posted by Hannah Worster on November 2, 2013 9:40 AM
In the 2012 meeting between Missouri and Tennessee, the Tigers won 51-48 in four overtimes.
(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy makes it a point to call a few events on the road every year. Tonight he’s in Columbia, Mo., for the SEC duel featuring Tennessee at No. 9 Missouri (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET), his first college football assignment of the season. He’ll be joined in Memorial Stadium by analyst Brian Griese and sideline reporter Tom Luginbill.
Levy is no stranger to college football booths: From 1999-2002, he was the play-by-play voice for games on ESPN2. He spoke to Front Row about the lure of describing live action.
What draws you to continue to work play-by-play on a few events each year?
I really enjoy play-by-play. I love the feel of the energy from the crowds and being in a part of the country that I might not have seen before. I love being in the middle of the action where I can continue to keep my perspective of how difficult it is to play these sports. Play-by-play and anchoring are on such opposite ends of the spectrum. I’m going to do a three-and-a-half-hour telecast and totally invest my energy into these two teams that will end up being about 90-seconds on SportsCenter. I firmly believe getting on the road once or twice a year helps me be a better SportsCenter anchor.
What is the best part of doing SportsCenter to you? continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on October 28, 2013 3:34 PM
Dr. Mark Adickes, a former NFL offensive lineman, joins ESPN as a medical correspondent. In the photo above right, Adickes (61) is protecting former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Todd Blackledge, now an ESPN college football analyst. (Photo courtesy Kansas City Chiefs).
Stephania Bell, Injury Analyst, Fantasy Sports:
The particular expertise of Stephania Bell, ESPN.com senior writer and host of ESPN Radio’s Fantasy Focus, perfectly complements Drs. Kaplan and Adickes on ESPN’s “medical staff.” With more than 20 years of experience in orthopedics and sports medicine, Bell’s insight allows her to convey post-injury expectations to ESPN viewers.
“I’ve seen firsthand how athletes recover from injury — some constantly press the envelope and challenge previously established timetables, like Adrian Peterson, while others may struggle to regain their pre-injury form,” said Bell, who received her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami.
“The fantasy sports audience has an insatiable thirst for injury information since it’s so critical to setting weekly lineups, and as a long-time fantasy player myself, I can identify with them,” Bell said. “They have incorporated terms like ‘Lisfranc’ into their sports vernacular and recognize why high ankle sprains can be tricky. For me, one of the biggest rewards is getting emails or Tweets from fans saying, ‘Thanks for explaining that. Now I understand what that injury really means.’”
With NFL fans seemingly spending more time fretting over X-ray results than game results, ESPN has enlisted another medical correspondent — Dr. Mark Adickes, Co-Medical Director of the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
“With the rash of injuries in the NFL this season, we felt it was imperative to enhance that part of our reporting,” said Senior Vice President and Director of News Vince Doria. “Dr. Adickes provides us someone with the unique combination of professional football playing experience and an impressive medical background.” continue reading…
posted by Bill Hofheimer on May 17, 2013 1:00 PM
MLB reporter Buster Olney spoke at the Northern State University commencement ceremony.
Mike Tirico participates in the commencement ceremony at Syracuse University. (Photo credit: Syracuse University)
Graduation season is an exciting time of year at campuses across the country.
High school and college students receive their diplomas, marking the culmination of years of hard work, study and hopefully a little fun as well.
Before students go out into the “real” world or matriculate to college, they will hopefully take away one last lesson from the commencement speakers at their graduation ceremonies. continue reading…
posted by Kevin Ota on May 10, 2012 4:25 PM
ESPN.com senior writer and injury analyst Stephania Bell joined the network in 2007.
There is no offseason for sports injuries.
Stephania Bell, ESPN’s injury analyst and an ESPN.com senior writer, is constantly on the network’s platforms providing insights into what ails athletes.
A physical therapist who is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist, Bell also is an avid fantasy sports player and contributes heavily to ESPN Fantasy. Her love of sports helped pave her path to ESPN.
Front Row asked Bell about sports injury trends, insight into how she does her job, and “The Curse of Stephania Bell.”
With the attention being drawn to concussions, where would you want to see the leagues’ focus be placed: Education; prevention; equipment; something else?
If I had to choose, then education would come first and foremost and the reason is simple: Everything else flows forward from there. The increased public discourse regarding concussions, which is largely due to happenings within the NFL, is a positive step. People understandably have many questions not only about the condition itself but also regarding safety in sports participation. Unfortunately, medicine doesn’t have all the answers when it comes to concussions but we continue to learn more daily. As medical knowledge and understanding of concussion recognition and management grows, that information can be shared with the public to help develop better teaching and training programs for coaches, parents and athletes as well as enhancements in the area of prevention and treatment. The more educated we all become on this emotionally-charged topic, the more rational and informed decisions we will make going forward.
How do you push the envelope and provide unique insights to fans?
I get ideas daily. They might come from something I see on air, something I read or something suggested by someone else. It usually starts with a story I feel passionately about which I think warrants a deeper look. The Brian Roberts piece [a Sept. 2011 Outside The Lines feature about the MLB player's problems with concussions] came out of a desire for me to show that there are some therapies that seem to be helping people with certain types of concussive injuries. We have such a unique platform here to be able to provide accurate, credible information in an audience-pleasing way — via the stories of athletes — and I’m just thrilled to be a part of it.
Can you recall a short time span with so many severe injuries suffered by superstars: Derrick Rose in the NBA, Terrell Suggs in the NFL and Mariano Rivera in baseball? What’s it been like reporting on so many situations? continue reading…