March 4, 2013 |
In what could be a sign of the coming apocalypse, it appears Keith Olbermann would like to return to ESPN. Olbermann recently had dinner with ESPN President John Skipper. Olbermann anchored the network's SportsCenter from 1992 to 1997. “Keith Olbermann, both personally and through a couple people I know, reached out to say, 'Gee, I would love to have dinner,' ” Skipper told the New York Times . “I agreed to dinner with Keith because I assumed he'd be provocative and witty and fun to have dinner with, and he was indeed lots of fun. We talked sports and politics, and we had a nice chat.
September 7, 1999 |
THE BEST MARK McGWIRE IS IN THE HOUSE Before ESPN, how often did fans living in Los Angeles actually catch a glimpse of Johnny Unitas or Mickey Mantle in action? Two, three times a regular season, via the odd "Game of the Week" national broadcast? ESPN brought the top sporting stars of the era into the living rooms of America every night.
May 31, 2008
Regarding the Bill Shaikin article on May 29, referring to Angels owner Arte Moreno, "He won't forget the lawsuit -- and the $8 million he spent to win in Superior Court, with no reimbursement from the city -- but he might forgive." My, my. How big of him. Don't tell me how he has "Anaheim" in the name. It's "LAA" that's on "SportsCenter." So he loves Anaheim? "Obviously, I'm very proud of where we are, and I'm very proud of where we play baseball". Really? Take the "Los Angeles" off your name until you actually play your home games there.
May 27, 2011 |
Minus the self-congratulation and TV industry dialectics — the vividly recalled meetings, the anecdotes in which the on-air talent receives recognition/reaches pinnacle of career/wins a Sports Emmy — there's some pretty good stuff in the new book on the history of ESPN, called, "Those Guys Have All the Fun. " The title is meant to convey the party school atmosphere at the all-sports network, if not serve as some ironic comment on life in...
October 17, 2003 |
A man pretending to be infamous Chicago Cub fan Steve Bartman tricked ESPN into putting him on the air for a live phone interview Thursday. The prank, on the 6 p.m. EDT edition of "SportsCenter," was discovered shortly into the interview when the man referred to radio shock jock Howard Stern. The interview was stopped, and anchor Dan Patrick said, "We've been had. That was not Steve Bartman." "We made a mistake," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said.
March 15, 1996 |
Arizona State basketball Coach Bill Frieder was killing time in a hotel room recently and wandered into sports information director Doug Tammaro's room. Trying to change the TV channel, Frieder fumbled with what he thought was the remote. "Why doesn't this thing work?" the exasperated coach said, flinging it across the room. "Because," Tammaro said, "that's my calculator." * Trivia time: When did UCLA make its first appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament?