Monday, January 10 is the big game in the Bowl Championship Series. ESPN presented their commentator team to the Television Critics Association to preview the event. After the panel, we got a few minute to ask some questions Erin Andrews, sportscaster for the title game.
Crave Online: Who are the teams you personally root for?
Erin Andrews: You know what? ESPN looks very down on us rooting for anybody. I don’t cheer for anyone because my job is obviously more important but the reason why I got into sports is because of my father. He’s a giant sports fan and we are from New England so he cheered for the Celtics and the Red Sox. He was always a huge Green Bay Packers fan so those were the teams I used to sit with dad and watch on the couch. You always keep an eye on them. If the Celtics have a big win or the Packers have a big win, my dad will dial me up and say, “Hey, what do you think?” It’s my dad. It’s fun to talk with him.
Crave Online: Given that policy, do you not even think about it or you just keep your favorites to yourself?
Erin Andrews: Oh no, this is 32 years. You keep it private but I always do interviews like this where I talk about why I’m in sports and because my dad meant so much to me and this is who I followed growing up. But you establish so many relationships with teams and players in college that go to the NFL. You’re cheering for them because they’re a nice guy, they’re a philanthropist, stuff like that. I always like to cheer for my dad’s teams because I want the old man to be happy.
Crave Online: Have you seen footage of yourself in 3D?
Erin Andrews: No, I don’t think I want to either. I can’t take myself in HD or non HD so 3D would probably make me want to puke.
Crave Online: What do you think of the Bowl system?
Erin Andrews: You know, I obviously enjoy all the work I get in the post season, working the holiday bowl and Rose Bowl and National Championship. I would like to work a playoff at some point but my stance on it is it’s not here yet and until it is, these guys are better at arguing about it than I am. I don’t really know a solution. I think in the end it would make all fan bases happy but I don’t have a solution. Instead of crying about it and arguing about it with each other, I’ll just wait until it happens.
Crave Online: At a certain point, work is work. You’re still going to cover it, whatever the format.
Erin Andrews: Right, exactly. It’d be fun to do a playoff though.
Crave Online: Is your goal to eventually move up to pro coverage?
Erin Andrews: You know, I love the college game right now. My role expanded this year with College Game Day and being the host. This is where I belong right now. I’m very happy with this and until I feel like I’m ready for NFL, maybe that’s the next step. I look at this, college football is where I love to be. There’s no other place I’d rather be in January right now than at the National Championship game.
Crave Online: You’re a very pretty woman who knows a lot about sports. Do guys hit on you all the time?
Erin Andrews: No, no, not at all.
Crave Online: What do sports fans want to talk to you about?
Erin Andrews: Sports. They want to know what I know and what the coaches are saying and if Oregon has a chance and if Auburn has a chance and how are the Gators going to be and what happened in Texas? They just want to talk sports with me and I think when they realize how much of a tomboy I am and how much I love talking sports, then they’re like, “Oh wow, you’re like a normal person.” That’s just who I am.
Crave Online: What do you do to get ready for Monday’s game?
Erin Andrews: Since I’m covering Oregon, I bug Chip Kelly every day to see if there’s any new developments. Read as many articles and not just the ones that are written on Oregon’s side of things. I read every single article I can get my hands on. I can say this and it won’t make my parents happy. It’s more than I’ve ever studied for any college exam which again is really bad, but yeah. I’ve never studied this hard before than I have for this game.
Crave Online: On the 11th, what do you do?
Erin Andrews: Have a complete meltdown. No, I’ve got some other things going on as soon as this game is over with, just personal side, just some things I’m getting involved with. So I’ll be doing that.
Crave Online: How much time off might that be?
Erin Andrews: I don’t even know. I start up college basketball pretty soon so my schedule isn’t as crazy as it is with college football but I do go move to college basketball.
Crave Online: Are you allowed to have a favorite sport?
Erin Andrews: Yeah, since growing up in the south, college football is pretty much a religion. You live and breathe it when you grow up in the south.
Crave Online: Do you have a different style or approach to each sport?
Erin Andrews: No, I think the one thing with me and everyone who knows me, I’m kind of pretty laid back and I like to just be someone that everybody relates to. I really enjoy how these guys call a game. I feel like you’re sitting down at a bar and you’re watching the game with your friends. I want people to think that way with me, like oh, she’s a cool chick that just got great information on the sidelines and she’s a huge sports fan and she finds that necessary to tell you.