Posts in category "ESPN"

Notebook: Britt McHenry, 87.7 The Game, Fighting Illini, Chicago Fire, 120 Sports

Notebook: Britt McHenry, 87.7 The Game, Fighting Illini, Chicago Fire, 120 Sports
Northwestern graduate Britt McHenry is the latest Medill School of Journalism product to join the World Wide Leader. She's based in D.C. but on St. Patrick's Day (she indeed has the luck of the Irish) she will start doing national work for ESPN. More Britt McHenry photos and career bio at this link. And check out the gallery in this post too. -Screen grab below is from Fox Sports Live (their version of SportsCenter) on Fox Sports 1. When he visited Northwestern, I asked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Coach Richard Pitino about the top trending topic in college basketball this season- that would be Twitter. Quite a few big name college hoops coaches publicly discussed social media and the adverse effect it’s having on their programs and players: Tom Izzo, Thad Matta, Pitino's Dad Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Following the Golden Gophers 54-48 win at Northwestern, Richard Pitino gave a very colorful and insightful answer to my question....

EXCLUSIVE: ESPN Announcer Bill Walton on Northwestern and Chris Collins

EXCLUSIVE: ESPN Announcer Bill Walton on Northwestern and Chris Collins
Current ESPN broadcaster Bill Walton granted me an exclusive this week. The video of the entire Q&A is linked here.  I asked Walton his thoughts on Northwestern Coach Chris Collins. Today's devastating home loss to Nebrasketball aside, Collins has some made noise in his first year at the helm, guiding them to .500 in the Big Ten, before the loss to Nebraska today. The thoughts and opinions of Bill Walton on Chris Collins are transcribed below. Hall of Famer and one of the consensus top 50 players in league history, Walton was joined on the interview by his son, former NBA player Luke Walton. Together, they are the third father-son duo to win NBA championships. Bill Walton, the #1 overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft has won numerous individual accolades as well. He's such a big national icon of the game that even his Twitter parody account, @NotBillWalton (156,000 followers) is an internet star in his own right. The real Bill Walton, The Big Red, is one of the most colorful and controversial commentators in basketball history...

Former ESPN Analyst Steve Lavin Sizes Up DePaul (Exclusive)

Former ESPN Analyst Steve Lavin Sizes Up DePaul (Exclusive)
Steve Lavin is well known as a college basketball analyst, having served in that role for seven years with ESPN in between his two head coaching gigs. Lav led UCLA to a 145-78, 80-46 in conference with an Elite 8 appearance in 1997 and five sweet 16 appearances. Now Steve Lavin in his fourth season at St. John’s, who fell to Providence, 84-83, in double-overtime on Thursday night to drop their fifth-straight game and move to 0-5 in Big East play. The Red Storm did beat Ivy League weakling Dartmouth on Saturday to end their losing streak. The star power of Steve Lavin is showing up in the ticket sales numbers as Carnesecca Arena saw a 38% increase in attendance, the fourth largest in the nation. But they're winless in conference play. They lost to the Blue Demons on Tuesday night at All State Arena. It was there where I had an exclusive with Steve Lavin and asked him about the improvement DPU has shown this season...
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Bears in the National Spotlight: Previewing the Previews

Bears in the National Spotlight: Previewing the Previews
Aaron Rodgers and NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers host the rival Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football on ESPN. The Green Bay Packers (5-2)  versus the 4-3 Bears will kick on Nov. 4 at 7:25 p.m. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will call the game from historic Lambeau Field with sideline reporter Lisa Salters. This is the best game on the NFL docket this weekend. No, really it is. Bears-Packers on MNF is the only NFL game in week 9 between teams with winning records. And it’s the 185th regular season game between the Bears and Packers, the most games ever between two NFL franchises. But you already knew that. Spreads vary between different places of “investment,” but the best online gambling sites have Green Bay favored by 10.5 points and the over/under at 49.5 points. Doesn’t that line seem a little high to you? Then again Green Bay has won six straight and eight of the last nine...

Former Bulls Coach Doug Collins joins ESPN NBA Countdown

Former Chicago Bulls head coach Doug Collins has signed on as a full time NBA Analyst for ESPN. Doug Collins will serve on NBA Countdown – ABC and ESPN’s NBA pre-game show – with Hall of Famer and Michigan State legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Former Fab 5 member Jalen Rose and Elvis Presley of sports journalists Bill Simmons. In addition, he will serve as a game analyst for select telecasts on ESPN...

