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SportsNation host Michelle Beadle sat down with Sports Editor Adam Holt for an exclusive interview during the show’s stop in Madison. Beadle was told by co-workers that Madison was the best Big Ten college town.[/media-credit]ESPN’s SportsNation, a show merging sports, pop culture and viewer interactivity, began a four-day tour of Big Ten campuses this week, kicking things off here in Madison. The show was broadcast live from the Terrace at Memorial Union yesterday afternoon. Herald Sports got to sit down with Jamie Horowitz, co-creator and coordinating producer of SportsNation, as well as co-host Michelle Beadle for a Q&A session before the show. Questions and responses have been edited for content and clarity.Badger Herald: How did the show start?Jamie Horowitz: I created the show with Kevin Wildes back in 2008. We pitched it to ESPN, they green-lit it and we moved to Connecticut. We always knew we wanted (co-host) Colin (Cowherd) to be the host, but we spent 10 months testing co-hosts before we found Michelle.BH: What was behind the Big Ten road trip?JH: We wanted to bring the show to the fans, since they’re such a big part of it. After we announced we were going to the Big Ten, we had all kinds of people getting angry, like “How are you not going to the SEC”?BH: Michelle, what had you heard about Madison?Michelle Beadle: I heard from a lot of guys back at work who had been here, that Madison was the best [Big Ten town]. I haven’t gotten to see as much of the city as I hoped, just kind of around this area (near the Union) and what’s that street? State Street? I’ve walked up that whole street. I really wanted to go on a run, but haven’t had time. They’ve kind of been driving us around everywhere, I’ve kind of gotten to see the area with the frats and sororities – they’re always real nice houses. I haven’t been to any of these cities before, here, Ann Arbor. I’m excited to go to Penn State, I think I have a cousin there or something. I’m determined to get a run in at Penn State.BH: How is co-hosting with Colin?MB: Colin is like my awkward older brother. He’s great. It’s been great though, it’s always better when you’re more comfortable with your co-anchor, co-host. When I’m gone, or have days off, or he has days off, the guest hosts are great, but it’s different. But Colin is great, because if you ask five different people, you’ll get five different opinions on him. I think the show lightened him up a bit, made him more likeable to people who had only heard him on the radio.BH: The show obviously relies a lot on viewer interaction. Is that the next evolution of television shows like this?JH: SportsNation, we’re just at the beginning of our journey – we’ve only been on the air 15 months. We grow as the fans grow; as more people come to the party, the more we learn about what we can do. Michelle and Colin have really evolved in the first year as well, in terms of their role on the show. Michelle, when we started the show, she wasn’t on Twitter. Now she has 100,000 followers. She’s on it every day, trying to find different angles and new ideas. It’s a real challenge, being part of the sports landscape – every day, all across the country, we’re having lots of the same conversations; should Michael Vick start or not start? It’s a real challenge to find a way to cut through and try to do something different, have a unique take.MB: Definitely, the interactivity is a big part, the next step. I was against Twitter before joining the show, but [I love it now]. We were at the bar the other night, I was getting updates from writers before I saw it [on T.V.]. It can kind of go too far sometimes, maybe – you have athletes tweeting about injuries as soon as they’re in the locker room.BH: What do you think about the Ines Sainz situation with the Jets? Is that an example of some of the challenges that exist as a woman in sports media?MB: I had no opinion on it. She wasn’t mad about it, so I didn’t care. It’s weird that I don’t have an opinion on it because I have an opinion on everything (laughs). Does she dress in a way that’s considered professional? No. But the Jets, they’re professionals, they shouldn’t have been acting like fourth-graders. I’ve been in – not NFL locker rooms – but NBA locker rooms and it’s the same. I could walk in wearing this [tablecloth] and a pair of shoes and I’d get comments. Boys will be boys.BH: What are you looking forward to with the show being in front of a live college audience on campus?MB: It’s the fun, the spontaneity. I hope Colin gets booed. And there’s always the one guy who yells something when it’s silent – I hope that happens. I hope it’s great, it should be. I hope they boo Colin – if you come, try and boo him.
