December 1, 2014 |
Baseball was the subject of a graphically rich ESPN SportsCenter segment last week, but it might easily have been physics. In a detailed dissection of Lorenzo Cain's best catches, the network employed such metrics as foot speed, ball acceleration, and the gradated circumferences of the area the Kansas City star and other outfielders could reasonably be expected to cover. Days later, the New York Times sports section included one story reimagining the arcane mathematical formula that gauges quarterback performance, another scrutinizing the economic and educational demographics of the most football-crazed states, and a third examining the statistics-based rationale behind the Patriots' penchant for deferring possession after successful coin tosses.
July 16, 1993 |
When ESPN2 was unveiled last month, I immediately thought: Olbermann. Since ESPN2 will take a more irreverent approach to sports than ESPN does, aiming at a younger audience, this is right up the let's-not-take-this- too- seriously alley where Keith Olbermann works each night on ESPN's "SportsCenter. " To no one's surprise, ESPN this week announced that Olbermann will shift to ESPN2's "SportsNight" when the new network debuts in early October (moved up from the orginal November start date)
August 15, 1996 |
An enjoyable summer afternoon ended in tragedy yesterday when ESPN's Tom Mees drowned in a neighbor's pool. Mees, one of ESPN's original "SportsCenter" anchors, was a University of Delaware graduate. According to Southington, Conn., police Lt. James Tortora, a lawn maintenance man pulled Mees from the water. Michelle Mees reportedly told police her husband did not know how to swim. Police and fire officials said Mees, 46, had no pulse or respiration when he was brought to Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington at 2:50 p.m. Richard Corcoran, a hospital vice president, said Mees could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 3:15 p.m. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
July 26, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: When my husband and I were dating (we did not live together before marriage) we loved being around each other so much that what we did was less important than the fact that we were together. I think I actually remember saying: "I don't mind if you watch SportsCenter ! Just so long as I'm with you. " Now that we're about two years into our marriage, I am bored with just sitting around. I sit all day at work, and the last thing I want to do when I get home is plant my butt on the couch.
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.
September 26, 1997 |
Shocking news just in: Everyone at ESPN is not best buds. It seems Bob Ley was not the first person Keith Olbermann would ask for a ride to work. In a piece about Olbermann's move to MSNBC in the September American Journalism Review, Ley says Olbermann was not a team player at ESPN. "He had an agenda, and it was Keith," Ley says. Dan Patrick, Olbermann's former partner on the popular "SportsCenter" show, says that when Olbermann replaced Ley as Patrick's partner on the 11 p.m. "Center," it sparked friction.
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.
February 4, 1994 |
"The Battle of Figure Skating Stars" will be on tomorrow night. In the red corner, CBS has "Nancy Kerrigan and Friends" (Channel 10, 9 o'clock). Before the exhibition, to be taped tonight at Northeastern University in Boston, Greg Gumbel interviewed Kerrigan. Asked if she has followed the reports out of Portland, Ore., possibly linking Tonya Harding with the attack on her at the U.S. championships last month, Kerrigan said, "I always like mysteries, so it's kind of like reading a book.
August 21, 2001 |
The Baby Bombers from the Bronx have won their first two games at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., but ESPN - despite live telecasts and highlights on SportsCenter - is missing a good chunk of the story. The 12 players who comprise the Rolando Paulino All-Stars are Dominican or Puerto Rican, but not one of the announcers covering the games speaks Spanish. The players - an 11-year-old and 11 12-year-olds - communicate with each other in Spanish and English, but coach Alberto Gonzalez can be heard throughout their games instructing them primarily in Spanish.
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.