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Remote Patrol

By JOHN C. COTEY
Published February 20, 2004

Dream Job, ESPN's new reality series, debuts at 10 p.m. Sunday.

The series pits 12 contestants against each other. They will be put through a variety of tasks such as interviewing and play-by-play, with a panel of judges and online voters at espn.com deciding who stays and who goes.

The judging panel will consist of Tony Kornheiser, co-host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption; Al Jaffe, ESPN vice president of talent negotiation and production recruitment; ESPN2's Cold Pizza co-host Kit Hoover; and Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington.

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott is the host of the program, which held tryouts in Tampa last year but didn't choose anyone from the area to be on the show.

No longer Mad Max

Max Kellerman, the former Around the Horn host and boxing analyst on ESPN, was hired by Fox Sports Net to host a weeknight cable talk show.

The yet-to-be-named program is scheduled to begin in April and will be the first FSN program to originate from New York, where Kellerman lives. Fox is based in Los Angeles.

Kellerman, 30, left ESPN at the end of January when a new contract couldn't be worked out. He also is expected to be a contributor to the network's boxing coverage, as well as the Best Damn Sports Show Period.

Do you believe in miracles?

The origin of the movie Hoosiers, a 90-minute ESPN production called the Milan Miracle, airs at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN Classic.

The program will showcase original black-and-white game footage of the 1954 Indiana high school championship game between Milan and Muncie Central high schools. ESPN says it will be the first national telecast of the game that inspired the movie.

Gary Miller will host the program, which will show the original 16mm footage of the game, along with the original radio play-by-play call. Also included will be interviews with Muncie guard Phil Raisor and Milan guard Bobby Plump, who hit the winning shot.

After the Milan Miracle, ESPN Classic will broadcast this year's game live between the two schools to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the title game.

Fun fact

There are 23 college basketball games on television Saturday.

[Last modified February 20, 2004, 01:31:57]


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