Around the Horn

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Around The Horn is a daily, half-hour sports talk program on ESPN. It airs at 5:00 ET, immediately preceding ESPN's most successful sports talk program, Pardon the Interruption. The show recently aired its 500th episode on March 29, 2005.

Around The Horn follows a standard format. The host (currently Tony Reali) moderates discussions of various sports topics among four different sports columnists and awards points for good arguments. He can also mute columnists, which also subtracts a point from their score. At the end of the second and third rounds of discussion, a columnist is eliminated, until only two are left for the final "Showdown" round. The winner of the showdown is given 30 uninterrupted seconds to opine on any topic.

Around The Horn premiered on November 4, 2002. Its official title is Around the Horn Presented by Nissan.

Contents

Rounds

  • The First Word The relevant sports headlines of the day are discussed.
  • Buy or Sell Where the columnists are asked to buy or sell a certain concept, also drawn from the relevant sports headlines.
  • Out of Bounds Where the remaining columnists discuss American popular culture (favorite movies, best pop divas, etc.), often including quasi-sports stories.
  • Showdown Mentioned above, the two remaining columnists take sides on any sports stories left.

Hosts

Regular panelists

Former panelists

Guest panelists

Miscellaneous

  • As ESPN's schedule is made erratic to accommodate the irregular times of the various sports events that it covers, it is quite common for regular shows to be "bumped" by events. To let the audience know of these postponements. most ESPN talk show hosts end the program by telling the audience when their next show will air. Tony Reali idiosyncratically ends the show by saying how much time will elapse before the next show, for example: "We're on a twenty-three and a half hour break."

All Time Wins

  1. Jay Mariotti - 113 wins
  2. Woody Paige - 107 wins
  3. Bill Plaschke - 64 wins
  4. Tim Cowlishaw - 57 wins
  5. Bob Ryan - 46 wins
  6. J.A. Adande - 39 wins
  7. Michael Smith - 39 wins
  8. Michael Holley - 32 wins
  9. Kevin Blackistone - 18 wins
  10. T.J. Simers - 10 wins
  11. Jackie MacMullan - 6 wins
  12. Josh Elliott - 5 wins
  13. Charlie Pierce - 5 wins
  14. Jim Armstrong - 3 wins
  15. Tony Reali - 2 wins
  16. Adam Schefter - 2 wins
  17. Mark Cuban - 1 win
  18. Gene Wojciechowski - 1 win
  19. Ron Borges - 0 wins
  20. Mark Kiszla - 0 wins
  21. John Powers - 0 wins
  22. Dan Shanoff - 0 wins

All Time Appearances

Total number of shows: 550

  1. Jay Mariotti - 532
  2. Woody Paige - 463
  3. Bill Plaschke - 226
  4. Tim Cowlishaw - 197
  5. J.A. Adande - 152
  6. Michael Smith - 143
  7. Michael Holley - 115
  8. Bob Ryan - 109
  9. Kevin Blackistone - 95
  10. T.J. Simers - 65
  11. Josh Elliott - 20
  12. Jackie MacMullan - 18
  13. Jim Armstrong - 15
  14. Charlie Pierce - 13
  15. Tony Reali - 6
  16. Gene Wojciechowski - 6
  17. Adam Schefter - 5
  18. Dan Shanoff - 5
  19. Ron Borges - 4
  20. Mark Kiszla - 2
  21. Mark Cuban - 1
  22. John Powers - 1

All Time Win Percentages (minimum 10 appearances)

  1. Bob Ryan - 42.2%
  2. Charlie Pierce - 38.5%
  3. Jackie MacMullan - 33.3%
  4. Tim Cowlishaw - 28.9%
  5. Bill Plaschke - 28.3%
  6. Michael Holley - 27.8%
  7. Michael Smith - 27.3%
  8. J.A. Adande - 25.7%
  9. Josh Elliott - 25.0%
  10. Woody Paige - 23.1%
  11. Jay Mariotti - 21.2%
  12. Jim Armstrong - 20.0%
  13. Kevin Blackistone - 18.9%
  14. T.J. Simers - 15.4%

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