Behind The Scenes

Day In The Life: Nation turns 2

Today, ESPN’s SportsNation celebrated its second year on the air with a live telecast on the Bristol campus’ green.

Our friends at SportsNation invited Front Row’s photographers inside — and outside — to track the show throughout the day in pictures.

The result: These images from the morning’s construction of outdoor sets, rehearsals, the Goodyear blimp, and the show from start to finish.

Our thanks to the folks at SportsNation, Goodyear and the fine team in ESPN’s Communications unit.

Thursday, we’ll have more footage from this outing on Front Row, our Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

That’s it for the official party. Check out the “after party” on SN’s Facebook page.

Actually, not a bad idea on a humid New England day.
The East German judge scores it a 5.8.
Colin faces the moment of truth: How well does he know Michelle?
NFL Live analyst Herm Edwards (right) joined Michelle and Colin to review two years of fun.
SN Producer Gabe Goodwin doubles at crowd control.
Let's listen to the voices of reason. Clearly, the answer is . . .
Yeah, what she said.
5:20 p.m. ET Our cameramen were at the ready at SportsNation's birthday party.
5:05 p.m. ET: Who wants cake? I'd like five pieces and a pint of skim milk.
5:00 p.m. ET: The Goodyear Blimp, a huge crowd and Boobie Smooth make for some great party starters.
4:45 p.m. ET: SportsNation's carefully selected jury practices showing their cards.
Our hosts, appearing very relaxed moments before air.
4:45 p.m. ET: Workers prepare the dreaded SportsNation "plank."
4:30 p.m. ET: Time for a refreshing dip on the SportsNation remote set.
4:01 p.m. ET: ESPN Campus: Zach Schiffman gets ready for a dip in the tank to secure the SportsNation logo
3:50 p.m. ET: ESPN Campus: The Spirit of Goodyear makes its appearance over the Bristol Campus
3:30 p.m. ET: The producers and co-host Colin Cowherd huddle up.
3:15p p.m. ET: ESPN Campus: Michelle Beadle holds Colin Cowherd's likeness as we countdown to live
3:13 p.m. ET: Steve Begin tests the jib camera before rehearsal
3:07 p.m. ET: SportsNation producer Gabe Goodwin (standing) and DJ Boobie Smooth review show

1:40 ET: Hope he packed a lunch. Good luck finding a drive-thru window in this ride.

1:23 ET: Back at Brainerd Airport, Pilot Michael Dougherty continues pre-flight checks on the Spirit of Goodyear.

1:20 p.m. ET: The SportsNation remote set comes together before rehearsal.

1:10 p.m. ET: The JumboTron gets ready for liftoff.

1:03 p.m. ET: The sharks are carefully added to the tank by trained professionals.

1:00 p.m. ET: Just in case Jack Sparrow makes a special appearance.

12:51 ET: Sports Nation’s producers survey the work so far, four hours before the show goes on.

12:45 p.m. ET: SN producers (from left) Jamie Horowitz, Whitney Albohm and Peter Coughter check out the shark tank.

12:40 p.m. ET: The Studio Operations crew help put the finishing touches on the remote set.

11:50 a.m. ET: Auburn football coach Gene Chizik (left) appears on ESPN’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

11:45 a.m. ET: SN’s Colin Cowherd at his mid-day job on The Herd. Special guest: Auburn football coach Gene Chizik (left).

11:21 a.m. ET: Pilot Michael Dougherty makes sure the Goodyear blimp undergoes a thorough inspection.

11:15 a.m. ET: Assistant Chief Pilot Michael Dougherty checks the instruments in the Spirit of Goodyear airship.

11:05 a.m. ET: The Goodyear blimp, seen here at Hartford's Brainerd Airport, will provide overhead pictures.

11:00 a.m. ET NFL analyst Herm Edwards gets ready for his SportsNation appearance.

10:50 a.m. ET: The SportsNation crew holds its production meeting for the 2-year anniversary show.

10:45 a.m. ET: Every birthday party needs party hats.

10:35 a.m. ET: The Dunk Tank is ready for action.

10:00 a.m. ET: ESPN Campus: Director Peter Lion paints the plank of the "shark" tank
9:45 a.m. ET: ESPN Campus: SportsNation producer Jamie Horowitz instructs Colin Cowherd on the proper plank-walking techniques
9:26 a.m. ET: The SportsNation production team runs through a few quick rehersals for the afternoon show before Colin goes back to radio.
9:02 a.m. ET: Stephen Potvin helps to install the SportsNation desk on the set for today's 2-year anniversary show.
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