Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Begin Meet and Greets at DCA September 14
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After being rumored for quite some time, the Disney Parks Blog confirmed that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit will begin meeting guests on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure on September 14. It is fitting that he will begin meeting guests during football season, as Disney traded Al Michael to Universal in exchange for the rights to Walt’s Oswald character.

Oswald began meeting guests at the Tokyo Disney Resort earlier this year.



Guardians of the Galaxy Original Sin Tie-In to Reveal Major Secrets
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This September, the truth behind Nova, Star-Lord and Thanos’ disappearance continues in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #19 – a tie-in to Original Sin! New York Times-bestselling creators Brian Michael Bendis and Ed McGuinness bring you the answers fans have been craving –what happened to Richard Rider?! Trapped in a nightmare universe, Star-Lord and Nova fought valiantly against the might of Thanos. Peter Quill and Thanos mysteriously returned without explanation – Nova did not. The true story of their hellish imprisonment has never been told – until today! Gamora demands answers, and she won’t stop until she finds out what happened in the Cancerverse! What pact did Star-Lord make with Thanos to escape such imprisonment? Where is Nova? Find out when the story that has the whole comic industry talking continues in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #19!

Fantasy Focus on ESPN Radio to Premiere September 7
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Fantasy Focus on ESPN Radio will premiere Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. ET.  The six-hour studio program will be broadcast every Sunday throughout the NFL regular season and will focus on fantasy, game updates and news of the day.

The new program will be hosted by SportsCenter anchor Randy Scott and ESPN Radio’s Dave Rothenberg, both fantasy afficianados. They will be joined by

  • ESPN.com senior writer Eric Karabell from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. each week
  • Several ESPN fantasy analysts will rotate during the second half of the show
  • ESPN NFL analysts Eric Allen, Tim Hasselbeck and Tom Waddle, who also hosts a weekday program on ESPN Chicago 1000, will provide insight into game action.

Fantasy Focus on ESPN Radio will feature:

  • Discussion around on-field action and its impact on fantasy
  • Live reports throughout the day from ESPN reporters, ESPN.com writers and local ESPN Radio correspondents
  • Updates from ESPN New York98.7FM and ESPN Chicago1000 analysts
  • Discussion, analysis, and insight from Allen, Waddle and Hasselbeck

Fantasy Focus on ESPN Radio will be heard on terrestrial ESPN Radio outlets, Sirius XM Channel ESPN 83, ESPNRadio.com, ESPN Radio app, iTunes Radio, TuneIn and Slacker.

ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, will simulcast the entire six-hour program.  ESPN3, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually to 92 million homes, is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Additional NFL Related Programming on ESPN Radio

  • Countdown to KickoffSundays at 11 a.m.  The two-hour show will lead into Fantasy Focus on ESPN Radio and will be hosted by Johnathan Coachman. On-site reports previewing the day’s games, an update from the site of Monday Night Football by play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico, contributions from ESPN NFL analysts and fantasy information will be included.
  • Mike Tirico’s Weekend Blitz, Fridays, beginning September 5, at 10 p.m. for one-hour.  ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen will join Tirico as they look ahead to the weekend and discuss the week’s news. The show will be rebroadcast Saturday at 1 am ET (10 p.m. PT).
  • The MNF Preview podcast will return this fall with Tirico and MNF analyst Jon Gruden looking ahead to that week’s game. Additional podcasts:

o    Fantasy Focus Football – Daily (August-February) – Host: Nate Ravitz

o    Fantasy Underground – 2 times per week (August-January) – Hosts: Field Yates & Christopher Harris

o    Football Today – Daily (August-February) – Hosts: Robert Flores & Matthew Williamson

ESPN Radio’s daily sports talk programs will welcome weekly guests to discuss the NFL.