Senior national basketball team of BiH will gather today in Sarajevo to start preparing for the European Championship in Slovenia, which will be held in September.Selector of the national team of BiH Aleksandar Petrović invited 16 players for preparations: Zackary Wright, Muhamed Pašalić, Filip Adamović, Nihad Đedovic, Nemanja Gordić, Marko Šutalo, Ante Mašić, Dalibor Peršić, Adin Vrabac, Mirza Teletović, Edin Bavčić, Miralem Halilović, Nedžad Sinanović , Elmedin Kikanović, Andrija Stipanović, Jusuf Nurkić.Petrović expects to have all invited players, except Zach Wright and captain Mirza Teletović who will join the team later.The first part of the preparation will be carried out in Sarajevo, and after seven days they will go to Slovenia, where they will work on fitness and tactics. After that, they will return to Sarajevo where they will stay for three or four days, and then in Slovenia, they will play against Slovenia, Georgia and Russia.‘’Impact of the seven-part preparations consists of two tournaments in Germany and Greece, where they will play six games’’ said the coach Petrović for Fena.In Germany BiH national team will play against a local team, against Greece and Macedonia, while during “Akropolis tournament” in Athens they will play against Italy, Greece and Latvia.European Championship in Slovenia will be held from 4th to 22th September 2013. Players of BiH will play in Jesenice in the B-group with Macedonia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Latvia and Serbia. (Source:Fena)
Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen puts on a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with his number on it on the sideline before an NFL football game Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)by John PerrottoAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen might be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he’s not their chief recruiter.The All-Star center fielder doesn’t plan to make any calls to right-hander A.J. Burnett, right fielder Marlon Byrd or any of Pittsburgh’s other free agents in an attempt to talk them into staying.“That’s out of my jurisdiction,” McCutchen said Thursday before hosting a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. “Those guys have to make their own decisions. I hope they stay but I also know that other free agents will come here. Pittsburgh isn’t a place for players to come when they (don’t) have anywhere to go anymore.”That’s what happens when a team wins.The Pirates ended their streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons, the longest in the history of the four major professional sports, by going 94-68 this year. They also reached the playoffs for the first time since winning a third straight division title in 1992.Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds in the NL wild-card game before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in a division series that went the full five games.McCutchen acknowledged wondering what might have been as he watched the NL champion Cardinals lose to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.“We took the Cardinals to the limit, gave them everything we had, so it was hard not to think that it could have been us playing the Red Sox,” McCutchen said. “I think we proved in the playoffs that we could play with anyone.“It was a great experience for us and a great experience personally because it was my first time in the playoffs. I tried to savor every minute.”The Pirates’ mission next season will be to prove they were not one-year wonders. Since the day after Pittsburgh clinched its playoff berth in September, general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle have been preaching the importance of sustaining the organization’s success.“We’re not going to rest on what we’ve done,” McCutchen said. “We’re only going to get better as a team and the people upstairs are going to do everything they can to give us the best chance possible.”McCutchen is one of three finalists for the NL MVP award, along with Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. The winner will be announced next Thursday.McCutchen hit .317 with 21 home runs, 84 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 158 games.“It’ll be interesting because Goldschmidt and Yadi had really good years,” McCutchen said. “There’s nothing more I can do now but wait and see what happens. Obviously, I’d love to win it. I’d definitely find some room in my office for it.”
Facebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryIn the summer issue of Wine Press Northwest, Westport Winery earned an “Outstanding” rating on Message In A Bottle, the latest vintage of their rosé of Sangiovese. This was the largest evaluation of Northwest blush wines in history with 122 entries. Of those, 30 were honored with an “Outstanding” defined by the magazine as having “superior characteristics and should be highly sought after.”Director of Winemaking, Dana Roberts, attributes much of this wine’s success to the grape grower, Mike Sauer of Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA outside of Wapato, Washington. Roberts said, “Working with Mike is a privilege. He’s a pioneer in the industry with such attention to detail that it makes my job a lot easier. The Grosso clone seems to be the perfect type of Sangiovese to create the ultimate Washington rosé.”The judges said, “Aromas of strawberry freezer jam and raspberry play out on the palate. There’s a drizzle of residual sugar on the entry, yet mouth-watering acidity akin to cranberry and blood orange makes for a zippy and delightful finish.”In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. It was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine six times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine.Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery’s second store, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.Westport Winery Garden Resort1 South Arbor RoadAberdeen, WA 98520360-648-2224Westport Winery Tasting at Cannon Beach255 N. HemlockCannon Beach, OR 97110503-436-4411