You can kiss Erin Andrews goodbye as an ESPN employee. Which is about as close as any of us reading (or writing) this will get to kissing the sideline reporter who also was a contestant on ABC’S “Dancing With the Stars” in 2010.
“Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN,” an ESPN spokesperson said Friday (June 29). “She did great work for us and we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter.”
Andrews’ contract with the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports runs out Saturday. SI.com reported Fox Sports is hot to trot with Andrews, who reportedly met with Fox officials about a major role in the network’s college football coverage.
Lewis Kay, a representative for Andrews, told SI.com, “We are not in a position to discuss Erin’s next career move.”
Well, they’ve certainly had time to ponder it. She last had an on-air assignment in March for the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament.
Andrews, 34, joined ESPN in 2004. Given her popularity (and the fact that ESPN’s recently departed Michelle Beadle, 37, landed at NBC, where she reportedly will be working primarily for NBC Sports Network with the plan also including becoming co-host of “Access Hollywood”), Andrews would appear to be a hot commodity.
One would think a broad (no pun intended, thank you; and, no, I won’t find a different adjective, so maybe there is some intent) range of opportunities would exist with Fox. No truth that Erin would replace Marge on “The Simpsons” (much to Homer’s chagrin, one can only imagine).
You want to talk “American Idol” perhaps? To more than a few folks in the audience (and elsewhere), that’s a fairly accurate assessment of Andrews.
The mercury has risen lately in Chicago with triple-digit temperatures boggling and/or broiling the mind. The WNBA Chicago Sky wasn’t so hot in its 84-81 loss to Mercury of another variety — as in the team from Phoenix.
The Mercury outrebounded the Sky 42-25. DeWanna Bonner, who is almost as thin as the Chicago Cubs’ chances of reaching baseball’s postseason this year, had a game-high 27 points for Phoenix (4-9). Swin Cash led the Sky (7-5), which lost its fourth in a row, with 16 points. Sky center Sylvia Fowles (11 points, 10 rebounds) posted her 11th double-double in 12 games this season but was only 3-of-12 from the field against tough interior defense.
“I don’t think Sylvia worked as hard as she needed to work today to get the ball,” Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. I credit Avery [Warley], I credit Krystal [Thomas]. It’s not an easy task but you’ve got to outwork people and use your quickness.”
“This is the first game I didn’t get double-teamed or triple-teamed,” Fowles said. “The jumpers were easier, but they weren’t falling. It came down to not being aggressive and not being myself.”
(On trying to contribute offensively)
“It gets hard but at the same time it’s part of the game. You have those games where nothing goes your way, and you just have to keep pushing through it. At some point you find your way back.”
Cash had a chance to tie the game with a last-second three-point attempt.
“I tried to get it up,” Cash said. “Obviously Bonner was closing out on me, and she’s long, so I had to shoot it a little bit higher, but, hey, I got a look at it, and if I had it back, I’d probably take the same shot.”
The Sky didn’t appear to have an answer for Bonner, the league’s sixth woman of the year a record three times.
“She drives and she lives at the free-throw line,” Cash said. “When people are driving in there and living at the free-throw line, they’re able to get a good rhythm and get a lot of points. I though collectively we were doing a good job on her, but she would someway figure out how to get a foul, and I think that kind of hurt our momentum sometimes during the game.”
“She is our go-to player now,” Mercury coach Corey Gaines said. “We try to get her as many shots as we can. She is starting to come into her own, and she knows where to get her shot from.”
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