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Fan Central Mailbag: Getting ready for NBA season; ‘Pimp My Ride’ takeoff on Countdown


Before we get to your questions, just a reminder that one week from today, the NBA makes its 2013-14 regular season debut on ESPN with a Friday night doubleheader. First, the new-look Brooklyn Nets host the two-time defending World Champion Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET). The team the Heat beat in last year’s finals, the San Antonio Spurs, visit the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of the doubleheader (10:30 p.m.).

If you haven’t done so yet, get ready for the season by following @ESPNNBA, liking NBAonESPN, and checking out’s 2013-14 team-by-team previews.

Now, on to your questions…

When will Kenny Mayne’s story about the Elfego Baca Shootout be on? – Michael

Kenny’s latest installment in his Wider World of Sports series, which brought him to New Mexico to participate in the Elfego Baca Golf Tournament, aired this past week during SportsCenter. No worries Michael, you can watch it below. Speaking of SportsCenter, Kenny anchored the show for the first time since 2008 last week.

ESPN was at the Mazda dealership I work at for a story about Alfred Morris and his car. When is this story going to be on? – Travis

For those who missed it, NFL Countdown first featured Redskins running back Alfred Morris and his 1991 Mazda 626 last season. Now Morris’ car has been refurbished by Mazda and will be featured in an ESPN takeoff of Pimp My Ride this Sunday morning on Countdown, which starts at 10 a.m. on ESPN.

When will the documentary about the 1963 Texas football team be on again? – Caryn

Caryn is referring to the Longhorn Network’s documentary about the 1963 University of Texas football team, which earned the program’s first football national championship 50 years ago. The documentary is scheduled to be on Longhorn Network this Monday at 6 p.m. The full replay schedule is as follows (all times ET):

· 10/28, 6:00 p.m.
· 11/7, 5:15 p.m.
· 11/8, 3:30 p.m.
· 11/11, 6:00 p.m.
· 11/22, 3:30 a.m.
· 11/22, 4:30 p.m.
· 11/22, 9:30 p.m.
· 11/26, 7:30 p.m.

I’m looking for the name of a show on which Eddie George helps with the rebuilding of a high school football team’s field and weight room. – Tom

The show, which was hosted by Chris Spielman, was called Rise Up. The episode Tom is asking about, which aired in September 2011, featured the former Heisman Trophy winner joining Spielman, a fellow Ohio State alum, to give Wellston High School (Ohio) an athletic facility makeover.

Speaking of Ohio State, don’t forget the Buckeyes host Penn State this Saturday night at 8 p.m. on ABC (see full college football schedule).

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