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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Jonas Brothers ready to face ESPN in softball


ESPN's campus is abuzz as we're one day away from the big matchup between a team of ESPN commentators and the Jonas Brothers in a charity softball tournament at noon Friday at New Britain (Conn.) Stadium.

The Jonas Brothers will stop in New Britain en route to their 8 p.m. show that night at Hartford's Comcast Theatre. They will have begun the day with an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York.

"We will give our best. That's all that matters," Nick Jonas said. "Sportsmanship comes first. Only way to win is work together as a team. We're really not that good. We just like to play. We're trying to have a winning season."

"Well, they already have the cliches down," said ESPN fantasy guru Matthew Berry, who originally challenged the Jonas Brothers to a game in May. The ESPN team is called the "G.O.A.T.S.," which is an acronym for "Greatest of All Time".

While the Jonas' team -- called the "Road Dogs" -- is made up of Nick (third baseman), Joe (right fielder) and Kevin Jonas (pitching), their band mates and road crew, the ESPN team will have a lineup including Berry, Mike and Mike in the Morning's Mike Greenberg, SportsNation's Michelle Beadle, NFL analyst and former All-Pro defensive end Marcellus Wiley, and "Baseball Tonight" analyst and former MLB player Eduardo Perez.

"Bottom line: we're looking to have fun and entertain the fans, we know that the Jonas Brothers are the star attraction," said Fantasy editor Nate Ravitz, who is leading off. "But we've also put together a team that we think will win, hopefully setting us up for future matchups against 'High School Musical' and the vampires from 'Twilight.'"