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Fan Central Mailbag: Getting you ready for FIFA World Cup Draw, FCS Playoffs & Women’s College Cup


Lots of great questions this week (including one about pineapple stuffing), so let’s get right into them:

Besides broadcasting the actual FIFA World Cup Draw today, what else will be shown? Will there be analysis before, during and after? – Jeremy
The FIFA World Cup Draw will be on ESPN2/WatchESPN from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET today. Host Bob Ley will be joined by analysts Michael Ballack, Alexi Lalas, Steve McManaman and Santiago Solari in Bristol. Taylor Twellman will join from Kansas City, site of tomorrow’s 2013 MLS Cup game between Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake (4 p.m., ESPN/WatchESPN).

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard will take over the @espn Twitter account during today’s Draw and provide instant reaction. Use #TimmyTakeover to follow Howard’s comments. <Also, em>ESPN FC will air a special one-hour show with post draw analysis at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2/WatchESPN, while SportsCenter will have live look-ins from the ceremony with reporters on-site throughout the day. Here’s the full coverage plans.

My friend told me about a story done by Tom Rinaldi about the ending of the Alabama-Auburn game. I’ve searched but I’m not sure what the name of the story/video is. – David
Tom Rinaldi’s piece about the historic ending to this past Saturday’s Iron Bowl, which saw Auburn’s Chris Davis return a missed field goal 100 yards to win the game, is called “The Value of One Second,” and you can watch it here:

Don’t forget, the BCS title game matchup will be announced on Sunday night as part of the BCS Selection Show (8:30 p.m., ESPN).

Will the FCS Playoffs be available on ESPN GamePlan this weekend? – Mike
Mike, every FCS (formerly Division I-AA) second round playoff game will be on ESPN3 and GamePlan this weekend. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU will show quarterfinal and semifinal games beginning a week from today (check back with us after this weekend’s games for official schedule). The 2013 NCAA FCS Championship game will be on ESPN2 on Saturday, January 4, at 2 p.m.

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Ryan Ruocco’s stuffing recipe. Click to enlarge.

I was at work Thanksgiving morning listening to Ryan Ruocco doing the Mike & Mike show. He mentioned a recipe for Mama Ruocco’s pineapple stuffing. Any chance I can get the recipe? – John
No problem John. Ryan was more than happy to share the recipe.

Who will be the ESPN announcers for the Women’s College Cup this weekend? – Julius
Glenn Davis and Julie Foudy will be providing commentary for the women’s NCAA soccer championships, which starts today on ESPNU at 5 p.m. with the semifinals game between No. 1 Florida State against No. 1 Virginia Tech, followed by No. 1 Virginia against No. 2 UCLA at 7:30 p.m. The National Championship game will be played on Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPNU. Check out ESPNW’s preview to get ready for the Cup.

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