posted by Bill Hofheimer on November 15, 2013 1:50 PM
KC Chiefs coach Andy Reid
(Scott Clarke/ESPN Images)
Chris Berman has been the face of ESPN’s NFL studio coverage for more than 30 years. He’s the host and quarterback of Sunday NFL Countdown (10 a.m. ET, ESPN) and Monday Night Countdown (6:30 p.m., ESPN) pregame shows, as well as Monday Night Football halftime and Sunday evening highlight segments on SportsCenter.
On special occasions, Berman visits team facilities to interview coaches or players – as he once did regularly in the early years of ESPN. Last week presented one of those opportunities as he traveled to Kansas City, where he visited head coach Andy Reid, who leads the Chiefs – the NFL’s lone remaining undefeated team (9-0) – into a weekend showdown against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (8-1).
Berman’s conversation with Reid airs this weekend on Sunday NFL Countdown, and excerpts can be seen beginning at 6 p.m. tonight through Saturday morning on SportsCenter’s popular Two Minute Drill. He discusses his visit to Kansas City with Front Row and how he got to know Reid many years ago.
When did you first get to know Reid? continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on October 25, 2013 1:51 PM
posted by Joe Walsh on October 25, 2013 8:00 AM
Before we get to your questions, just a reminder that one week from today, the NBA makes its 2013-14 regular season debut on ESPN with a Friday night doubleheader. First, the new-look Brooklyn Nets host the two-time defending World Champion Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET). The team the Heat beat in last year’s finals, the San Antonio Spurs, visit the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of the doubleheader (10:30 p.m.).
If you haven’t done so yet, get ready for the season by following @ESPNNBA, liking NBAonESPN, and checking out ESPN.com’s 2013-14 team-by-team previews.
Now, on to your questions…
When will Kenny Mayne’s story about the Elfego Baca Shootout be on? – Michael
Kenny’s latest installment in his Wider World of Sports series, which brought him to New Mexico to participate in the Elfego Baca Golf Tournament, aired this past week during SportsCenter. No worries Michael, you can watch it below. Speaking of SportsCenter, Kenny anchored the show for the first time since 2008 last week.
ESPN was at the Mazda dealership I work at for a story about Alfred Morris and his car. When is this story going to be on? – Travis continue reading…
posted by Mac Nwulu on October 18, 2013 4:44 PM
ESPN’s Ray Lewis (r) interviews New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who once was Lewis’ defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens. (Michael T. O’Connor/ESPN)
Two-time Super Bowl champion turned ESPN analyst Ray Lewis ranks as one of the top linebackers in NFL history. His ascension to first ballot Hall of Fame status during his 17 NFL seasons is a credit to Lewis’ own work ethic and to the coaches who guided him along the way.
Few of those coaches were as instrumental to his success as Rex Ryan, his former defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens. This week, Lewis and Ryan reunited as the current New York Jets head coach sat for a one-on-one conversation – Lewis’ first interview assignment as a member of ESPN’s award-winning Sunday NFL Countdown. continue reading…
posted by Laurel Daggett on October 10, 2013 8:00 AM
Pete Axthelm (left) with Tom Jackson (center) and Chris Berman taking in the Sunday games in ESPN’s newsroom in 1987. (Rick LaBranche/ESPN)
Welcome to another edition of Front Row’s #TBT: Throwback Thursday.
1987: The year that ESPN began televising NFL games, Tom Jackson joined the network as a studio analyst. Fresh off his 13 NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos, Jackson started working with Chris Berman and the late Pete Axthelm on ESPN’s NFL GameDay pregame and new NFL PrimeTime highlights show.
The photo above was taken of ESPN’s NFL trio in the fall of 1987 as they watched afternoon games between shows.
The Sunday NFL Countdown promo video below, debuting today on ESPN’s platforms, also produces a fun ride through the decades of Berman’s 34 years of covering the NFL for ESPN.
