Monday, June 1, 2009

ESPN Goes Inside the Lines

ESPN has dispatched senior writer and three-time Sports Emmy winner Wayne Drehs to go behind the scenes in Costa Rica as the U.S. team travels to one of the toughest venues in the region. U.S. Soccer has given Wayne the access to be a fly on the wall for the next two days, collecting first-hand accounts, video and photos to produce a cross-platform story that will appear on as well as the ESPN networks later this summer.

That's a very formal way of saying ESPN is gearing up to do a big-time story of life on the road for the U.S. We've always said you've got to see it to believe it, and now Wayne is getting a shot.

If you've got any questions for Wayne during the next two days, send 'em over.


BJames said...

I have a question for Wayne. The biggest complaint my friends have when I make them watch soccer with me (which is often) is that they simply cannot get on board with the concept of a game ending in a tie. Any self-respecting soccer fan will tell you that oftentimes a 0-0 tie can be a much more exciting game than a 3-0 blowout. As a sports writer and developing soccer fan, does he think there is any way to communicate the thrill of the "pulsating draw" to the average American viewer?

Jonathan deShetler said...

I would like to see, if possible, close ups of on field action WITH AUDIO al la Spike Lee's documentary on Kobe ("doin' Work.") Imagine seeing a close up and hearing Donovan going at it with one of the costa rican players (made possible by Donovan's bilingualism). Or, seeing what kind of communication the players have with each other as plays unfold. What kind of communication players can not have because of the atmosphere and the home crowd.

I know kobe had to wear a mike to do make this happen in the Spike Lee flick. How was this possible during games? Does anyone think it could be possible in a soccer match? (I would think it would be harder)

JumboBuc said...

Jonathan deShetler-

Actually, Spike Lee was inspired to make "Kobe Doin' Work" by "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait" which used 17 cameras to follow Zinedine Zidane throughout an entire match against Villarreal in 2005. So, if you want to see a soccer version of "Kobe Doin' Work", check out the original with Zidane.