January 18, 2013 |
FROM TEBOWING to Kaepernicking to Te'oing. The Internet was all atwitter Thursday with shots of guys posing with their arms around imaginary girlfriends. The fun started quickly after Deadspin revealed that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o allegedly had fabricated a story about a girlfriend who had died of leukemia. That story is still unfolding, but Te'oing photos went viral almost immediately after the news broke. Most of the shots involve guys sitting on couches, their arms around non-existent hotties.
July 26, 2012
By day, Genevieve Haney is a consumer marketing manager for Interstate General Media, which owns The Inquirer. At night, Haney doubles as a Phillies ballgirl. And in Monday night's wild comeback victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, she made a made a highlight-reel catch that earned mention on ESPN as one of SportsCenter' s top-10 plays of the day. In the top of the seventh inning, Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez smoked a line drive down the left-field line. With lightning-quick reflexes, Haney leaped off her stool to make the backhand grab.
June 2, 2011
AT THIS TIME last year, the Flyers were still neck-deep in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The final was under way against the Chicago Blackhawks and the notion that two hockey cities were in a contest for the great and iconic silver trophy was unquestioned. To be in the middle of it was to experience what the NHL has always hoped to be: not dominant like the Eagles and the NFL, and not necessarily threaded into the city's fiber like the Phillies and baseball, but real and meaningful nonetheless - real and meaningful and recognized for the spectacle that it is. With that . . . . . . same time, next year.
March 18, 2009 |
NEW YORK - President Obama is picking Louisville, North Carolina, Memphis and Pittsburgh for the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament. The First Hoops Fan indulged in one of the week's most popular pastimes, filling out his NCAA bracket yesterday for ESPN. The network, which is posting Obama's bracket online today and showing Andy Katz' report on "SportsCenter" at noon, will reveal the president's pick for NCAA champion then. The president stuck primarily with No. 1 seeds. The sole exception was Memphis, seeded No. 2 behind Connecticut in the West regional.
July 28, 2008 |
"PRACTICE! Practice! Not a game, practice!" Six years later, Allen Iverson's career-defining quote still pops up on Sportscenter or in daily cultural references. And, like AI, yes, I'm talking about practice, but not as an evil to be avoided, but as an opportunity. I'm talking about practice because, for thousands of kids, the word has little significance. Though they see sports on TV, listen to music on the radio or play games at home, they have no chance to practice with their peers.
March 20, 2008 |
Sports-talk station WPEN (950) is now calling itself "950 ESPN" as the local ESPN affiliate. WPEN is expected to announce a lineup today that will include some network shows as well as local programming. WPEN general manager Bob DeBlois yesterday announced one change: The morning show will be Mike and Mike, hosted by retired Eagles defensive lineman Mike Golic and SportsCenter anchor Mike Greenberg. It's one of the top-rated shows in the country, heard on more than 300 ESPN affiliates and simulcast on ESPN2.
August 10, 2006 |
To Bill Davis, it was like he never got a chance to pull his own darts. To ESPN, the darts thrown were nowhere near the bull's-eye. Just three episodes into the eight-episode arc of the World Series of Darts, ESPN pulled the rookie series from its key 7 p.m. Tuesday time slot last week. For Davis, a world-class darts player featured in the first hourlong show, and for the growing fraternity of American darts players, the prime-time exposure was just the jolt the game needed.
February 9, 2006 |
ESPN will begin its first season of televising Monday Night Football with an expanded team in the booth and on the sideline. ESPN announced yesterday that Mike Tirico will be the play-by-play announcer, while Joe Theismann and Tony Kornheiser will serve as analysts when ESPN takes over Monday night coverage in the 2006 season. As expected, Al Michaels, who was originally slated to join Theismann in a two-man booth, was allowed out of his contract as play-by-play announcer.
February 21, 2004 |
He speaks in rapid, breathless bursts that are exhausting to listen to, if not to deliver. But talking, and specifically talking about sports, is what Michael Quigley does for recreation, and, if all goes according to plan, soon will do for his vocation. ESPN is the latest player to enter the oversaturated reality TV genre, and Quigley, a 40-year-old self-employed auto supplies salesman from Lansdowne, Delaware County, is one of 12 finalists in the network's Dream Job show. Starting tomorrow, Quigley and his fellow SportsCenter anchor wannabes will compete in a weekly series in which they perform typical on-air television tasks, such as sideline reporting, anchoring, reading scripts and interviewing athletes.
September 28, 2003 |
Jennifer Calcagno wanted to play football in high school. Her mother told her to try cheerleading instead. To her dismay, she made the squad, but her heart always stayed on the field. "They were all these girly-girls looking at their nails, and I'm screaming, 'Gggoooo!!!'" So when Calcagno, now 22, heard that ESPN was looking for talent in the Philadelphia area, she decided to put her enthusiasm to work. The Mantua, N.J., native was one of 262 who lined up at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon on North Third Street in Center City yesterday for a chance to compete on ESPN's Dream Job, a reality TV show that promises a one-year contract as a sportscaster on SportsCenter to the amateur who rises to the top of the heap.