Erin Andrews Watch, the Live Blog
Erin Andrews showed up Thursday night in black tights, sleeveless cream-colored vest over a patterned shirt. Thus was answered the hottest question going into the college football season:
What would ESPN's sideline siren wear in her first public appearance since her last public appearance?
Almost everybody with a computer and a curiosity knows what Andrews was wearing in that one. The NC State-South Carolina is her first assignment since the peephole video propelled Andrews into Internet voyeurism history.
How will that affect college football's favorite sideshow? At the risk of sounding like a peephole pervert, we'll be tracking her every move to find out.
Read David Whitley's liveblog about Erin Andrews after the jump.
5:25 p.m.: Andrews enters Carter-Finley Stadium from the south end zone tunnel. As NC State's receivers run routes and catch passes on the field, she prepares to tape her pregame standup. None of the Wolfpack seem to notice her. Or maybe they don't recognize her with clothes on.
5:39 p.m.: Andrews finishes the taping. She appears comfortable with a microphone despite the six-week layoff.
6:57 p.m.: The press box announcer says the heat index is 77 degrees. It would be much higher if they'd show the peephole video on the scoreboard TV screen, but that would be blatant exploitation. And the NCAA only permits blatant exploitation of student-athletes, not its sideline announcers.
7:13 p.m.: On NC State a 's first offensive play, Toney Baker fumbles at the Wolfpack's 14-yard line. The fumble was caused by South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor. "Good strip," the guy next to me said. I refuse to turn that into a reference to Erin Andrews.
7:24 p.m.: Taylor, apparently inspired by Andrews' return, blocks an NC State punt. Anp drews is standing at the 25-yard line on the other end of the field. She jots something down on a yellow legal pad. I can't be sure from my press box vantage point, but I think it says "Pick up more shampoo after game."
7:32 p.m.: Andrews walks from the north side of the field to the south in order to get a better view of the action. The route takes her behind the NC State bench and near the first row of fans. She is followed by a guy in a beige suit and one uniformed policeman. I'm not sure of the other security details, but I'm pretty sure I see a sniper team on the roof of the nearby NC State athletic complex.
7:56 p.m.: Andrews makes her third walk behind the NC State bench. She stops halfway and has a brief conversation with a Wolfpack trainer. Again, it's hard to read lips from a press box on top of the stadium, but I'm pretty sure she asked him if the black tights make her look fat.
8:05 p.m.: South Carolina blows another scoring chance with a bad snap on a field goal attempt. Andrews writes something on her legal pad, then she flips through about a dozen pages of notes. She takes great pride in her pre-game preparation, so I presume she's checking the section on "How to ask Steve Spurrier why his team is gagging without having him slap me with his visor."
8:19 p.m.: The first half ends. Andrews and a producer type walk onto the field to corral Spurrier as he walks toward the locker room. Spurrier grimaces, apparently unaware that he's the lucky winner of historic EA Lotto - First coach to be interviewed AV (After Video). But he knows he has to stop and chat since ESPN runs college football. Andrews gets out two questions about the line play or something like that. Spurrier gives the perfunctory answers and trots off without slapping her with his visor. Andrews then walks to the mini-compound ESPN has set up in the northwest corner of the field. It's impossible to tell who else is down there, but I swear I see Dr. Phil on the TV doing a halftime report. Please tell me he's talking about his Britney Spears intervention and how Andrews can learn from it.
8:43 p.m.: NC State coach Tom O'Brien apparently does not do halftime interviews. His team takes the field and Andrews doesn't even try to interview him before the second-half kickoff. Instead she does a quick standup. I'm not sure what she said since it lasted about 4.8 seconds and I was getting some popcorn. All I know is O'Brien may be the only male in America who has passed up a chance to saddle up next to Andrews.
8:58 p.m.: South Carolina misses an easy field goal, making approximately 14 blown scoring chances so far. I would bet my miniature-lens video camera that Andrews is jotting down "That will come back to haunt them" on her legal pad.
9:16 p..m.: NC State finally scores on 43-yard field goal. I'd like to give you Andrews' reaction but she's either been hiding behind a Gatorade cooler for the past 15 minutes or has left her sideline post. My hope is that she's gone to the ESPN trailer and is changing into a nun suit, just to make light of the peephole controversy and accusations that she dresses to impress frat boys.
9:22 p.m.: There she is! Andrews has moved to South Carolina's sideline. Alas, she did not change into the nun suit. Neither has the cop who's been tailing her for the past three hours.
9:35 p.m.: NC State is driving for the inevitable go-ahead touchdown, so Andrews has moved toward that end zone. From across the field it's easier to see exactly who is in her entourage. There's the cop, the guy in the beige suit, two cameramen and another guy carrying some sort of electronic device. If she'd had this much company in the hotel room we'd never had a scandal.
9:45 p.m.: NC State ended up punting. This game is a bad football comedy. At least the South Carolina bench is on the side of the field where NC State students sit, so there's a chance we'll see some drunken Sig Ep pledge hop over the wall and try to kiss Andrews. I can't think of any other reason to keep watching.