Review: Chronicle of ESPN Secrets a Page Turner

Ever thought of trafficking in the notoriety of an exclusive group of ESPN employees whose reputations precede them?

ESPN Montage

Me neither.

Though I’m pleased to report that all the dirty little, page-turning secrets about that uncommon club of sports commentators has been unbound for you and me to discover. Read more…

Chip Kelly: Game Ref Is “Friends” With Harbaugh

At halftime of the Stanford-Oregon game in Eugune on Saturday night, Oregon Coach Chip Kelly showed his dissatisfaction with the officiating during an interview with Erin Andrews on ABC-TV.

Chip Kelly

(Credit: Portland Oregonian, ABC-TV)

During his comments about a lack of communication with the presiding game referee, Kelly went so far as to flippantly suggest that perhaps the ref was ignoring him because the official was “friends” with opposing Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

Transcription and video of Kelly’s comments are below. Read more…

Shockey Gives Whole New Meaning To ‘Impaired’

For the first time since around Week 11 of the ‘87 NFL season, I would’ve loved to have heard Chris Berman’s schtick applied to Jeremy Shockey at the ESPYs last night:

Jeremy Shock laughing at ESPYs award

“B.A.C. B.A.C. B.A.C. B.A.C. B.A.C. B.A.C. B.A.C. … GONE!

Seat Filler sign at the ESPYs

(Shockey at “Seat Pourer” check-in)

Not exactly a shocker, considering this sort of red carpet impairment:

Jeremy Shockey with two girls at ESPYs

Believe it or not though, somebody was dealt a better hand. Read more…

Erin Andrews: “Tentatively Agrees” To ESPN Deal

Michael Hiestand of USA TODAY has the latest on the employment status of Erin Andrews at ESPN:

Erin Andrews and ESPN have tentatively agreed to a new deal to replace her current one, which expires this week. ESPN executive Norby Williamson, declining to say how Andrews’ on-air roles might change, says, “We hope to have a deal signed soon.”

Saturday I reported that despite a report that Andrews was staying at ESPN, she had not signed a contract yet. Appears that hasn’t changed.

If EA stays @ the WWL, her first ESPN-arranged endorsement will be…*

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Per my Saturday report, if Andrews does re-sign with ESPN, get ready to see her in a lot of commercials. (Beats seeing Berman’s doll hair-coiffure at Applebees every quarter hour.)

*UPDATE: Disregard the poll. (Accidentally recycled from when Golic re-signed.)

Update On The Status Of Erin Andrews At ESPN

Erin Andrews‘ contract with ESPN officially expires at the end of the week. Monday evening John Ourand of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL reported on Twitter:

Erin Andrews avoids foul ball at College World Series

Erin Andrews will be staying at ESPN, according to Jim Miller, who is teaming with Tom Shales to write the definitive book on the network.

Here’s Miller’s bio. After Ourand’s note tonight, I emailed and spoke with multiple sources familiar with the situation and was told that no contract has been signed. Read more…

Erin Andrews: Congratulations On a Fine Showing

Here’s looking at #2, kiddo.

Erin Andrews Here's Looking At #2

If not for last-second scrap of Venus Williams tribute dance, things might’ve been different.

Red Sox Prospect Left Tix For Erin Andrews Every Day For 3 Years

Apparently legit Red Sox prospect Daniel Nava is a big Erin Andrews fan and has long employed a seemingly futile scheme to try her. The Boston AAA prospect leaves a ticket for Andrews at each Pawtucket Red Sox game.

Daniel Nava Leaves Tickets For Erin Andrews Every Night For 3 years

(From Red Sox AAA minor league announcer Dan Hoard)

Backstory from a recent MLB.com blog entry by Pawtucket radio broadcaster Steve Hyder:

I noticed that one of our players had left a ticket for a young woman, a famous young woman both days here in the Carolinas. The player- Daniel Nava. The woman- Erin Andrews of ESPN and the TV show “Dancing With the Stars.”

I admit, my curiosity got the better of me. Does Nava know the good-looking blonde reporter, who got more attention than she wanted when she was videotaped through a peephole in her hotel room? Inquiring minds want to know.

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ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews Sure Can … Dance!

Here’s some screen grabs and video of ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews last night during ABC’s Dancing With The Stars reality show.

Erin Andrews Dancing With The Stars With Shirtless Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Erin Andrews Dancing With The Stars With Shirtless Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Erin Andrews Dancing With The Stars With Shirtless Maksim Chmerkovskiy

This particular move was inspired by Bob Ley and Linda Cohn in the break room at Bristol:

Erin Andrews Dancing With The Stars With Shirtless Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Also below are some captures and video from her appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Show last night. (I need 600cc’s of carbs … STAT!)

Erin Andrews and Jimmy Kimmel

Erin Andrews and Jimmy Kimmel

ESPN can probably hardly wait to get her back on that N.C. State sideline to take advantage of her new-found, crossover celebrity status. (Still waiting to hear from TMZ if Kate Gosselin has landed sideline duty for Wake Forest-Navy on ESPN3.)  Read more…

Is Reality TV Worth Erin Andrews Risking Her Life?

Earlier this month, TMZ.com reported a man in Newport News, VA., sent this email to the Dan Patrick Show in late March:

Erin Andrews on Dancing With The Stars

“I would like to see if Erin Andrews can dance her way through a hail of gunfire. Better yet I would love to shoot her with a Barrett rifle. Get the pun — her stalker was mr. Barrett and the barrett rifle is an ultra expensive 50 cl. rifle with a range over a mile.

“In spite of this email and others, law enforcement sources tell us the FBI is resistant to making an arrest, because authorities believe the author is engaging in free speech … which is protected.”

“By the way, sources familiar with the author tell us he’s 6′9″ and very bulky.”

TMZ.com previously reported several other emails from the same person directed at Andrews to the Dan Patrick Show that included more death threats and specifically referenced a “suicide vest.”

Erin Andrews on Dancing With The Stars

Knowing the seriousness of the stalker ordeal that Andrews just went through, if TMZ and Andrews attorney Marshall Grossman’s depiction of these fresh threats is completely accurate, why on earth would the FBI refuse to arrest the man?

Erin Andrews on Dancing With The Stars Despite Death Threats

(In wake of TMZ reports of gun violence threats, worth it?)

If, god forbid, Andrews was somehow victimized physically by the emailer in the future, wouldn’t the FBI and Newport News police be blamed for not taking the man into custody? Can you imagine the uproar?

Erin Andrews on Dancing With The Stars

Despite these new reported threats - with the source of them reportedly still on the loose - Andrews was back on the reality show Dancing With The Stars last night, witness these screen captures from her performance.

So why is Andrews still out there? She recently explained the reason to People.com: Read more…

‘Stripper’ Clothed Andrews ‘Pimping’ Herself Out?

Memphis Fox 13 sports anchor Kristin Tallent, an attractive blonde, mocked ESPN’s Erin Andrews repeatedly from her Twitter.com account today.

Kristin Tallent Blonde Sportscaster Slams Erin Andrews

(One of EA’s own lashes out at her DWTS appearance)

Tallent is the first mainstream sports television personality who has slammed Andrews for her Dancing With The Stars appearance.

Kristin Tallent Blonde Sportscaster Slams Erin Andrews

Unprompted, Tallent initially wrote in a Twitter entry Monday:

Newsflash Erin Andrews, not all women in sports see you as one of their own. I’m nothing like you lady &I never looked at u as a journalist.

Hot Memphis Fox Sportscaster slams Erin Andrews …

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She continued her criticism of Andrews in a Twitter exchange with Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com: Read more…