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This article is about the ESPN sports discussion show. For the BBC radio comedy, see Round the Horne.
Around the Horn
Genre Sports talk and debate
Starring Tony Reali, Jay Mariotti, Woody Paige, and other sports writers (see below)
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 1,047 (as of September 21, 2007)[1]
Production
Executive producer(s) James Cohen,
Erik Rydholm,
Mark Shapiro
Producer(s) Dan Farmer,
Aaron Solomon,
Bill Wolff
Location Washington, D.C.
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ESPN
Original run November 4, 2002 – present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Around the Horn (sometimes abbreviated ATH) is a daily, half-hour sports talk program on ESPN filmed in Washington, D.C. It airs at 5:00 pm ET, in a sports talk hour with Pardon the Interruption, with the hour repeated at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS. Its official title is Around the Horn presented by Nissan. It was a production of ESPN Original Entertainment. It is currently hosted by Tony Reali. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... // Double-A (AA) is the second-highest level of minor league baseball (below AAA), and includes the Eastern League, the Southern League, and the Texas League. ... Round the Horne was one of the most influential BBC Radio comedy programmes, comparable to The Goon Show in its influence on other comedy programmes. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... Debate (North American English) or debating (British English) is a formal method of interactive and position representational argument. ... Anthony Joseph Paul Tony Reali (born July 4, 1978 in Staten Island, New York) is an American sports personality and television host, and the current host of Around the Horn on ESPN. He is also the ombudsman or stat boy on Pardon the Interruption. ... Jay Mariotti (born 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American sportswriter. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Not to be confused with the baseball term around the horn. This article is about the ESPN sports discussion show. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Dan Farmer in 1996 Dan Farmer is a computer security researcher. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Pardon the Interruption (abbreviated PTI) is a sports television show that airs weekdays on various ESPN TV channels, TSN, XM and Sirius satellite radio services, and as a downloadable podcast. ... ESPNEWS (word origin: grammatical blend of ESPN and news), launched on November 1, 1996, is a 24-hour-a-day sports news television channel produced by the sports network ESPN. It airs news, highlights, press conferences, and commentary by analysts all in relation to sports. ... “Nissan” redirects here. ... ESPN Original Entertainment logo ESPN Original Entertainment or EOE is a production company that developes various branded programming for ESPN, an American sports entertainment cable channel. ... Anthony Joseph Paul Tony Reali (born July 4, 1978 in Staten Island, New York) is an American sports personality and television host, and the current host of Around the Horn on ESPN. He is also the ombudsman or stat boy on Pardon the Interruption. ...

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History

Around the Horn premiered on November 4, 2002, hosted by Max Kellerman. It replaced the interview show Unscripted with Chris Connelly. On February 2, 2004, Tony Reali, known as "Stat Boy" on Pardon the Interruption, became the show's new host when Kellerman left ESPN due to a contract dispute. The show's launch team and daily production management was led by broadcast executive Todd Mason. On July 10, 2007, the show celebrated its 1,000th episode in a show won by Jay Mariotti. Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption have a combined household rating of 788,000 homes in 2006. The 4th quarter was the most-watched quarter ever for both shows. ATH had increased ratings in 12 of the last 13 quarters through the end of 2006. is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Max Kellerman (born August 6, 1973) is an American sports talk radio host from New York City. ... Unscripted with Chris Connelly was a half-hour daily interview program that aired on ESPN from October 22, 2001 until June 25, 2002. ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Anthony Joseph Paul Tony Reali (born July 4, 1978 in Staten Island, New York) is an American sports personality and television host, and the current host of Around the Horn on ESPN. He is also the ombudsman or stat boy on Pardon the Interruption. ... Pardon the Interruption (abbreviated PTI) is a sports television show that airs weekdays on various ESPN TV channels, TSN, XM and Sirius satellite radio services, and as a downloadable podcast. ... Todd Mason on the set of Pardon the Interruption // Todd Mason (born William Todd Mason) is a senior broadcast executive with over two decades of management and creative leadership experience which includes: simultaneous management of multiple broadcast operations throughout the country, multiple “turn around” success stories, mergers & acquisitions strategy, P... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Jay Mariotti (born 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American sportswriter. ...


The set

Around the Horn set

The Around the Horn set is in the same Atlantic Video complex as the set for Pardon the Interruption. It features the host's desk with the point triggers and mute buttons, opposite of four screens of the panelists with their score under them and the mute sign above them. Behind the host's desk is a map of the contiguous United States of America with the mastheads of the newspapers affiliated with the show outlined in their region which include: the Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post, the Chicago Sun Times, and The Dallas Morning News. The Boston Globe was once affiliated with the show, but when its affiliation was pulled, so was its masthead on the map. It was replaced with a simple "Boston". The Cold Pizza logo was also added near New York's place on the map when Woody Paige was based in New York, and it was subsequently removed when Paige returned to Denver. Image File history File links Athset. ... Image File history File links Athset. ... Pardon the Interruption (abbreviated PTI) is a sports television show that airs weekdays on various ESPN TV channels, TSN, XM and Sirius satellite radio services, and as a downloadable podcast. ... This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ... The Denver Post is a daily newspaper and online website published in Denver, Colorado. ... Chicago Sun-Times The Chicago Sun-Times is an American newspaper publishing out of Chicago, Illinois. ... The Dallas Morning News is the major daily newspaper serving the Dallas, Texas area. ... The Boston Globe (and Boston Sunday Globe) is the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and New England. ... Cold Pizza is a television morning sports talk show that airs weekday mornings on ESPN2 and is also the networks flagship program. ...


