SURFING THE TUBE.
As one of the founding members of ESPN's
``SportsCenter,'' Tom Mees saw what began as a tiny all-sports
cable channel blossom into a huge institution. A tribute that ESPN plans
today for Mees, who drown Wednesday in Connecticut, sounds like the most
fitting way to thank him for his contribution. Airing during ESPN's
8 a.m. ``SportsWeekly'' program, the tribute will be hosted by
Bob Ley and Chris Berman, who started at ESPN with Mees more than 15
years ago. It includes a video retrospective and memories from
Mees' friends and peers. Mees, 46, drown in a neighbor's
swimming pool Wednesday in Connecticut. ``There's no way to
articulate the exuberance, fun and enthusiasm Tom brought to anything he
did, on and off the air,'' said Ley. ``SportsCenter would not
be what it is today without the 60- to 80-hour work weeks he put in when
ESPN was just a rumor.''