Category: ESPN

October 31, 2013

ESPN hosts dress as Tiger, Lindsey Vonn for Halloween

Posted at 7:36 PM by Mike Walker


ESPN's Pardon the Interruption hosts Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser got in the spirit of Halloween on Thursday, dressing as the sports world's No. 1 power couple, Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn. That's Wilbon as Woods, and Kornheiser as Vonn above.

After seeing Kornheiser dressed as Vonn, Wilbon made a sly reference to the Woods-Brandel Chamblee brouhaha: "Can Lindsey Vonn sue you for this?" he asked Kornheiser.

No worries. Vonn was amused.


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September 23, 2013

Video: Bubba Watson stars in ESPN commerical

Posted at 2:19 PM by Mike Walker

Bubba Watson and his caddie Ted Scott have starring roles in the latest commercial for ESPN's flagship SportsCenter program. In the clip, Watson makes one of his famous escape shots from behind a tree. After Bubba successfully hits the shot, his caddie offers him a fist bump and hums the beginning of the famous SportsCenter theme "dadada," to which Watson responds "dadada."

In addition to Watson, the commercial features Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, tennis player Maria Sharapova and NBA all-star Stephen Curry all humming the SportsCenter theme, which is probably as recognizable to sports fans as the opening notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

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July 15, 2013

Video: Watch 'colorblind' Fowler in new ESPN commericial

Posted at 9:49 AM by Mike Walker

Rickie Fowler joins the long list of athletes who've turned in entertaining performances in ESPN's "This Is SportsCenter" commercials in this new spot with ESPN anchor John Anderson.

Pretty good stuff, but nothing will ever top our favorite "This Is SportsCenter" commercial with guest star Arnold Palmer.


July 23, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Adam Scott's name had been traced onto British Open's Gold Medal

Posted at 3:52 PM by Michael Rosengart

Adam Scott said all the right things following his dreadful collapse yesterday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, but it probably doesn’t make coming home without the Claret Jug any easier. Nor does this mistake that ESPN’s coverage caught in the aftermath:


That screen grab, from Yahoo’s Jay Busbee, is an image of the Gold Medal that Open Championship victors receive in addition to a replica of the Claret Jug. Apparently, the R&A metal smiths had taken the liberty to trace Scott’s name in in preparation for engraving. Oops.

This Isn't the Football Pitch?

Carlos Tevez makes a living carrying soccer club Manchester City F.C as a striker. So what could the Argentinian superstar possibly be doing carrying golf clubs? Supporting compatriot Andres Romero at the Open Championship, reports The Daily Mail’s JJ Anisiobi:

Carlos said of his day: 'It was my first time at The Open and I enjoyed it but my shoulder is killing me.It’s much easier playing football than carrying that big bag around.'

The two men had a laugh as they made their way around the course and Carlos, who is an avid golf player in his spare time, picked all the right clubs for Andres to use.

He followed orders perfectly, unlike his days at Manchester City, and even pulled out a flag as his friend attempted a put [sic].

After Romero shot a 77 on Saturday to fall out of contention, Tevez visited the Memorial Tournament runner-up Saturday night asking for the loop. But Tevez was not nearly as useful on the golf course as he is on the football pitch, as his boss for the day finished in last place among players who made the cut.

We’re also still trying to figure out how you tip a caddy who makes $10 million a year.

A Break From Olympic TV

It’s nearly that time again when televisions across the world will be flooded by coverage of the Olympic Games, which are set to begin this week. After a weekend where golf was center stage, this can be a tough time for those of us who need our fix. But PBS brings some respite with “Golf’s Grand Design,” a new 60-minute documentary about American golf course architecture:

The program features interviews with ASGCA President Bob Cupp and fellow members Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye and Bill Coore, among many others.

Golf's playing fields have recognizable characteristics – fairways, greens, bunkers, and water hazards – but golf is the only sport played on a field with no specifically defined dimensions. "GOLF'S GRAND DESIGN" focuses on golf course architecture from the 1880s through present day and highlights some of America's best known and most influential courses.

The show airs Friday, Aug. 3 at 10 PM. And don’t worry, Olympic golf in Rio is just four years away. 

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July 18, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Mickelson in SportsCenter ad, Open Championship of mini golf

Posted at 1:24 PM by David Dusek

Phil's TV Tips
Before he began working at ESPN, Scott Van Pelt worked for the Golf Channel in the studio and at tournaments. He's a veteran broadcaster. But as you can see in the video below, Phil Mickelson still had a few tips for Van Pelt to improve his on-camera performance.

