ESPN’s E:60 Returns Tonight

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ESPN’s E: 60 returns with a whole new season tonight.

ESPN kicks off its Fall 2014 season of E: 60 tonight beginning at 8pm ET.  Tonight’s season premiere presents two in-depth feature that come from the NFL.  The first of the pair focuses on Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and the second on the Seattle Seahawks’ polarizing cornerback Richard Sherman.

On the heels of the Ray Rice case, E: 60’s Jeffri Chadiha sits down with Jamaal Charles and discusses the murder of his wife’s cousin Kasandra Perkins.  Perkins was murdered by her husband Jovan Belcher, who was also a teammate to Charles.  Belcher turned the gun on himself after killing his wife in December of 2012.  It is now believed that Belcher’s actions may have been the result of CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.  Charles discusses the terrible tragedy as well as his own tough childhood, growing up as part of a large family and more in that interview.

In the second of the night’s premiere features, Kenny Mayne talked with Richard Sherman.  The outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback has made headlines since the buildup to last season’s Super Bowl.  But as Kenny Mayne reveals, there is a whole other side to Sherman that few if any know of.  Mayne reveals in his talk with Sherman that he [Sherman] demands success of himself not just on the gridiron but off the field, too.  Sherman reveals in his interview with Mayne that much of his drive for excellence goes back to his younger days growing up in Compton, California.  He also discusses how his days playing at Stanford played a role in his development, too.  It is an intimate portrait of a man much deeper than the one most people know of.

Along with the interviews with Sherman and Charles, there is also a feature on “Morganna, The Kissing Bandit.”  The famed figure rose to fame in the 1970s and 80s, well before the rise of Youtube and viral videos as she would run out onto the field at MLB games, kissing players.  She disappeared suddenly in the 90s.  Now fifteen years after she disappeared, “Morganna, The Kissing Bandit” has re-emerged.  She sat down with E: 60’s Wright Thompson to discuss her reputation and how it was a troubled personal life that led her to become the famed figure.

The figures scheduled to appear on tonight’s season premiere of ESPN’s E: 60 are but a handful of the names set to come on the network’s hit show this season.  Also expected to appear this season are: Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, NFL superstar Gerald McCoy, famed pitcher Randy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten, and New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.  The complete schedule for this season is noted below.

Fall Highlights of E:60

Date and Time (ET) Scheduled stories include*
Tue. Sept. 30 (8:00pm) Jamaal Charles, Richard Sherman
Tue. Oct. 7 (8:00pm) Max Scherzer,
Tue. Oct. 14 (7:00pm) Gerald McCoy, Randy Johnson
Tue, Oct. 21 (8:00pm) Jason Witten
Tue. Oct. 28 (8:00pm) Rob Ryan
Tue, Nov. 4 (8:00pm) Cam Newton

*Air dates & stories subject to change

 

More information on this season of E: 60 is available online now at:

Website: http://e60.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/espne60

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Astros’ new anniversary box set is a home run for fans

The Houston Astros celebrate fifty years as a team this year.  In celebration of the team’s anniversary, A&E Home Video and Major League Baseball Productions are set to release a retrospective box set on the team’s history.  “Astros 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition” hits stores May 15th, just as Major League Baseball starts to hit its Summer stride.  And for any true Astros fan, this five-disc collector’s edition box set is a must have.  Also, considering that Father’s day is right around the corner from the set’s official release date, it’s a great gift idea for all the dads out there, too.

The “50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition” includes five discs.  Four of those discs highlight some of the team’s greatest moments.  The great moments included here are:  Nolan Ryan’s fifth no-hitter on September 26, 1981, Mike Scott’s Division clinching No-Hitter against the Giants from September 25, 1986, the team’s famous 18-inning NLDS clincher against the Braves, and Astros legend Craig Biggio’s 3,000th hit in the team’s match against the Rockies on June 28th, 2007.  Each game recieves its own slipcase in the box, which protects each one.  Add in that each Add in the single disc feature, “Astros Memories:  The Greatest Moments in Astros Baseball History” and fans get nearly twelve enjoyable hours of material. 

“Astros Memories:  The Greatest Moments in Astros Baseball History” is an excellent starting point for any Astros fan in viewing this box set.  While the set does include the aforementioned high notes of the team’s history, this single disc feature delves into the team’s history, going all the way back to the days of the Colt .45’s up to the modern era of the Astros.  It discusses the team’s early days playing in searing Texas heat while the famed Astrodome was being built, and the drastic difference (and problems) of playing in the domed stadium and eventually move in to Minute Maid Park.  One of the funniest moments of the team’s days in the Astrodome comes when the comparison is made between the Astros uniform in 1976 to that of the Chicago White Sox.  Some players and fans didn’t like the Astros uniforms.  But one former player makes the comment that compared to the collared shirt and shorts that the White Sox had, he was glad to wear his team’s uniform.

The laughs about uniforms aside, this feature has plenty more for Astros fans to enjoy.  It highlights the influence of Astros greats such as the legendary Nolan Ryan.  The discussion centered on Ryan includes his fifth no-hitter, which again, is included in its entirely on its own disc in this five-disc set.  There are also discussions cenetered on fellow Astros legends Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio (A.K.A. The Killer B’s), and the acquisition of Roger “The Rocket” Clemens and Andy Pettitte.  The discussion on Biggio also includes his famed 3,000th hit.  That game, too, gets its own disc in this set.  It also makes certain to spend ample time on the contributions of Hal Lanier and many others early in the team’s history.  Simply put, it does more than dropping a bunch of names.  It focuses on everything and everyone that made the Astros the team that its fans have come to love today.  And while the team’s season is off to a rough start this year, this set could help to remind fans that even when critics say the team’s season is dead and buried, it can surprise everyone and “blast off” into baseball’s srtatosphere yet again.