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Fan Central Mailbag: Upcoming schedule changes; SVP & Russillo helmet selections; X Games info


Welcome to another edition of the Fan Central Mailbag. Remember, if you have an ESPN-related question, follow us @ESPN_FanCentral and use #FanCentralMB to tweet your questions. You can also e-mail them to [email protected].

As you know, Fan Central is here to be your go-to source to ask questions about ESPN and get important news, updates and information about anything and everything ESPN. With that, before we get into the latest batch of fan questions, we want to update you about upcoming schedule and programming changes on ESPN and ESPN2, some of which go into effect this coming Monday, Jan. 28 (all times listed as ET).

SportsNation (@SportsNation) will be seen at 4 p.m. on ESPN2 beginning this Monday, Jan. 28.
Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable (@DLHQ) will start at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 beginning next week until Feb. 6. Dan and Papi move to 3:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 7.
•A live, afternoon edition of First Take (@ESPN_FirstTake) will debut on ESPN on Feb. 7 at 3:30 PM. Note: The live, morning edition of First Take at 10 AM on ESPN2 continues as well.
Baseball Tonight (@ESPN_BBTN) will be on at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN2 beginning Feb. 11.

Don’t forget, you can always stay updated on the schedule for all the ESPN networks by visiting our online schedule. Now, on to your questions.

Does Fan Central have a Facebook page? — Joe
OK, in the interest of full disclosure, I sent this question in myself so I can plug our brand new Facebook page. (EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll allow it!!) Be sure to like it today at

Now, YOUR questions for real.

Why do Scott Van Pelt & Ryen Russillo have a Wisconsin football helmet sitting on their desk in front of their mics? I love it! Go Bucky! On, Wisconsin! — Neil

Neil sent this question on Jan. 16. As you see below, SVP did have a Wisconsin helmet on the desk that day. Why? According to SVP & Russillo (@SVPandRussillo) producer, Ray Necci, the man who chooses the helmet lineup each day, he wanted a white helmet on the desk and Madison (home of the University of Wisconsin) has always treated the show very well.

Wisconsin football helmet on SVP & Russillo.
Wisconsin football helment on SVP & Russillo.

In total, there are currently 27 helmets used on SVP & Russillo. Some schools send helmets. Colgate was the first school to send one, while Cincinnati hand delivered one when then-head coach Butch Jones appeared on the show. And how about this: Ray’s alma mater, La Salle, made a helmet for the show even though the school’s football program was shut down almost 15 years ago!

As for the guys, they have some preferences. SVP always wants at least one Maryland helmet and Ryen is partial to Oregon and a special Wyoming helmet that was worn to recognize 9/11.

Don’t forget, you can listen to all your favorite ESPN radio programs, including SVP & Russillo, on the ESPN Radio website and via the ESPN Radio App.


I read that Minneapolis, MN is in contention of possibly being able to host the X Games starting in 2014. Is there a place to vote or help with this step because that would be an amazing place to have it!! Thank you. — David

David, you are correct. Minneapolis, Minn., is one of the cities being considered to host the Summer X Games in 2014 (see full list), but there is no fan voting as part of the decision process. While 2014 will be here before we know it, I’m sure most fans are enjoying X Games Aspen, which just started yesterday and runs through Sunday. The action gets going again today at 3 p.m. on ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN 3D with the Men’s Ski Slopestyle Elimination and Snowboard Street Final events. If you haven’t done so yet, check out the X Games Aspen schedule, follow @XGames and check out amazing photos in the X Games Aspen photo stream in the right hand column of this page.

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