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SportsNation Sportsnation.jpg
Format Sports Talk
Starring Colin Cowherd
Michelle Beadle
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 107
Location(s) Bristol, Connecticut
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel ESPN2 (2009-)
Original run July 6, 2009 – Present

SportsNation is a sports-related television program which airs on ESPN2 and ESPNews. It is hosted by Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle.[1] It is based on SportsNation, the fan forum and poll section of The show is typically 60% material generated or suggested by fans,[2] including videos from the internet, athlete Tweets, and online polling.[3]


Notable segments


The A Block

At the start of each show questions posed to the viewers on the SportsNation website are shown. The hosts discuss the each topic briefly, and then reveal what the Nation’s response was.

Did You Hear That?

A countdown of the best sound bites of the day referred to as the top 5 things the viewers "have to hear."

Three Cheers/Jeers/Tears

Interspersed throughout each show are the following segments showcasing good and bad plays of the day:

  • Three Cheers – The three happiest or most exciting sports moments, such as a difficult touchdown, a slam dunk or another exceptional play.
  • Three Jeers – Three worst moments of the day, such as a team losing a game in a blow out, dropping a wide open pass in football, shooting an air ball, or simply performing poorly.
  • Three Tears – The three saddest or most embarrassing moments, such as a basketball player being fouled in an especially physical manner, or a player missing a crucial scoring opportunity.

B.S. Meter

A clip of a sports figure making a statement that could be seen as B.S. (Refereed to as "Bologna Statements") is shown, with Colin deciding how “B.S.” the statement is by placing the meter on either Not BS, A Little BS, BS, or Total BS, followed by the Nation’s consensus. A feature was added where if both Colin and the Nation agreed that the statement was B.S., the figure would be put on the Liar Board.

Fake Calls From Real Fans

Viewers call in to ask a question of the hosts, while pretending to be a famous sports figure.

Date, Marry, Dump

Presented with the helmets of four NFL teams with a common bond, like having the same win-lose record, or being in the same division, Colin must choose one to: “date”, one to “marry”, and one to “dump”. On one occasion, Colin dumped three teams, with the fourth, Colin's "marry" choice, being dumped by Michelle.

Game Time

Every episode one of several games is played, all revolving around predicting how the Nation responded to poll questions. The winner (if there is one) gets to pick a video of his or her choice to be replayed.

  • Number Crunch – A question asking what percentage of the Nation answered a question a certain way is shown, along with a three digit number representing two possibly percentages; for example, “451” would represent both 45% and 51%. The hosts each pick the percentage they believe to be correct.
  • Walk the Plank – One of the hosts is asked four or five questions by the other host that is dressed in pirate garb, as they must predict what percent of the Nation answered a certain way. For every point they are off, an animated version of the host must take a step towards the end of a pirate ship's plank, with more than 40 steps forcing them to jump off.
  • Multi Poll Choice – Michelle is given four questions, each with four possible percentages as correct answers, and must predict how the Nation responded. For this segment, Colin wears a red coat similar to that of Ron Burgundy, while also mimicking his mannerisms.
  • Pop Culture Game – The hosts are asked a question with two possible answers, one a sports figure and one a pop culture icon known outside the sports world. The hosts each attempts to match the more popular answer of the Nation.
  • Who Wants to Win a Pizza? - A parody of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? even though each time Michelle Beadle reports that any similarities with any show is coincidental. Colin is asked a question with four possible answers and pick the option he believes the Nation chose. His objective is to correctly answer all four questions, winning pizza for the show's whole crew.

Lock Em' Up

During the NFL season, Colin reveals his three NFL “locks” for the week. First is the Little Lock, going to the team he is fairly certain will win their game. Second is the Solid Lock, going to the team he is more certain will win. The final lock, the Master Lock, goes to the team Colin is the most sure will win. A variation of this segment is Colin's Lock of Love, staged like a reality dating show.

Behind the Scenes in Bristol

A short clip showcasing the hosts' interactions with other ESPN employees while working on the show.

Pulse of the Nation

A list of the top 5 buzzworthy stories of the day.

Weird Web Stories

Each day three videos from the internet are shown, they are unusual and often not sports related. Often, one of the videos will be paused in the middle to pose a multiple-choice question to the hosts about what they think will happen next. Although rare some videos are fake.

Power Rankings

The show will list who they believe are the top five in one of several categories. After revealing the list, they then show Tweets by fans listing who they believe the show wrongfully excluded. Common categories include:

  • NFL’s Most Valuable Player
  • Best teams in the NFL,the NBA, or the MLB
  • NCAA Players most likely to receive the Heisman Trophy
  • Best NCAA football teams
  • Best NBA players
  • Best NCAA Mens Basketball Teams

What We Learned

A recap of the results from the polls at the beginning of the show and the Weird Web Stories.

End of the Day

Final segment of each episode which quickly names topics revolving around events of the day, described as the “best ninety seconds in all of SportsNation”

  • Site of the Day - A shout out to a sports related website
  • Fact of the Day - A notable statistic from a sporting event
  • Play of the Day – The best single play from that day
  • Promo of the Day – A promo for a sporting event being broadcast on one of the ESPN networks.
  • eBay of the Day – showcases a sports related item being sold on eBay
  • Day of the Day – a strange or off-beat holiday celebrated on that day

The segment has yet to appear in 2010, although each episode still has a site of the day

Special Episodes

  • October 5, 2009: To celebrate Brett Favre's first NFL game against his former team, the Green Bay Packers, the hosts declared it "Brett Favre Day" and attempted to break the world record for most mentions of Brett Favre in an hour. They ended the show with 203 mentions, and the record.
  • October 30, 2009: The last episode before Halloween. This set was dressed up as Christmas for Halloween.
  • November 30, 2009: Both hosts dressed up as fans of the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, and held a poll throughout the show to determine who would be put into a dunk tank outside at the end of the show. Colin lost and was dunked as a result.
  • January 2010: While repeat broadcasts of the 2010 Australian Open were airing on ESPN2, the show was moved to ESPNU, ESPN's college sports channel. To celebrate, the hosts renamed the show "SportsNation University" and decorated the set to resemble a dorm room. The set even included a pizza that was opened early in the first week and left open in the studio to rot for 10 days.

Video tournaments

During certain episodes, the hosts hold a tournament between 16 sports-related videos. Each match is voted on by the show's viewers. Since the beginning of the show, three such tournaments have been held:

  • On December 23, 2009, the All-Valley Video Tournament was contested between the SportsNation crew's 16 favorite web videos of the year. Pool Domination won the event.
  • On February 11, 2010, the Posterized competition pitted 16 "posterization" slam dunks against each other to determine the "second-greatest" posterization in basketball history (the greatest being one performed by Vince Carter during the 2000 Summer Olympics). Scottie Pippen won with a dunk on Patrick Ewing on May 20, 1994
  • On March 15, 2010, the 16 best "buzzer-beaters" in NCAA men's basketball tournament history competed against each other; the winner was by NC State's Lorenzo Charles, whose shot defeated the University of Houston in the 1983 championship.

See also



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