notre Dame topped No. 11 Louisville, 104-101 in five overtimes this past Saturday.
The game ended in regulation tied at 60 before both teams powered through the extra sessions making for 3 hours and 40 minutes of riveting television. ESPN’s Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Samantha Ponder had the call of the Top 25 matchup and the College GameDay presented by State Farm crew of Rece Davis, Jay Bilas and Digger Phelps were also on hand to witness the excitement.
Veteran ESPN producer Phil Dean was in the truck making the critical calls to get the viewers the best possible view from Purcell Pavilion. While Dean was not on-hand for the unforgettable 6 overtime game between Connecticut and Syracuse during the Big East Championship in 2009, he did produce the seven-overtime Arkansas football win over Ole Miss in 2001. So, five overtimes is nothing to him – well, almost nothing!
When a game goes into OT, what normal procedures have to be executed regarding air time, commercials, etc.? What communications are made?
The associate director works with Bristol on commercial breaks but we are very flexible. At the end of this regulation, we made the decision to stay and show a highlight of ND’s Jerian Grant, who scored 12 points in 45 seconds to lead the Irish comeback. The first called timeout of each overtime is a media timeout. Again, we can choose on-site whether or not we want to stay or go based on what had happened in the telecast.
As each additional OT took place, what other concerns come to the forefront? How is your “game plan” altered?continue reading…