Meanwhile, each panelist usually appears either within the offices of their respecitive newspaper, in front of a screen showing the city they're located in, or in another studio.


Rounds

The current Around The Horn format consists of the following:

  • Introduction: The show usually opens with Reali saying "Welcome back to banter," "Welcome back to the show of competitive banter," or "Welcome back to the show that scores the argument." The panelists are introduced and given time for an opening statement. Most of the panelists use this time for jokes or criticism of the host or other panelists, which can lead to points or mutes. Occasionally (usually on Fridays), there are "themed" introductions, including karaoke, "big words", and movie lines. Reali often awards extra points for quotes from Goodfellas or Anchorman, and often subtracts points when any panelist makes a joke about his Italian heritage or his close relationship with his mother, or when Mariotti brings up "Michael Jeffrey Jordan" or bashes Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman. (Tim Cowlishaw often makes gratuitous Goodfellas references in a blatant attempt to get extra points, but Reali rarely obliges him.) Sometimes Reali will mention the so called slogan of the show: "Ten topics, one winner."
  • The First Word: Two current sports headlines are discussed. The panelists go into great detail and can also jump back in for rebuttals.
  • Buy or Sell: A rapid fire segment in which the panelists are asked to buy or sell (be for or against) three different concepts, also drawn from the relevant sports headlines. In the first few months of this format, four topics were discsussed, with each having a shorter time limit to fit between the first and second commercial breaks.
  • 1st Cut: The contestant with the lowest point total is eliminated. In the case of ties, Reali often breaks them by miscellaneous things, like whose hair is better combed. If the awarding of a point causes a tie for the two lowest panelists, Reali sometimes gives the same panelist a second point to break it.
  • Out of Bounds: This round is dedicated to talking about one story which is indirectly sports-related. Serious topics are usually discussed in this round, and few to no points are awarded.
  • 2nd Cut: The next contestant with the lowest point total is removed, leaving just two.
  • Showdown: Mentioned above, the two remaining columnists take sides on any sports or cultural stories remaining. There are two or three questions, depending on the amount of time left. Usually, the western most panelist goes first for the first topic, with the other speaking for the second half. The panelists then alternate going first for the remaining topics. Each topic is timed between 20 and 40 seconds each depending on time remaining. Reali usually gives a panelist one point per topic, although he occasionally gives more than one point or deducts points depending on the strength or weakness of the argument.
  • Facetime: The winner of the showdown and therefore winner of that particular episode gets around 30 seconds to talk about anything he/she wishes to discuss. Most of the time these are sports related, but often their own personal life or an issue in pop culture is discussed. Lounge music is played in the background as the winner talks.
  • Goodbye: Reali says how long it will be until the next episode, for example, "we're on a 23-and-a-half hour break." On Fridays, he will sign off by saying a 71 and a half hour break. It there is an extended period until the show comes back on, Reali may simply say, "You do the math!"
  • Paper Toss: Signature sign-off of the show, with Reali crumpling his notes and seemingly attempting to throw them at the camera (though he rarely comes close). As he does this, the panelists will often continue to chatter in the background as the show ends.

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Previous format

Before the show was retooled in early 2003, the format was similar, wherein the first two rounds were pretty much the same but with different titles. There was a bigger difference after that. The show ran like so: Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • The Opening Round: the two biggest headlines of the day.
  • The Lightning Round: a quick-moving round with four topics where players had to make their points quickly or risk getting muted by Max Kellerman, the former host.
  • The Bonus Round: one final topic, with the panelists trying to earn some last-second points, followed by a sports trivia question for each panelist, worth five points
  • The Medal Round: the panelists earned facetime equal to their scores converted to seconds, in reverse order of their placing. The winner received a gold medal, second place received silver, third place got bronze, and the fourth place finisher was given a foil ball. More often than not, due to time restrictions, the panelists were given less time than they earned, or at least one panelist would not be given any time at all. During this round, panelists could appeal to the Disembodied Voice for more points.

