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Sledge
02-18-2009, 07:41 PM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- ESPN and Walt Disney World Resort are again offering fans the opportunity to see and hear ESPN personalities and current and legendary athletes during ESPN The Weekend presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, a one-of-a-kind sports-themed special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Feb. 27-March 1.


ESPN personalities John Anderson, Colin Cowherd, Jay Crawford, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Dana Jacobson, Chris McKendry, Karl Ravech, Stuart Scott and Trey Wingo are scheduled to participate, along with more than 30 athletes, including NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Kurt Warner andrecently retired Brett Favre;2009MLB Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson; and U.S. Olympic gold medalists Shawn Johnson and Misty May-Treanor, among many others. The ESPN personalities and sports celebrities expected to attend the sixth annual event are listed at www.espntheweekend.com (http://www.espntheweekend.com/) (click on Who’s Coming).


ESPN The Weekend will feature on-site telecasts of popular ESPN programs (beginning Thursday, Feb. 26), including Baseball Tonight, First Take, Mike & Mike in the Morning, NFL Live and interview segments on SportsCenter; motorcades and Q&A sessions with athletes and ESPN personalities; Inside ESPN sports shows with commentators and athletes; live ESPN Radio broadcasts; and the ESPN Sports Zone interactive area. Guests also will be able to enjoy all the popular shows and attractions at the theme park during Disney’s “What Will You Celebrate?” celebration. Dick’s Sporting Goods will serve as presenting sponsor of the event for the third straight year.


LIVE ON-SITE ESPN TELECASTS
ESPN will present live daily telecasts -- including First Take (10 a.m., ESPN2) and NFL Live (4 p.m., ESPN, Feb. 26-27 –from a set in front of Mickey’s Sorcerer's Hat on Hollywood Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Park guests will have a chance to appear on-air via crowd shots while watching the programming on in-park video screens. Popular ESPN Radio shows Mike & Mike in the Morning and The Herd with Colin Cowherdwill be broadcast live from the ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk on
Feb. 26-27.


As Major League Baseball Spring Training games get underway in Florida, ESPN’s on-site program lineup will feature the Atlanta Braves’ home game against the Houston Astros at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex (Feb. 26, 1 p.m.). Also, Karl Ravech will host a special two-hour Baseball Tonight with analysts Peter Gammons, John Kruk, Steve Phillips and Chris Singleton from the theme park
March 1 at 4 p.m. as ESPN’s popular baseball news, information and highlights show kicks off its 20th season.


INSIDE ESPN
Live stage shows will bring fans and guests behind-the-scenes of some of the network's most popular programs, including SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, First Take, NFL Live and Stump the Schwab. The shows will provide an inside look at favorite athletes, teams and ESPN programs. Fans can get into the action themselves by asking questions directly to ESPN personalities and athletes.


DREAM JOB – THE EXPERIENCE
Guests who think they have what it takes to be on SportsCenter can experience what it’s like to audition for ESPN. Select contestants will go through a series of “on-air” tasks and the audience will select the best “sportscaster” during each show. ESPN personalities and sports celebrities will help mentor contestants as part of the experience.


MOTORCADES AND CONVERSATIONS
Periodically throughout each day, sports stars will motorcade up the park's Hollywood Boulevard to the stage at the base of Mickey’s Sorcerer's Hat and join ESPN commentators for conversations about their careers and Q&A sessions with park guests.


ESPN SPORTS ZONE INTERACTIVE AREA
The ESPN Sports Zone will give guests of all ages the opportunity to test their skills at a wide variety of sports, including biking on an X Games dirt course. MLB-, NBA- and NFL-themed interactive areas within the Zone will have fans swinging for the fences, shooting baskets and throwing passes, as well as Dick’s Sporting Goods’ Sports Caravan, a multi-sport interactive area.


The ESPN Sports Zone will also include an ESPN Play Your Way playground. A fitness initiative launched in May 2004 to address youth obesity, Play Your Way was designed by Team ESPN, the corporate outreach program for ESPN, Inc., to inspirekids 7-12 years old to use their imagination and create their own physically active games.


