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Prime ESPN promos

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 25, 2002

SportsCenter will have a countdown of its top promotional commercials. Here's a synopsis, in no particular order:

AROUND THE WORLD: Dan Patrick and Kenny Mayne do international SportsCenter editions while dressed in regional garb (including massive sombreros).

BROADCAST NEWS: A relay that includes athletes such as Evander Holyfield, Pete Sampras and Drew Bledsoe delivering a tape just in time for SportsCenter.

CORNERMEN: Boxing trainer Lou Duva and his team work on anchor Rich Eisen during a commercial break. Eisen says in despair, "I can't go back out there."

MIXED REVIEWS: Anchors Kenny Mayne and Dan Patrick offer differing assessments of their performances in a locker room interview. Finally, Patrick becomes irritated with the interviewer: "It's starting to wear on me. . . . Yeah, it's the greatest job in the world. That's what I tell you guys."

Y2K: SportsCenter prepares for computer glitches caused by the change to the year 2000. The spot ends with anchor Charlie Steiner, wearing a tie as a bandana and carrying a lantern, shouting, "Follow me to freedom!"

-- Compiled by Sharon Ginn and Mike Stephenson.

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