posted by Carrie Kreiswirth on December 6, 2013 4:24 PM
Although ESPN The Magazine’s third annual Interview issue – highlighting newsmakers of the year including Lance Armstrong, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Ware among others – won’t start arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes until next week, The Mag couldn’t wait to share a preview of the cover story, featuring Broncos star quarterback Peyton Manning and Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy.
ESPN The Magazines’s third annual interview issue.
Editor in Chief Chad Millman provides fans an inside look as to how this special interview came to be:
How did the concept of the Ron Burgundy/Peyton Manning interview come about? continue reading…
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 David Scott on December 3, 2013 2:30 PM
EDITOR’S NOTE: After this post was published, it was determined that Ron Burgundy’s appearance would not take place.
This statement was issued on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 8:20 p.m. ET:
Ron Burgundy’s scheduled Thurs. appearance on @SportsCenter has been cancelled in light of the potential implications of any news from the State Attorney’s press conference in Fla.
As of this time, there is no rescheduled date for Burgundy on SportsCenter.
As if there weren’t enough reason to watch Thursday’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter – a huge weekend of college football and NFL games on the horizon – the show’s anchor desk will include two “characters,” in every sense of the word.
“When the opportunity presents itself to have the quintessential ‘Anchorman’ guest host SportsCenter,” said Jack Obringer, senior coordinating producer for the show, “you take advantage of it. I don’t know how to put this. . . but he’s kind of a big deal.”
So, in addition to regular anchors John Anderson and Lindsay Czarniak, the SC studio will welcome KVWN Channel Four News anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and the station’s sportscaster, Champ Kind (David Koechner). continue reading…
posted by Susan Landry on December 3, 2013 8:00 AM
(Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
Editor’s note: Welcome to Off Camera with. . ., a Front Row series that introduces you to some of the studio anchors who have recently joined ESPN. Today, we meet Cassidy Hubbarth, who joined ESPN in August 2010 as a studio anchor and host for college football, basketball and NBA on ESPN3.
Favorite Team/Sport Moments: I am a die-hard Chicago Bulls fan. I grew up during the Michael Jordan era. We were that family screaming at the TV that you could hear from down the block whenever the Bulls were playing. My favorite Bulls/Jordan memory is when he won his fourth title in 1996. It was the first championship since his return and first since his father was murdered in 1993. Led by Jordan, the Bulls capped off the best season in NBA history on Father’s Day. The shot of Jordan lying on the locker room floor sobbing, in my opinion, is one of the most iconic sports images of all time. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on December 2, 2013 9:42 AM
Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 had no shortage of compelling sports storylines, maybe none moreso than Saturday’s Iron Bowl where host No. 4 Auburn beat No. 1 Alabama in thrilling fashion.
Here, ESPN stage manager Mike Ruhlman explains how the College GameDay set got constructed on-field amid a chaotic postgame scene:
As the small group of ESPN Staff and freelance crew prepared to set up for postgame coverage of the Iron Bowl Saturday evening, none of us could have predicted that we would be in the middle of an unbelievable and historic scene.
With a few minutes left in the game, we staged the desk just off the field against the end zone wall in order to be able to move quickly into place once the game ended and to potentially go live (if the game result turned out to be compelling enough!) once CBS coverage concluded.
We would set up as quickly as possible, knock out a couple of segments and those of us that had flights that night would scurry off to the airport. continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on November 23, 2013 12:12 PM
ESPN’s Samantha Ponder published an essay regarding “Truth and Twitter” on the www.prothirtyone.com blog.
The NFL’s bullying scandal has dominated headlines for much of November and spurred debate. The subject of harassment also has sparked reflections from several ESPN personalities about their own bullying incidents, past and present.
• Dick Vitale, college basketball analyst, shared his experience with cruel taunts that have followed him for years.
• Matthew Berry, senior Fantasy analyst, wrote that he can relate to Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin’s reaction to being bullied. Berry recently shared reader reactions to his bullying column.
• Samantha Ponder, College GameDay reporter, weighed in on how social media amplifies the spotlight — and criticism.
by Sheldon Spencer
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row
• The Lineup: 11 ESPN ‘selfies’ celebrating the 2013 Word of the Year.
• ESPN Digital Media launched an all-new SportsCenter app this week for both iOS and Android smartphones. Learn more about the features of the new app. continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on November 20, 2013 10:24 AM
posted by Susan Landry on November 19, 2013 12:15 PM
SportsCenter anchor Doug Kezirian (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
Editor’s note: Welcome to Off Camera with. . ., a Front Row series that introduces you to some of the studio anchors who have recently joined ESPN. Today, we meet Doug Kezirian, who joined ESPN in July 2012 as a SportsCenter anchor.
How did you choose your profession? My first fantasy baseball draft occurred in the third grade during social studies. We passed around the draft board without getting caught. Journalism surfaced in seventh grade, when I began writing for my school newspaper. I eventually became sports editor and columnist my senior year and we even received national recognition.
Plus, I concurrently wrote for the Los Angeles Daily News as a high school junior and senior. On weekends, I was a paid stringer and covered high school sports. I then attended Brown and majored in economics, as it did not offer a communications or journalism concentration. But I pursued the vocation with a campus radio gig and television summer internships. I was hooked – and still am. continue reading…
posted by Andy Hall on November 19, 2013 9:44 AM
As a NASCAR driver, Jimmie Johnson works in a profession that is not for the fainthearted. By definition, the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion is as brave as they come. Still, when the red light goes on in the SportsCenter studio tonight (6 p.m. ET, ESPN; re-air, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and he is introduced as the first-ever athlete to be a guest host on the show, Johnson might need a bucket for the flop sweat.
“I am scared to death,” Johnson said. “I have a hard enough time at the podium reading a simple acceptance speech. To be on a live show trying to read a teleprompter is one of the most nerve-racking things I’ll do.” continue reading…
posted by David Scott on November 18, 2013 9:54 AM
Brian Griese (l) and Dave Pasch. (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
Before we get to some of what you may have missed over the weekend and what’s coming up from ESPN, a glimpse into Dave Pasch’s jam-packed week of assignments.:
What a relief this week will be for ESPN’s multi-sport workhorse, play-by-play man, Dave Pasch.
“Only 3 games this week,” he joked in a weekend email exchange with Front Row.
Pasch, is coming off a four-game, five-city week that saw him call an NCAA men’s basketball game (BYU/Stanford) with Seth Greenberg), an NBA contest (Knicks/Hawks with Hubie Brown), a college football matchup (Ohio St./Illinois with Brian Griese) and an NFL radio call for the Arizona Cardinals’ flagship station. continue reading…