Mike & Mike: Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden, Ray Lewis, Mark Schlereth

The Herd: Trent Dilfer, Steve Young, Damien Woody, Tim Hasselbeck, Tedy Bruschi, Jeff Saturday, Peter King & Greg Cosell

SVP & Russillo: Trent Dilfer, Mike Tirico, Chris Mortensen

Colin’s Football Show to Premiere Second Season with New Theme
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Colin Cowherd’s Colin’s Football Show, which showcases the host’s unique take on college and professional football, will kick off its second season Sunday, Sept. 7, at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN2.  The hour-long program will introduce new elements this year, including the debut of a fresh open, as well as the return of some of last season’s most entertaining segments.

Each episode will open with a new theme, penned and performed by comedian and recording artist Rodney Carrington. In addition, Colin’s Football Show will feature new segments including:

  • “Colin’s Cartoons” – minute-long animations that illustrate infamous – and sometimes gross — stories as related by former NFL players, including Jerome Bettis and Herm Edwards;
  • “Meat Sandwich” – a discussion segment in which Cowherd and a guest tackle the meatiest football topic of the week while eating a meat sandwich in Colin’s diner;
  • A comedic and face-paced digital piece with fantasy football advice from Matthew Berry.

The program will also include returning segments:

  • “Cage Confessionals” –a lighthearted interview between Cowherd and athletes, celebrities and guests, tackling a wide variety of topics and, appropriately, a never-before-made confession in the close quarters of the ESPN prop cage;
  • “Bet Sharp” – Colin weighs in on the latest Las Vegas betting lines with ESPN.com and  ESPN The Magazine editor-in-chief Chad Millman;
  • Football talk and analysis with former Chicago Bears wide receiver Tom Waddle of ESPN Radio and Chicago1000.

Colin’s Football Show airs Sundays at 9 a.m. on ESPN2 during the football season.  Cowherd will continue to host his daily ESPN Radio show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the daily You Herd Me –featuring the best segments from Cowherd’s ESPN Radio broadcast — at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Disney Celebrates MEAC/SWAC Challenge
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Though the North Carolina A&T Aggies triumphed over their rival Alabama A&M Bulldogs at this weekend’s MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney, the real winners were the 20,000 fans who came to Central Florida to cheer on their favorite team during this annual celebration of diversity, higher education and football.

Players, bands, fans and the Central Florida community commemorated the 10th year of this Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) weekend of events, which has a positive economic impact across the region. Huddled around a football matchup and between the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), the game aired on ESPN network and showcased the region to a national audience as it broadcast from Bright House Networks Stadium at the University of Central Florida.

“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney, it’s thrilling to be part of the heritage, community and educational legacy of HBCUs,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of corporate citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. “We appreciate the HBCU alumni and fans who traveled to Central Florida for this exciting college football kick-off and four days of fun, inspiring community events.”

In the tradition of HBCU classics, the MEAC/SWAC Challenge is more than just a gridiron spectacle. The Labor Day weekend of events featured a variety of activities highlighting the contributions of HBCUs and their alumni, beginning with ESPN 101, a sports career panel for students held Thursday at Oak Ridge High School. The following day, 100 students from Edgewater High School attended HBCU College Immersion Day, a college and career fair at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort designed to familiarize students with higher education opportunities.

The fun continued with a welcome reception for teams and coaches at Epcot’s World Showplace, followed by a fan day and band showcase at Magic Kingdom Park. On the evening before the game, the annual Legends reception honored outstanding HBCU alumni for their athletic and academic contributions.

With many HBCU alumni among its Cast Members, Disney has sponsored the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney for seven years as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to diversity, education and community. The four-day event also draws thousands of football fans, which has a positive economic impact across Central Florida. Since its inception, the challenge has showcased 13 different HBCU institution

Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World Prose Novel Released April 2015
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The adventures of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes can be found in the pages of Marvel Comics every week, but now the Avengers are out to conquer the world of prose! Marvel is proud to announce AVENGERS: EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD, the newest in the growing line of Marvel prose novels! Following the release of 2014’s Rocket Raccoon and Groot: Steal the Galaxy, New York Times-bestselling writer Dan Abnett returns for Marvel’s second original novel! Scheduled for release in April 2015, just in time for the Avengers’ return to the big screen on May 1st in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, this action-packed prose adventure follows Earth’s Mightiest across the universe!