Media Notebook: College Gameday, '03 Cubs Doc, DePaul Fox Sports 1 event

Media Notebook: College Gameday, '03 Cubs Doc, DePaul Fox Sports 1 event
ESPN College Gameday set up shop this morning at Lakeside Field on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston. Tonight at Ryan Field, not be confused with the Fox Sports 1 anchor named Ryan Field, the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes, favored by a touchdown, will take on the #16 Wildcats. Kickoff at 7pm on ABC with OSU alum Kirk Herbstreit and NU alum Brent Musburger on the call. Heather Cox will be on the sidelines. I love College Gameday, but the best part of it, in my opinion, would be the signs. I’ve led this post with a great sign about Kain Colter. And posted a few in gallery. You can see a few more signs here. NU will look to upset the Red Menace tonight, and have a much better outing than the last time College Gameday was on site for a NW home game. That was the infamous “we conveniently forgot about the lack of space in Wrigley Field, so we’ll have both teams go one way/the same way the whole time” game. The Illini shredded NU 48-22 at the Friendly Confines as Mikel Leshoure ran for an Illinois record 330 yards rushing. Here's to hoping the Cats don't have a repeat of that performance tonight; and cut shut down Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde. -From Crain’s, Northwestern sells the naming rights to their Athletic Director position. They've come such a long way in Evanston. Three decades ago, they were considering abandoning big time sports entirely to join the Ivy League. According to the Wall Street Journal....
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Ripping Darren Rovell is Fun, but We're Better Off Ignoring Him

Ripping Darren Rovell is Fun, but We're Better Off Ignoring Him
ESPN personality Darren Rovell is evocative of a cartoon shill monster. Specifically, the villains of a "Simpsons" Halloween Special vignette. On this particular episode of the animated series, characters from advertisements came alive and grew into monsters terrorizing Springfield. The Simpsons got rid of the monsters by following a Paul Anka jingle: “just don’t look, just don’t look.” That’s how you get rid of cartoon villain shill monsters. Both haters and lovers of Darren Rovell call him a shill; and he’s embraced the villain role. He’s also gotten a bit cartoonish lately with his "corporations are people" bit. Rovell is the sports media equivalent of Rush Limbaugh. However, he's not the monster that Limbaugh is. Rovell is a blatant corporatist; and the corporatism practiced in America today is monstrous, but ripping Rovell further won’t help. We’ll only get rid of Darren Rovell if we..."just don’t look, just don’t look.”...

ESPN College Gameday in Evanston! Send us your Signs!

ESPN College Gameday in Evanston! Send us your Signs!
ESPN College Gameday is officially headed to Ryan Field in Evanston. Not be confused with the Fox Sports 1 anchor named Ryan Field. Now that Gameday will be here, I want to see your signs! The best ones will be posted here later. ESPN College Gameday has been to a Northwestern “home game” before. Remember the goofy “everyone drives the same direction” battle at Wrigley Field in 2010? Although that aspect of the contest was a total Chicago Cubs like fiasco, the game was a huge marketing/publicity success, as you had many moments in the vein of Mr. Cub Ernie Banks singing “Go U Northwestern” at Clark and Addison. In the game itself, Ron Zook and the Illinois Fighting Illini smoked the Wildcats 48-22 as Mikel Leshoure rushed for an Illinois school record 330 yards. This time, ESPN College Gameday will see Northwestern host the Red Menace, the Evil Empire of Ohio State, who enter the game as just a four point favorite. It’s the best two teams in the Big Ten no doubt. (Certainly, the Buckeyes and Wildcats have looked like the cream of the league crop thus far) However, this is still very much a Rocky vs. Drago match-up...

Top 10 National Sportscasters

Top 10 National Sportscasters
The top ten least favorite sportscasters list was so “discussion-provoking” that I decided to do a ten best sportscasters list. The one mistake I made on the worst list was not dividing it up into two parts: local sportscasters and national sportscasters. There were too many omissions. Even with this list now broken into two installments, there will still be plenty of omissions. So feel free to add in those who you believe were left out in the comments section. And of course, the sportscasters list is broken down as if it were a basketball team format. Basketball being the second best game ever invented. No broadcast reporters who work for a network owned by a team or a league are eligible for this list, as those people are not journalists. You can’t be a journalist when you report on the very same entity that pays your salary. However, play-by-play and color analysts are eligible...
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Top Ten Local Sportscasters

Top Ten Local Sportscasters
The top ten least favorite sportscasters list was so “discussion-provoking” that I decided to do a ten best sportscasters list. The one mistake I made on the worst list was not dividing it up into two parts: local sportscasters and national sportscasters. There were too many omissions. Even with this list now broken into two installments, there will still be plenty of omissions. So feel free to add in those who you believe were left out in the comments section. And of course, the sportscasters list is broken down as if it were a basketball team format. Basketball being the second best game ever invented. No broadcast reporters who work for a network owned by a team or a league are eligible for this list, as those people are not journalists. You can’t be a journalist when you report on the very same entity that pays your salary. However, play-by-play and color analysts are eligible. The national sportscasters list will hopefully be published by the end of the week...