Who says you never get a second chance to make a first impression? A year ago, ESPN features unit manager Denny Wolfe was scheduled to be a producer for President Barack Obama’s now-annual bracket completion exercise with ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz. But a 2012 Selection Sunday hockey game left Wolfe with a concussion and strict orders from his wife and his coordinating producer not to travel. continue reading…
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On Presidents Day, Outside The Lines host Bob Ley reflects on his many Head Of State ESPN interviews
Editor’s note: As the photo gallery above reflects, several U.S. Presidents have appeared on ESPN’s airwaves through the years. On Presidents Day, Outside The Lines host Bob Ley shares his memories of his interviews with the Chief Executives.
It’s impressive enough boarding Air Force One, and being seated in the forward guest cabin, with five other passengers.
Nine days before the 1992 Presidential election, that’s where I found myself.
Suddenly, out of the hallway on the left side of the cabin there was a stir, and then standing in front of us, wearing his Presidential flight jacket, is George Herbert Walker Bush. Apparently, he made it a custom to say hello to guests prior to takeoff.
We were to fly from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to Detroit, and had arrangements to interview the President en route about his sporting career and interests for an Outside the Lines program airing in several days.
This was the morning after the Toronto Blue Jays had defeated the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 to win the World Series. As we were interviewing President Bush in the Air Force One Conference Room, the White House staff — from 35,000 feet over Pennsylvania — was trying to arrange a congratulatory Presidential phone call to Toronto skipper Cito Gaston.
The call never came to fruition, but I spent 20 minutes with the President as he spoke of meeting Babe Ruth during Mr. Bush’s collegiate career at Yale, and getting a base hit off of Milt Pappas during a Triple A all-star game.
Fourteen years later, under very different circumstances, I interviewed President Bush at the re-opening of the Louisiana Superdome, one year after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on March 15, 2012 9:29 AM
Between March 12 and 14 two white boards, both alike in dignity, traveled over 1300 miles from Cheshire, Conn. to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C. and back to Bristol, Conn. Emblazoned with the Presidential Seal and the Final Four logos, the boards were, over their journey, touched by no fewer than four producers, three camera men, two ESPN executives, two ESPN reporters and one Leader of the Free World.
Thanks to the Features Unit Manager Drew Gallagher, Coordinating Producer Valerie Gordon and Feature Producers Sharon Kum and Miriam Greenfield, the white boards accomplished their presidential mission. ESPN Front Row brings you an exclusive look at the epic journey of the two boards, culled from interviews with the principals, including exclusive access to the boards themselves.
Monday, March 12
11 a.m. Sharon and Miriam pick up the dry erase boards in Cheshire at board making company.
6:30 p.m. Boards arrive in Washington D.C. and check into a deluxe, king, non-smoking room at the Hilton. Wake-up call set for 6 a.m. (the early board catches the worm, you know).
Tuesday, March 13
9:30am. Boards loaded into vehicle, driven two blocks to the White House. ESPN staffers hand carry the two boards, each measuring 3 feet by 5 feet, to the media gate.
10 a.m. Boards sniffed by security dogs. Boards sniff back. Cleared.
11 a.m. Boards staged outside White House kitchen. Aromas are much better than security dogs.
posted by Rachel Siegal on March 14, 2012 3:15 PM
On Tuesday, ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz shared his thoughts on reporting on President Barack Obama’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship bracket.
Today, we explore President Obama’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship bracket with ESPN reporter Doris Burke. Like Katz, Burke visited the White House on Tuesday to quiz the President on his selections.
The President’s selections for the women’s bracket and video will be revealed on SportsCenter at 9 a.m. EDT, Friday, March 16.
Burke shared some insights on her visit with Front Row.
FR: What were the President’s Final Four selections for this year’s women’s bracket?
DB: This year, the President went a little off course by choosing a No. 3 seed to advance to the Women’s Final Four in St. John’s with a win over No. 1 Stanford. He then took the other three top seeds in Baylor, Connecticut and Notre Dame.
FR: Did anything out of the ordinary happen during the bracket selection?
DB: This is the first time the President has gone outside chalk and picked a non-favorite to advance to the Women’s Final Four. The St. John’s women’s team caught his eye this year when the Red Storm snapped UConn’s 99-home game-winning streak. He found that impressive.
While St. John’s has its highest-ever seed, the President sees them as a bit of a Cinderella team, and thinks they can knock off the top-seeded Cardinal. Over the past three years, he has selected the four No. 1 seeds, so this is the lowest team he has advanced to the final weekend.
FR: It has been three years since you first visited the White House for the bracket selection, is the excitement levels still at its peak? continue reading…