Fast forward to today, and the more things change, the more they stay the same. continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on October 5, 2013 8:35 AM
Before tonight’s Big Ten slugfest – Ohio State at Northwestern (ABC, 8 p.m. ET) – ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (ESPN, 9 a.m.) will set the morning table for a football feast from Northwestern’s campus.
Between the analysis and the predictions for Saturday’s big games by GameDay’s team of experts, the show will present college football stories big and small. What makes a great College GameDay feature? In the video above, reporters Samantha Ponder, Gene Wojciechowski and Tom Rinaldi talk about the keys to great storytelling.
Video produced by Dave Williams and Keri Potts
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on October 3, 2013 4:00 PM
Producer Mike O’Connor goes from being inspired to compassionate, his speech goes from staccato to measured when talking about his upcoming Sunday NFL Countdown and E:60 piece focusing on former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason.
“To meet Steve, and see how he relates to his almost-two-year-old son Rivers, stirs up a lot of emotions,” O’Connor said. “It’s equal part inspiring – he’s awesome – and equal part gut-wrenching. Doctors say he is going to die.” continue reading…
posted by Kim Jarvis on September 19, 2013 2:24 PM
Eduardo Martinez (1), a “Mi Deseo” recipient, huddles with Patriots QB Tom Brady (12) and his teammates. (ESPN)
Editor’s note: ESPN celebrates 25 years of Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting the contributions of Latinos in sports. For coverage in English from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, click here. For coverage in Spanish, visit ESPNdeportes.com.
The second installment of the “Mi Deseo” series features a wish by Eduardo Martinez of Grand Rapids, Mich. and quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Eduardo, 18, who is battling pulmonary hypertension and right-sided heart failure, scores a touchdown during a Patriots practice as part of his two-day experience with the team.
Watch the “Mi Deseo” segment as Eduardo is greeted by Patriots owner Robert Kraft and then meets Brady in Gillette Stadium. The segment is narrated by ESPN Deportes commentator Jerry Olaya and produced by Feature Producer Lizette Castaneda.
You can view the entire segment on Sunday, Sept. 22 during Sunday NFL Countdown (ESPN, 10 a.m.), ESPN Deportes SportsCenter (11 p.m. ET), and by visiting Reportajes Especiales on espndeportes.com.
posted by David Scott on September 9, 2013 9:41 AM
An element in this week’s “First Look”: “Ponder fails to take advantage of defenses keying in on the run” (ESPN)
Everyone wants to cozy up with someone who’s smart – and good looking – too.
ESPN’s Stats & Information Group (SIG) wants to be that “someone.”
Already known for providing “smart stats” that prompt on-air commentators to often say of their researchers “They’re the ones who make us look good,” the SIGers are now looking to dress up their data.
“Our Stats & Information Group does terrific work, and now we want to do more than just being known as stats experts,” says Allison Loucks, manager, statistics, overseeing NFL coverage. “We want to marry our stats with video suggestions to make our packages stand out. We want to make the fans smarter, and by adding context to our research and presenting it better, it will help fans understand.” continue reading…
posted by Allie Stoneberg on September 5, 2013 3:49 PM
In anticipation of the NFL season, ESPN’s NFL hosts, analysts and insiders predicted the eight divisional winners, AFC and NFC wild cards, Super Bowl matchup, Super Bowl XLVIII champion and NFL MVP for 2013.
Of the 35 total predictions, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are favorites to be crowned Super Bowl champion with eight votes each, followed closely by Atlanta (seven) and San Francisco (four).
New England is heavily favored to win the AFC East, with Ron Jaworski the lone ESPN analyst to not pick the Patriots (picked the Miami Dolphins). Other popular division champion picks include the Denver Broncos (AFC West), Houston Texans (AFC South) and Green Bay Packers (NFC North).
For NFL MVP, it’s no surprise quarterbacks lead the voting, with Peyton Manning garnering eight votes and Colin Kaepernick, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan each with five.
For the complete list of commentator predictions, click here or see chart below. continue reading…