Familar Faces In New Places: ESPN Adds Two Writers

Monday, August 13, 2007

It's been awhile since I've done a "FINP", so I thought I'd throw a few out there. Here are a few folks making the move to new endeavours......

J.A. Adande- You might be as surprised as I am to read this, but apparently J.A. was not employed by ESPN as a writer up until today. For as much time as he spends on the network you'd think he'd have a cubical or something. He will focus mainly on writing about the NBA, but could become a talking head fixture like Michael Smith (AA can tolerate both so good move there).

Howard Bryant- The former Washington Post writer will be contributing a blend of columns, investigative reporting, and "long form" to the Leader. One of his first assignments will be to add content to ESPN the Mag. He's another great writer who's penned a few books.....another good addition.

Ike Reese- The former NFL linebacker was one of the few NFLers that got to go through the Broadcasting Boot Camp earlier this, and he now has a job from it. Reese is taking over for Ron Jaworski as the lead analyst during the Philadelphia Eagles Pre-Season Games. You'll also see Ike on Comcast and WIP this year if you live in or near Philly.

Also.....Brennamania is staying in Cincy for a few more years. The Reds signed Marty Brennaman to a 3-year extension.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:18 PM


The J.A. Adande lounge is open.

He's as smooth as a Scott Van Pelt voicemail.

Anonymous said...
Aug 13, 2007, 4:44:00 PM  

I like Bryant. He did great work at the Boston Herald. I don't know if he has others, but I've read at least parts of two books he's written, Shut Out and Juicing The Game. The first is a must-read for those interested in Boston race relations (my only complaint - it reads like a sportswriter trying to write a 400 page book. Very repetitive at times), the second a look at what made the 1990s the huge offensive era that it was (and much better written, in my opinion).

Aug 13, 2007, 4:48:00 PM  

That must be about 6 of the latest hires by ESPN that are black...

Just sayin'...

I could have sworn it was the farewall tour for Brennemania...but he was milkin the crowd, shocking.

hollywood wags said...
Aug 13, 2007, 7:25:00 PM  

For some reason, my circle of friends only refers to him as "IKE MUTHAF**KING REESE!". Not sure how that started.

Aug 13, 2007, 8:39:00 PM  

Did someone draw that mustache on J.A.? And did he call himself J.A. while growing up? Way too easy of a name to make fun of, it would seem to me.

Dummy said...
Aug 13, 2007, 9:10:00 PM  

Is Adanda doing a Billy Dee Williams imitation in that pic?

Maybe one of them can debate with Skip Bayless on First and Ten? Anything is better than the "Two Live Stews"...it's like listening to two drunk guys with no good arguments arguing at a bar.

Anonymous said...
Aug 14, 2007, 1:11:00 AM  

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