ESPN personality Erin Andrews filled in for a vacationing Kelly Ripa on today’s Regis & Kelly show. Here’s a clip of the show’s introduction, during which Regis refers to the 5-10 Andrews as “one big hunk of woman.” Some good repartee going on here, and indicative of why Andrews has become such a popular media figure.
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Yesterday it was reported by Phil Mushnick of The New York Post that former New York Jets coach Eric Mangini would be joining ESPN as an NFL analyst, an announcement that left most football fans underwhelmed. Mangini always exhibited the kind of blase sideline demeanor that infuriated his own team’s fans, so it seemed odd that ESPN wanted to harness that techni-boring personality, not least because he’d been fired twice and fingered as the source of SpyGate’s unraveling in New England. (Mangini used to be an assistant in New England and was aware of their taping practices, which he revealed to the league once he became the head coach in New York.)
But let’s look for the good instead, shall we? Obviously that’s the WWL’s approach, as they posted this press release that served to remind us (however briefly) that, whaddya know, Mangini actually has some highlights on his resume.
A head coach for the last five NFL seasons, Mangini coached the New York Jets from 2006-08 and more recently the Browns (2009-10). In his first season with the Jets, he led them to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth after the team finished 4-12 the previous year.
“Eric brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences as an assistant and a head coach,” said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer for NFL studio shows. “Eric is one of the smartest football people I’ve ever been around. Adding him to our roster will enhance our ability to give viewers the best available analysis on the NFL from all angles.”
Mangini, who worked as an ESPN guest analyst during the 2010 NFL playoffs previewing the AFC Divisional Playoff matchup between the Jets and Patriots, added: “I am excited to join the ESPN team for the upcoming season. With my reputation for access and ease with the media, it seems like a natural fit. I am always impressed by how knowledgeable fans are and by their passion to learn more about their team, the league and the strategy of the game, and I hope to add meaningful insight.
“As for my new role, I have been preparing diligently, by picking out tribal tattoos for my lower leg and doing triple shots of espresso to match Herm Edwards’ energy level.”
A Rex Ryan reference, nice. That’s actually topical and funny. Can the Man-Genius maintain this pace? Can he meet these standards every day? Jets and Browns fans can probably answer that better than I can.
By the way, the release also says he’ll also be appearing on First Take. Skip Bayless and Eric Mangini possibly debating the day’s hot topics? That’ll be something.
Erin Andrews has probably had her share of intoxicated men heckle her over the years.
But there are some topics that are just off topic – - including the 2009 peephole video.
A fan at the College World Series brings up the video while trying to get the attention of Andrews (2:25 mark), and the ESPN reporter handled the situation well.
There are other ways of getting her attentions, fellas.
[H/T Larry Brown Sports]
The top performer in this year’s NFL Broadcast Boot Camp will serve as a studio analyst for a 2011 NFL game on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
Based in London, Sky Sports airs 1:00 PM ET and 4:15 PM ET games live every Sunday, as well as all Thursday and Saturday night games and all postseason games including the Super Bowl.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to a member of the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp,” said Sky Sports NFL producer Karl Baumann. “It is a chance for us to introduce a new analyst to our U.K. audience and to benefit from their insight and expertise. We have been lucky to work with some outstanding NFL broadcasters and experts over the years and we are excited to see who will be joining us later this season.”
The broadcast boot camp runs from Monday through June 23 in Mount Laurel, N.J., and includes hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation. Each player will tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives. Each player also will serve as a live radio host on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Amani Toomer, Antonio Freeman and Drew Henson are among 16 former NFL players scheduled to participate.
The WWE announced Thursday that Patricia A. Gottesman has been elected to its Board of Directors.
Gottesman is currently the president and CEO of Crimson Hexagon, a social media monitoring and analysis company. She previously worked at Cablevision Systems Corporation for 29 years and held several senior executive positions including executive vice president, digital marketing and commerce; executive vice president, product management and marketing; and senior vice president, development.
“We are pleased to have Patricia join our Board of Directors,” said Vincent K. McMahon, chairman and chief executive officer, WWE. “She brings extensive cable industry experience and is an accomplished senior executive with more than 30 years of business and management expertise in a number of areas, including programming, product development and new media.” Read more
Get ready to watch ESPN on-the-go as the network announced Thursday a new app for select cable subscribers called “WatchESPN.”
The free app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers who receive the linear networks as part of their cable subscription. Users will have live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
“Innovation continues to drive ESPN,” said George Bodenheimer, president, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports. “When we launched in 1979, nobody envisioned a day when people would carry ESPN in their pockets. But here we are. And we’ve reached this watershed moment for the industry through tremendous collaboration with forward-thinking partners.”
Vince McMahon has done it again.
Less than 24 hours after his marquee pay-per-view, Wrestlemania 27, the main event for Wrestlemania 28 was announced on Monday Night Raw.
In Vince’s eyes, it’s never too early to start promoting Wrestlemania, so “The Rock” appeared on The Tonight Show Tuesday to discuss his upcoming (and by upcoming, I mean April 1, 2012) match against Cena.
“People think I’m the antagonist with John Wall. Great young talent, goes to the NBA, does the Dougie his first time out, which I thought was pretty repulsive and immature. John Wall has been at times brilliant, at times irrelevant, mostly irrelevant this year.
For the second time this year, he was ejected from a game. Threw a punch last night, although the John Wall fans will say he was provoked. He wasn’t. Miami’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas, like anybody in the NBA, has a right to personal space. You have a right to grab a ball and extend your elbows. That’s all he did. Read more
Considering Blake Griffin wasn’t alive when “Mars Blackmon” was created, the Los Angeles Clippers forward does a decent job as “Mars Blake Man.”
The cable channel plans to add the March 10 matchup between the Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks to its national lineup. Ironically, the game replaces the Phoenix Suns-Denver Nuggets tilt. The Nuggets, of course, were Melo’s former team.
According to Sports Media Watch, “As a result, TNT will move that night’s Lakers/Heat game from 8 P.M. to 7 P.M.”
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