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ESPN invites sports bloggers into its lair

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Sometimes walking around ESPN's campus really is like those "SportsCenter" ads in that you never know who you'll run into.

Thursday during the network's "media workshop" I was standing in a hallway doing a phone interview with John McEnroe when Chris Berman walked by and said hello.

Two hours later, I ran into Patrick McEnroe.

On my way out, I happened upon a ceremony honoring the 43 employees there since the first of ESPN's 30 years on TV, including Berman and Bob Ley.

As I stopped to watch, I saw Howie (Stump The) Schwab sunning himself while wearing a bright blue LaDainian Tomlinson jersey. He said hello.

I was able to attend only part of this year's workshop, but the biggest difference between this one and the last, two years ago, was glaring.

In 2007, ESPN and major sports blogs still kept a wary, often distrustful distance.

This year, ESPN wisely invited many influential blogs to chronicle (and Twitter) it all - in much greater detail than I plan to on my last day before late summer hiatus.

I did 30 posts in one day about the 2007 workshop - two weeks (!) after the event, when my vacation was over.

These cyberspace guys and gals work a tad faster than that.

Stuff here about the workshop from Deadpin, The Big LeadAOL Fanhouse, Fang's Bites and Sports Media Journal.

I was most impressed by the diligence of mainstream media maven Mike McCarthy of USA Today, who has been Twittering like mad from Bristol.

Here is a mashup - is that the right word? - of various tweets from the workshop.



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