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Fan Central Mailbag: Weekend viewing suggestions; First Take theme lyrics; redesigned espnW site

Stalley and Wale created the First Take theme song, "Every Word Great"
Stalley and Wale created the First Take theme song, “Every Word Great”

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We know you’re busy (we know there’s life outside of sports), so before we get to your latest batch of questions, Fan Central is happy to provide some weekend viewing/reading suggestions:

• The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Super Regionals started today at 1 p.m. ET and will continue until Monday. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU are televising every game of the eight, best-of-three Super Regionals. The games also will be available on WatchESPN. See the complete schedule.
• Game 2 of the NBA Finals is Sunday (8 p.m., ABC) with the San Antonio Spurs leading the Miami Heat, 1-0, in the best-of-seven series. KIA NBA Countdown gets you ready at 7:30.
• While you’re watching Game 2 of the NBA Finals, you also can watch Sunday Night Baseball (8 p.m., ESPN) on the WatchESPN app. This week’s game features the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the Cincinnati Reds in a National League Central matchup.
• OK, you’re watching Game 2 of the NBA Finals on TV, watching Sunday Night Baseball on your tablet. Now what? Turn on your laptop/computer and get caught up on ESPN’s Greatest Coaches in NFL History countdown. There’s still a debate in our office about Bill Belichick’s No. 7-ranking.

And now onto some fan questions:

I would like to know why ESPN allows First Take’s theme music to use an offensive term? — Paul
We’ve included this question to clear up any misconception Paul or others may have about the First Take theme, “Every Word Great.” To be clear: the song, created exclusively for the show by popular recording artist and BET Award-winner Wale and rising hip-hop star Stalley and produced by one of today’s hottest producers, Amadeus, does not include any offensive terms. Here are the complete lyrics.

When is the short film on Hall of Fame coach Vivian Stringer scheduled to air? — Stephanie
Kicking off the Nine for IX Film Series, the award-winning documentary short film “COACH” is scheduled to premiere exclusively on espnW.com on Tuesday, June 18. Speaking of espnW.com, be sure to check out the redesigned version of the site, which just launched yesterday with three primary content areas: News & Commentary, Athlete’s Life and W in Action. Don’t forget, after COACH, the Nine for IX series premiers July 2 on ESPN with Venus Vs.

I am a literacy coach for struggling readers. A student shared he was excited with his reading progress because now he could read the words scrolling on ESPN’s Bottom Line. We are so excited and feel this could be great motivation for other students, too. With that, I’m curious at what rate do scores and updates scroll on the Bottom Line? — Ronda

Glad to hear the Bottom Line is so helpful, Ronda. We checked with our colleagues in the Technology Department and this is what they provided:

The ESPN Bottom Line is set to 3.25 pixels/frame
* Rate is Pixels/Frame, so 1.0f = move 1 pixel to the left per frame

We hope this helps and we’re thrilled to be used an educational resource!

ESPN's bottom line
Above is an example of ESPN’s Bottom Line information format
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