British Open of Mini Golf
Imagine taking the kids to play putt-putt and being surprised by a caddie, complete with official British Open bib, to help carry your child's yellow ball and sweet red putter. If you had recently been at Pier 25 in New York, it could have happened to you, along with a chance for your youngster to hoist the claret jug as champion of the Mini-Golf Open.

R&A cracking down on slow play
Wednesday at major championships are usually fairly quiet, with players getting in a final bit of practice and enjoying some rest. But in a press conference on Wednesday morning, Jim McArthur, chairman of the championship committee at the British Open, raised some eyebrows when he spoke about cracking down on slow players, as the Augusta Chronicle's Scott Michaux wrote on his blog:

“We’ve obviously got to take into account the weather conditions and other mitigating circumstances,” McArthur said. “But we would have no hesitation if we felt the players were over time to take the appropriate action and to tell not only a group of players, but as we have allowed for in the policy to time individual players if we felt that was appropriate.”

Should the group times in the first round grossly exceed the target time, McArthur said “groups that we felt were perhaps not as quick as we would like” would get at least a lecture before the second round.

“I have to say to you, we are intent on doing what we can to improve the pace of play in golf,” he said. “I mean, I think we feel that particularly maybe not so much at professional golf but certainly amateur golf that slow play is, in some ways, if not killing the game, is killing the club membership because of the time it takes to play. ... We’re doing whatever we feel we can in the circumstances to contribute to improving the pace of play.

And there was feasting and dancing throughout the lands!

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June 08, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tiger/Phil/Bubba great for TV, bad for spectators

Posted at 10:27 AM by Alan Bastable

Stoked for the U.S. Open? Thrilled that you scored tickets? Jazzed to walk 18 holes with the super group of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson? Curb your enthusiasm, says Curtis Strange, the two-time Open champ and ESPN analyst, via San Francisco Chronicle golf writer Ron Kroichick:

"I know what I would do Thursday and Friday," Strange said. "I would TiVo that group and watch somebody else, because you're not going to see a damn thing trying to watch these three guys.”

Woods, Mickelson and Watson will tee off Thursday at 7:33 a.m. on No. 9 and Friday at 1:18 p.m. on No. 1. The USGA is sending groups off the No. 9 tee (not No. 10) because it's much closer to the clubhouse.

Strange's viewing strategy makes sense, except for this: ESPN's opening-round coverage doesn't begin until 9 a.m. So roughly the first 90 minutes of the first round for Woods, Mickelson and Watson will unfold outside the network's television window.

ESPN, SchmeeSPN. Follow the rounds on, where we'll monitor every minute of the action on our U.S. Open Live Blog.  

About those pairings...

The USGA has made a habit of creating buzz-worthy, humorous or whimsical U.S. Open groupings. (The standout from this year’s set: the Carl-Charl-Charles cluster; Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III.) Kroichick spoke to USGA Executive Director Mike Davis about the process:

Davis and another USGA official, Jeff Hall, typically start the process at 4:30 or 5:00 on Wednesday morning the week before the Open. They spread out 156 index cards on a table, one for each player in the field, and spend six to eight hours trying to produce eye-catching groups.

One classic example: Hannigan once put three late-night carousers together and gave them a really early tee time.

"Jeff and I will get to laughing so hard sometimes," Davis said in a recent phone interview. "We think of things and we say, 'We just can't do that.' ... There are a few funny ones, but more of it is related to guys playing on same Walker Cup team or three guys who all went to Oklahoma State.

"Occasionally we'll put three left-handed guys together, three short guys, three tall guys. One year we did back-to-back groups of really tall guys and then a few Ian Woosnam-sized guys."

Why take a limo when you can take a golf cart?

Finally a story that makes Bill Murray’s golf-cart hijinks sound tame., take it away:

Police say they pulled over a groom and his best man as they drove in a stolen golf cart from a western Pennsylvania country club wedding reception to a hotel.

Peters Township police Chief Harry Fruecht tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Rolling Hills Country Club opted not to press charges for the wedding day off-the-links hijinks on Saturday.

The men were pulled over when an officer saw them driving a cart without headlights in the curb lane of a busy road just before midnight.

The police chief says the men wanted to arrive at the hotel in the golf cart to surprise the other wedding guests, who took a shuttle.

A shuttle? How uninspired.

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