Enterprise Journalism Weekly Features Across ESPN Platforms
July 23, 2009
E:60 Returns with Exclusive Vince Young Profile, and “Cheese Racing” E:60, ESPN’s primetime newsmagazine returns to ESPN at 7 p.m. ET, Tuesday, July 28, with an exclusive profile of Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, and a look at “Cheese Racing.”
Vince Young: In his first sit-down interview about the murder of his longtime mentor, Steve McNair, Vince Young tells E:60’s Michael Smith he is ready to lead the Tennessee Titans again, and discusses the emotional impact of the murder and how he will honor his father-figure’s legacy. Young also provides details on the September 2008 night teammates feared he was missing and contemplating suicide after a game against Jacksonville in which he played poorly, was heavily booed by fans, and left with a knee injury.
Cheese Rolling: You’ve seen it on YouTube and television, competitors struggling to stay on their feet as they go full speed down a steep cliff, tumbling, turning, and flipping while racing and chasing cheese. E:60’s Jeremy Schaap was with the record 7,000 spectators at the event, dating back centuries, in which runners risk injury as they chase the cheese and race to be the first to reach the bottom of Cooper’s Hill, a 250-foot-tall cliff in Gloucester, England – 100 miles west of London.
Where are They Now: Georgeann Wells
SportsCenter (Sunday 10 a.m.); ESPN.com
If a player dunked a basketball, but no video of it was available, was it really a dunk? Well, 25 years ago, WVU’s 6-foot-7 Georgeann Wells became the first woman to dunk in an NCAA basketball game, but the opposing team’s coach refused to release the only video of the play. Without visual documentation, Wells’ dunk went unacknowledged for years until a reporter uncovered the proof that turned myth into an historic moment. Greg Garber reports.
OTL: MLB Hall-of-Famers Talk Steroids on Induction Weekend; Action Sports, Pushing the Limits Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ESPN; noon ESPNEWS)
MLB Hall of Fame: With the Baseball Hall of Fame enshrining three members Sunday, questions abound about the effect of the steroids era on future inductions, and on the very Hall itself. Low vote totals for Mark McGwire and similarly controversial candidates with Cooperstown-worthy numbers loom over Sunday’s ceremonies and the foreseeable future. With balloting for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa ahead, OTL speaks with some of the game’s greats gathered in Cooperstown about what they see on the Hall’s horizon.
Action Sports:Outside the Lines spoke with several past and present action sports athletes about the progression of their sports, and how the quest to perform bigger and better tricks has created greater expectations and increased risk.
“The stuff that we are doing now wasn’t even considered possible 20 years ago, let alone anyone would ever want to try it.” – Tony Hawk, skateboarding icon who landed the first-ever 900 (two and a half mid-air spins) at the X Games
Boxing Surges During Recessions, Tijuana New Epicenter of Mexican Boxing ESPN Deportes SportsCenter (Sunday, 11 p.m.) ESPNDeportes.com
From Jose “Pipino” Cuevas to Julio Cesar Chavez, and more recently Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez, Mexico has long been a boxing hotbed. While Mexicali in Baja California and Tepito in Mexico City have resonated the most within this sport, Tijuana is the new epicenter of Mexican boxing. ESPN Deportes looks at the forces driving this boxing boom.
College Sports Not Immune to Current Economic Challenges ESPN.com features a five-part series on the economy’s impact on college sports.