On yesterday’s broadcast of ESPN’s Tournament Challenge Marathon, a mentalist (just a made-up term for a magician) did a trick on Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose:
“Did we lose him?”
ESPN spent this week caving to the most cynically motivated people on the fringes of sports media and their manufactured outrage at SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill’s accurate comments about the president. Thus the network finds itself in the midst of a culture war that’s activated every reactionary attack dog out…
Though ESPN anchor Jemele Hill received a lot of shit for her correct diagnosis of Donald Trump, she appeared on Wednesday’s SportsCenter with Michael Smith as usual. Later in the night, she and the network issued statements to give the notion that they were on good terms. But a new report suggests there was a huge…
SportsCenter put Cleveland radio host Aaron Goldhammer on the air tonight after the Kyrie Irving trade, and he suggested they take some calls in a simulcast. Sounded fun!
ESPN’s SportsCenter has changed immensely over the last 18 years—sets, anchors, topics—but there has been one constant. It is hard to imagine an episode of SportsCenter without that deep, gravelly voice. “Coming up next...on SportsCenter.” You’re probably doing an impression in your head right now.
SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett joined the chorus of opinions on Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest with a take that drew from his own family’s history of service to the United States, and the discrimination that followed. It’s as strong, and fair, a commentary you’re likely to hear from anyone on this issue.
Tonight’s conclusion of the NBA season also means the imminent conclusion of Skip Bayless’s tenure as a polluter of ESPN’s airwaves. Many of his co-workers, it seems, are happy to see him leave.
ESPN analyst Jay Williams forgot to silence his phone before going live on SportsCenter this morning, and just like when you forgot to do it before going to church today, it rang at the most inappropriate moment. Williams laughed it off, suggesting it was one of the coaches to talk strategy—but who do you think is…
The 6 p.m. SportsCenter, featuring an extended live hit from Cuba by Bob Ley, was interrupted when a pamphlet-clad protester jumped up onto the set, threw his pamphlets and yelled something. The producer quickly threw to Karl Ravech, Doug Glanville, and Eduardo Perez, who were clearly dumbfounded at what was going on.
Can’t a SportsCenter anchor get a bottle of water? Everett eventually came back after the above segment, still sounding like “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
NL MVP Bryce Harper went on SportsCenter to take some questions from Scott Van Pelt, and when answering expressed a reluctance to become a meme. Or was that a may may? A meh meh? No matter how you spell his pronunciation, it had the ironic effect of turning Harper into, yup, a meme.
One of Scott Van Pelt’s recurring bits on radio was taunting fellow Maryland native Tim Kurkjian with that curious dialect known as “Ballimerese”—something that repeatedly made Kurkjian giggle like a little girl. Van Pelt brought it back tonight on SportsCenter, and it had the same effect.
Dan Patrick returned to ESPN’s SportsCenter set tonight for the first time since leaving the Worldwide Leader in 2007. But lest you think his appearance to commemorate Scott Van Pelt’s first episode of the new solo show would bring tidings of a more lengthy homecoming for one half of the “Big Show”, Patrick let…
Some wild shit went down in the Jets’ locker room today, and SportsCenter threw up the Yelling Sports Guys In Suits signal as soon as the news broke. It’s all hands on deck, people! Cris Carter, what’s your fuckin’ take on this, my man?!