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Fan Central Mailbag: Prepare for Feast Week; PLUS answers to your NFL, college sports questions


Before we get to your questions, we wanted to remind everyone about the great weekend of college sports coming up across ESPN networks. In college football, nine of the top 10 teams in the BCS Standings will be on an ESPN network or platform. The men’s college basketball slate is packed with tournament title games tonight through Sunday. It’s a perfect way to get ready for ESPN’s Feast Week Presented By Lowe’s, which starts Monday with the tip-off of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Highlights from 30 years of the Maui Invitational are featured in the video above.

Now onto your questions . . .

How do you select which anchors appear in the “This is SportsCenter” commercials? – Rachel
Thanks Rachel. This is quite a popular question and we actually answered it in our debut Mailbag. But we’re happy to provide the insight again: coordinating producers see which anchors are available at the times commercials are scheduled to be filmed. From there, anchors are chosen for spots that will best showcase their individual personalities.

Speaking of SportsCenter, the new SportsCenter app, an update to the ScoreCenter app, launched yesterday. Download it today.

I don’t understand why Matt McGloin’s performance hasn’t been talked about or covered more. – Adam
For those not aware, McGloin is an undrafted rookie free agent quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. Last Sunday, in his first NFL start, he threw three touchdown passes in a 28-23 victory over the host Houston Texans.

Adam, as far as coverage of McGloin goes, you should bookmark the Raiders section on the NFL Nation Blog, which provides dedicated coverage of all 32 NFL teams each and every day. For Raiders fans like Adam, reporter Paul Gutierrez wrote earlier this week about Raiders head coach Dennis Allen’s decision to start McGloin again this Sunday.

Here’s an update on The Paul Finebaum Show . . .
Over the past couple of months, we’ve heard from lots of SEC fans who wanted to know if and when The Paul Finebaum Show would be available on Sirius XM. We’re happy to let you know that beginning Monday, the show will be on Sirius XM as part of the ESPN Xtra channel, No. 85. The show airs weekdays from 2-6 p.m. ET.

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