Fooling Around on Around the Horn

“Around the Horn” debuted on November 4, 2002 on ESPN. The original host was Max Kellerman, and the production team was led by Joseph Maar, James Cohen, Mark Shapiro, Todd Mason and erik Rydholm. Kellerman was replaced by Tony Reali on February 2, 2004. Known as the “stat boy,” Reali claims that he remembers each show in the program’s first ten years. He recalls Michael Smith doing impressions of Barack Obama, Lil Wayne surprising everyone as a guest panelist and Woody Paige being blanketed in cofetti in commemoration of his 300th win. Reali also recalls the day he was asked to host the show. He had previously participated in “Around the Horn” as a panelist, tvsavings.org, but he felt unprepared to be a full-time host and initially turned down the offer. He eventually said “yes,” and began hosting the program the very next day. The current format of the show includes an introduction, a discussion of sports headlines, a rapid-fire session about three different topics, a discussion of indirectly related sports stories and a showdown between columnists about cultural or sports stories. At the end of the show, the winning columnist can speak about anything he or she wants for 30 seconds. Reali then says goodbye and throws his crumpled notes toward the camera.

Around the Horn’s Halloween Edition Costumes

Many people love to listen to talk radio shows. It’s a great way to learn something new within the sports arena. Woody Paige dressed up as the Joker on Halloween in 2008. This episode was one of the most popular with the audience since it began in 2002. ESPN attracts many sports enthusiasts who love baseball, football, soccer and basketball. ESPN also features other sports such as race car driving and college football games. Around The Horn is a popular talk show hosted by Toni Reali. There is a round table Read the rest of this entry »

The Format of Around the Horn: All Eleven Rounds

Each episode of Around the Horn, what ESPN calls “the sport of competitive banter,” contains eleven possible segments. These are as follows:

  1. Introduction A regular opening segment introducing topics and panelists. Points or mutes may be awarded, and pre-show violations are announced.
  2. The First Word Discussion of two current sports headlines.
  3. Buy or SellRapid segment in which panels “buy” or “sell” three different concepts from current sports headlines.
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The Evolution of the Sets for Around the Horn

Around the Horn has undergone quite a few changes since the first episode aired in 2002. One of those changes is that the sets are different now. In the beginnings of the show, the panelists weren’t allowed to have anything provocative in the background. They weren’t supposed to distract the television audience from the main points of the show. Woody Paige began putting little messages on a dry erase board behind his area on the set. This message would usually Read the rest of this entry »

Tony Reali, “Stat boy” and Around the Horn Host

A native of New York City’s Staten Island, ESPN’s Jack-of-all-Trades Tony Reali has been putting in work on two separate shows for many years. He is the host of the well-known Around the Horn afternoon sports program, which brings together sportswriters from all over the world and allows them to put forth their opinions on various issues in one collective forum.

Reali does a very admirable job of controlling personalities of all types while soliciting their input on various topics. He is known for keeping a smile on his face and an upbeat attitude, and has Read the rest of this entry »

The Premier Episode of Around the Horn in 2002

When Around the Horn debuted in 2002, sports fans instantly fell in love with the show. This was a new style of debate show that sparked the interests of everyone who watched. Tony Reali was a charismatic young host with a lot of potential. He would allow the panelists to have a turn debating current issues in sports. The panelists usually gave serious answers to try to win points, but sometimes they went off the cuff a bit. The show is both funny and informative. It’s quite the entertaining sports show for Read the rest of this entry »

A Decade Around the Horn: History and Commentary

“Around the Horn” debuted on November 4, 2002 on ESPN. The original host was Max Kellerman, and the production team was led by Joseph Maar, James Cohen, Mark Shapiro, Todd Mason and erik Rydholm.

Kellerman was replaced by Tony Reali on February 2, 2004. Known as the “stat boy,” Reali claims that he remembers each show in the program’s first ten years. He recalls Michael Smith doing impressions of Barack Obama, Lil Wayne surprising everyone as a guest panelist and Woody Paige being blanketed in cofetti in commemoration of his 300th win.

Reali also recalls the day he was asked Read the rest of this entry »

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