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Points

The show is unique as it "scores the argument" - points are awarded or taken from panelists at the discretion of the host depending on the strength or weakness of their arguments. The rewarding - and deduction - of points has changed throughout the series. Originally, being muted cost a panelist five points. Later, while Kellerman was still hosting the show, the scoring was at its most strict: "good" answers were awarded two points, "great" answers were given three, and a mute subtracted three points from a panelist's score. Shortly before Kellerman left the show, the mute was reduced to its current -1. Around the time Reali took over the show, the host was allowed to give points at his own discretion, Reali may give a single point for a weak argument, or many points for a particularly strong case backed by statistical information. The host may also give multiple points for "inside information" that he deems correct. Points may also be taken away for self-promotion, such as bragging about a good column or a successful upset pick (According to Reali, "Self-promotion is the mating call of the mute button!") In addition, complaints about how many points that they or another panelist received, usually results in a deduction and/or mute. Reali also occasionally deducts or mutes panelists for gestures mocking another panelist.


Jay Mariotti currently holds the points record before the showdown with 56 on August 31, 2007. The record previously was 52 by Bill Plaschke in 2004. Jay Mariotti (born 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American sportswriter. ... William Bill P. Plaschke (born September 6, 1958 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American journalist who has written for the Los Angeles Times since 1987. ...


Reali also makes bets occasionally with the panelists on sporting events, with the panelist gaining or losing a large amount of points based on the outcome.


There have been some topics, most during the Out of Bounds segment, which have not been scored due to their sensitive nature. Such examples include Bob Ryan's suspension for his comments towards Jason Kidd's wife, the Duke Lacrosse Case, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen making a homosexual slur towards Jay Mariotti, Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident, Michael Vick's alleged dog killings, and discussions of deaths. For the Washington, DC meteorologist, see Bob Ryan (meteorologist). ... Jason Deacon Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American All-Star professional basketball player in the NBA. After earlier stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, he is currently the New Jersey Nets starting point guard and captain. ... The 2006 Duke University lacrosse case was a scandal that started in March 2006 when Crystal Gail Mangum,[1][2][3] a stripper and escort, and an African-American student at North Carolina Central University, falsely accused three white members of Duke Universitys mens lacrosse team[4] of... Ben Roethlisberger (born March 2, 1982, in Lima, Ohio[1]), is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. He led his team to a 21-10 victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in just his second year in the league and is the... Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues Atlanta Falcons franchise. ...


Hosts

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Guest hosts

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Panelists

Joshua Ade J.A. Adande (born October 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, CA) is a former sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a panelist for ESPNs Around the Horn and a guest host on ESPNs Pardon the Interruption. ... ESPN.com is the official website of ESPN and a division of ESPN Inc. ... This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ... Jim Armstrong is a sportswriter for the Denver Post. ... The Denver Post is a daily newspaper and online website published in Denver, Colorado. ... Kevin Blackistone is a former reporter and columnist for The Dallas Morning News from 1986 to 2006, and is a regular panelist for ESPNs Around the Horn. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... The Dallas Morning News is the major daily newspaper serving the Dallas, Texas area. ... Tim Cowlishaw is a admitted gay national sportswriter for The Dallas Morning News. ... Jackie MacMullan is an American newspaper sportswriter, columnist and editor. ... The Boston Globe (and Boston Sunday Globe) is the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and New England. ... Jay Mariotti (born 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American sportswriter. ... The Chicago Sun-Times is an American daily newspaper published in Chicago. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... William Bill P. Plaschke (born September 6, 1958 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American journalist who has written for the Los Angeles Times since 1987. ... For the Washington, DC meteorologist, see Bob Ryan (meteorologist). ... Michael Smith (born in New Orleans, Louisiana, US) is an NFL reporter for ESPN. He is a regular guest on the channels Around the Horn. ... ESPN.com is the official website of ESPN and a division of ESPN Inc. ...

Former panelists

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Guest panelists

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Running gags

During the show's long run, it has developed certain comedic long-running gags, much like its sister show Pardon the Interruption, that longtime viewers will recognize and casual viewers may be unable to easily comprehend. The gags revolve around the personalities of Reali and the columnists, along with their interactions. The most recognizable gag is the chalkboard in the top-left hand corner of Woody Paige's square on which he writes witty phrases that are different for each segment of the show.[2] Paige started using it while in New York, then brought it back to Denver a few shows after his return. The running gag is a popular hallmark of comic and serious forms of entertainment. ... Pardon the Interruption (abbreviated PTI) is a sports television show that airs weekdays on various ESPN TV channels, TSN, XM and Sirius satellite radio services, and as a downloadable podcast. ...


References

  1. ^ ESPN: Around the Horn podcast listing
  2. ^ [1]A transcript of a live chat with Woody Paige

External links

  • Offical Around the Horn Website
  • Around the Horn Discussion Group: Woody Paige, Tony Reali, Bob Ryan, Tim Cowlishaw, and J.A. Adande, amongst others, read and reply daily to fan emails and questions. There are also full, in-depth recaps of every show, posted nightly after the show airs.
  • Around the Horn Episode Guide at TV.com

 
 

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