The Avengers have fought their fair share of dangerous and deadly foes. Are they prepared to face them again – all at once?! In Berlin, Captain America battles against the forces of Hydra. In the Savage Land, Black Widow and Hawkeye attempt to foil the maniacal plot of A.I.M. In Washington, the Invincible Iron Man battles the robotic hordes of Ultron. In Mangapore, Bruce Banner and Nick Fury do battle against the High Evolutionary! The attacks can’t all be a coincidence—but who, or what, is behind them?

“Marvel Prose Novels offer a whole new way to experience the Marvel Universe,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Who better to bring the Avengers to life for an original prose novel than Dan Abnett? This one is crammed cover to cover with the action Marvel fans love.”

Brought together to fight the foes no single super hero could withstand, what hope do the Avengers have when they’re scattered and separated, forced to battle legions of their deadliest foes? Strap in for a tale unlike any other when fan-favorite scribe Dan Abnett takes the Avengers for a spin in their first, ever original prose novel: AVENGERS: EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD!

Join LaughingPlace for ESPN Fantasy Football Games
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Join fellow readers of LaughingPlace.com in our annual Fantasy Football games. This year we have three to choose from, Pigskin Pick’em, Gridiron Challenge, and Eliminator Challenge. Pick one, two or all three.

The password to join our groups is “max”

Pigskin Pick’em: http://games.espn.go.com/nfl-pigskin-pickem/en/group?groupID=23866&groupp=bWF4A&invitesource=twitter&inviteuser=MTIwMjk5NQ%3D%3D&ex_cid=invite-twitter-pigskin

Gridiron Challenge: http://games.espn.go.com/nfl-gridiron-challenge/en/group?groupID=22438&groupp=bWF4A&invitesource=twitter&inviteuser=MTIwMjk5NQ%3D%3D&ex_cid=invite-twitter-gridiron

Eliminator Challenge: http://games.espn.go.com/nfl-eliminator-challenge/en/group?groupID=28926&groupp=bWF4A&invitesource=twitter&inviteuser=MTIwMjk5NQ%3D%3D&ex_cid=invite-twitter-eliminator


Walt Disney World Chefs VoluntEAR at Homeless Facility
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Chefs from Walt Disney World Resort whipped up some delicious meals and were among the first to pepper their culinary expertise with the residents of the new Men’s Service Center at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida and the largest residential facility for children. The Coalition provides a broad range of services to help deal with the root causes of homelessness, including job training and educational programs to over 600 men, women and children. The new Men’s Service Center offers community meals every night and provides supportive services for up to 250 men.

With 100 pounds of meat malls, 1,000 dinner rolls, 300 pounds of tortellini, 1500 corn dogs, 200 pounds of bread pudding and 750 cupcakes, the Disney chefs prepared enough food to feed 1,000 people during their latest bi-weekly visit to the nonprofit.

Disney’s involvement was not limited to the kitchen. Earlier this summer, other representatives from Disney volunteered time to unload trailers full of furniture, move them into the building and assemble the unfinished pieces. In addition, Disney has supported the Coalition through Disney Grants. As a top recipient of the grants, the Coalition receives ongoing comprehensive support from Disney, through volunteer board service, assistance in the maintenance and improvement of Coalition facilities and through the donations of more than 18,000 meals annually and warm clothing in the winter.

“Walt Disney World has been a long-time supporter of the work and mission of Coalition for the Homeless,” said Brent A. Trotter, president and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless.  “Because of their generous support of our children’s programs, the donations of in-kind goods and services, and the hundreds of VoluntEAR hours given by so many Disney Cast Members on countless projects, we are able to provide crucial services to those experiencing the crisis of homelessness.”

In addition to supporting the Coalition for the Homeless, Disney is actively involved in helping address homelessness in Central Florida by working with community programs and partnerships to reduce the number of homeless people in the community and prevent more people from being at risk