5K ROAD RACE AND FUN RUN
A new addition to ESPN The Weekend, this 5K race through Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Sat., Feb. 28 at 7 a.m.) will challenge runners along the course with ESPN and sports trivia and will feature athletes and ESPN personalities, including Anderson, Ravech and Wingo. Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, the 5K will benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research, and all participants will receive a T-shirt and finisher’s medal. There will also be a Fun Run for kids at 8:30 a.m. To register, visit www.disneyenduranceseries.com (http://www.disneyenduranceseries.com/)

TICKETING AND ADMISSION
Event activities are included in regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Walt Disney World Resort’s innovative ticket pricing system "Magic Your Way" provides guests with the opportunity to customize their vacations, and Florida residents can save on tickets all year long.

ABOUT DICK’S SPORTING GOODS
Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. is an authentic full-line sporting goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment. As of Jan. 31, 2009, the Company operated 384 Dick's Sporting Goods stores in 39 states primarily throughout the eastern half of the U.S. The Company also owns Golf Galaxy, Inc., a multi-channel golf specialty retailer, with 89 stores in 31 states, ecommerce websites and catalog operations and Chick's Sporting Goods, Inc., which operates 14 specialty sporting goods stores in Southern California.


The past two years have been a blast. This year has some of the annual regulars and a few newbs on the list like Brett Favre and Shawn Johnson. I know at one point Michael Phelps was supposed to be there, but I'm not seeing him on the list ever since he got busted.

Drew
02-18-2009, 07:52 PM
Man, I've been dying to go to this for years.

Every year I see the commercials over and over and I want to go so bad. Maybe next year I can try and work it into my budget and head down to try out some of this stuff.

Is it hard to get autographs from the players that week? I can't imagine getting Favre's autograph. That'll be hard as hell, I'm sure. It'll be interesting to see Favre and Rodgers together again. Favre will totally be overshadowing him once again.

SpyderDan
02-18-2009, 08:23 PM
I went to last year's and it was incredible. It was even better than I expected. The entire event is really well done. I snapped like 200 pictures too that day haha.

Sledge
02-18-2009, 08:44 PM
Autographs are eeeeeeeeeasy to get. In 2007 I got Mike Metzger, Tony Gonzalez, Hines Ward, Drew Brees, Mike Singletary, Thurman Thomas, Steve Smith, Donnie Edwards, Herschel Walker and most of the ESPN guys. The easiest way to get them is to go to the Dream Job shows where they are special guest Judges and often stay afterwards to sign autographs.

Drew
02-18-2009, 08:53 PM
Autographs are eeeeeeeeeasy to get. In 2007 I got Mike Metzger, Tony Gonzalez, Hines Ward, Drew Brees, Mike Singletary, Thurman Thomas, Steve Smith, Donnie Edwards, Herschel Walker and most of the ESPN guys. The easiest way to get them is to go to the Dream Job shows where they are special guest Judges and often stay afterwards to sign autographs.

Ah, man. Someone's gotta get me Joba Chamberlain or CC Sabathia's autograph. :thumbs:

d a n n y
02-18-2009, 09:42 PM
If anybody here can get me CC's and Joba's baseballs signed I'd pay whatever it costs.

Beachgurl
02-26-2009, 11:47 PM
We were out there last night and they've got the stage all set up.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2mrb66d.jpg

Drew
02-27-2009, 03:04 AM
If someone can get me an autograph from Dwight Howard, CC Sabathia, Joba Chamberlain, or Brett Favre... well.. Mad props to you. Haha.

BriMan
02-28-2009, 08:00 PM
I just got back from DHS and was able to enjoy ESPN The Weekend with Jason (Sledge) and Ang (Beachgurl). Not a lot of autographs being given out, although they did give out a free autograph book. :lol:

Jason will be home later and will have a massive update of the event.

In the mean time, here are a few to whet your appetite. I promise you his shots will be much better.

