Front Row knows you have better things to do all weekend than check your social media feeds, so we do it for you.
Here, from the ESPN PR universe, are some of the Tweets, posts and other commentary you may have missed.
You can thank us later!
Before we get to the Tweetback, ESPN’s First Take will debut a new host AND a new theme song today. For more on Cari Champion, the woman charged with keeping order between the disorderly (Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith) check back with Front Row later today.
“Embrace debate” at 10 a.m. ET (ESPN2), but now embrace the song created exclusively for the show by popular recording artists Wale and Stalley. The song is entitled “Every Word Great” and it was produced in NYC by one of today’s hottest R&B/hip-hop producers, Amadeus.
(L-R) Host Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard and South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier on the College GameDay set. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN)
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will head to Columbia, S.C., site of next Saturday’s SEC matchup of No. 5 Georgia at No. 6 South Carolina (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). College GameDay, in its 26th year, will be making its fifth all-time visit to the Gamecock’s campus, the most recent being October 9, 2010 when then-No. 19 South Carolina toppled then-No. 1 Alabama 35-21.
“The horseshoe is one of the best sites we’ve ever had for College GameDay,” said Lee Fitting, College GameDay Sr. Coordinating Producer. “The picturesque collegiate backdrop creates the perfect setting for the show. Given the fact that a highly-ranked Georgia team is coming to town, it will only add to the excitement of Saturday morning.”
GameDay’s first two visits to Columbia were when current ESPN analyst Lou Holtz held the head coaching reigns for South Carolina. In fact, the only time Lee Corso picked South Carolina with his famous headgear selection (9/11/04 vs. Georgia) — he pegged Holtz as a game changer. South Carolina went on to fall to the Bulldogs, 20-16.
Editor’s Note: As SportsCenter approaches its 50,000th episode (tonight, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN), Front Row will present content related to the show and the milestone. Today, the founder and one of the original anchors discuss the show’s debut.
Beginning in today’s 9 a.m. block of SportsCenter, Chris Berman honored his good friend, the late Tom Mees, by voicing this piece which he penned for Front Row last month. (The video is at the bottom of this post.)
When the two pioneers in the video above — ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen and former anchor George Grande — walked into what is now the SportsNation and UNITE studio several weeks ago, they shared a big hug and an even bigger laugh.
“This was where it all started,” Rasmussen said.
“Yes it is,” Grande replied. “Can you believe it?”
Some 33 years prior, with Rasmussen looking on from the control room and Grande at the anchor desk, the duo was part of the initial team that brought SportsCenter into homes across the country. Now, 49,999 episodes later — the most of any show in the history of the medium — the “little show that could” is a ubiquitous presence in homes, locker rooms, bars and everywhere in between, all over the globe.
Rasmussen and Grande relive that first show in the video above and reminisce about the show’s — and the company’s — humble beginnings.
For more from Bill Rasmussen, please visit his website and follow him on Twitter at @Bill_ESPN. His book, “Sports Junkies Rejoice!: The Birth of ESPN,” can be purchased here.
Rasmussen/Grande Video produced by Tonya Malinowski