Kurt Warner
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/bggame22/espn1.jpg

Misty May-Treanor
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/bggame22/espn3.jpg

Tony Dorsett
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/bggame22/espn4.jpg

Orlando Magic Dunking Dancers..dunking. :lol:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/bggame22/espn2.jpg

SpyderDan
02-28-2009, 08:21 PM
Great pics, Brian.

disneyfan168
02-28-2009, 09:35 PM
Could you scan sunday's schedule on the map and post it??????

BriMan
02-28-2009, 10:09 PM
Could you scan sunday's schedule on the map and post it??????


I don't have a scanner. Sorry. Who did you wanna see? I can post some of the times for you :lol:

disneyfan168
02-28-2009, 10:23 PM
I just need the times until 5.

BriMan
02-28-2009, 10:42 PM
I just need the times until 5.

:lol: It's a whole bunch of times......basically there is something to see every half-hour.

disneyfan168
02-28-2009, 10:50 PM
Can you post a few of the major ones and will Shawn Johnson or Kurt Warner be there?

BriMan
02-28-2009, 11:03 PM
Can you post a few of the major ones and will Shawn Johnson or Kurt Warner be there?

Shawn Johnson yes, Warner no. He was only there today.

Here are some of the big ones.

9:30 AM Motorcade and Q&A with Charles Tillman, Donnie Edwards, and Maurice Jones-Drew.

11:00AM Motorcade and Q&A with Brian Westbrook, Brandon Jacobs, Tony Gonzalez, Vernon Davis, and Steven Jackson.

11:30AM Q&A with Shawn Johnson and Misty May-Treanor

12:30PM Dream Job with Brandon Jacobs and Scottie Pippen.

4:00pm Baseball Tonight Special Taping. With a whole mess of Baseball players including CC, Ryan Howard, and Joba. :lol:

5:30PM Stump the Schwab with CC, Joba, and Brad Lidge.

disneyfan168
02-28-2009, 11:06 PM
Thanks so much!!!!!!!!

SpyderDan
02-28-2009, 11:10 PM
What's the Dream Job thing with Brandon Jacobs?

Sledge
02-28-2009, 11:13 PM
Three contestants read highlights and the celebrity judges critique them.

Sledge
03-02-2009, 08:32 PM
Sledge visited ESPN this past weekend and got some great pictures of the star players, Olympians and Hall of Famers in attendance.

http://orlandounited.com/news/espn09_1.html

SpyderDan
03-02-2009, 08:53 PM
Sledge visited ESPN this past weekend and got some great pictures of the star players, Olympians and Hall of Famers in attendance.

http://orlandounited.com/news/espn09_1.html

Great, great update, Sledge. I enjoyed looking at those pics. I wish I could've seen Brandon Jacobs in person again. Also, those questions the kids asked Favre are so awesome. What did he say in response?

Sledge
03-02-2009, 09:00 PM
Everyone had a good laugh about the retirement question. Jim Kelly made a joke about the kid's dad putting him up to asking Favre the question. Favre laughed about it too. Then about Strahan he just explained the play and basically said the same things he's been saying since 2001. :shrug:

Also worth mentioning. A kid asked Favre what his favorite Disney ride was. Favre gave a "What the hell?" look and said "Soarin'". Booo! Soarin' is overrated. :lol:

SpyderDan
03-02-2009, 09:04 PM
Everyone had a good laugh about the retirement question. Jim Kelly made a joke about the kid's dad putting him up to asking Favre the question. Favre laughed about it too. Then about Strahan he just explained the play and basically said the same things he's been saying since 2001. :shrug:

Also worth mentioning. A kid asked Favre what his favorite Disney ride was. Favre gave a "What the hell?" look and said "Soarin'". Booo! Soarin' is overrated. :lol:

Hahaha wow. That's just hilarious. I'm stunned Favre went at all to be honest.

Drew
03-02-2009, 10:54 PM
Awesome update, Jason. I really have to get to this one year.

The questions to Favre are epic, haha. I'd love to do one of those Stump the Schwab type shows there just to team up with a player. That would be pretty sweet. I wish Universal had something like this.