Tagged: ‘Kristen Balboni’
posted by Hannah Worster on October 19, 2013 7:00 AM
ICYMI: This week on Front Row; PLUS: Clemson entrance will again set stage for monster matchup on ABC
Tonight’s Top 5 showdown – the first such matchup of the season – between No. 5 Florida State and No. 3 Clemson (ABC, 8 p.m. ET) marks College GameDay Built by The Home Depot’s second visit to Clemson this season.
Fans will likely remember the spine-tingling stadium entrance aired prior to the telecast of Clemson’s win over Georgia (above). Well, get ready to be thrilled again, as ABC will bring the chills back in the run up to tonight’s ACC battle.
Front Row asked Senior Coordinating Producer, College Football Ed Placey for his insight into how his team handled – and will handle – the grand entrance of the Tigers, in addition to that of the Seminoles.
How did the Week 1′s Clemson open come about? continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on October 17, 2013 8:00 AM
Last week, Front Row asked readers and “Balbiz” fans to send us your work-related questions for Mike & Mike researcher Kristen Balboni. The moderator of the popular “Next Question” segment of the show has sifted through your queries and supplied some answers:
#AskBalbiz How long have you work with Mike and Mike? What is most fun part of your job and the hardest?
— Jonathan Baylor (@SPORTSCENTER123) October 9, 2013
posted by Hannah Worster on October 9, 2013 11:57 AM
ESPN researcher Kristen “Balbiz” Balboni has been a part of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike crew since August 2011. While most people recognize Balboni for moderating the “Next Question” segment on the show, that’s just a small part of her job. Balboni spends the majority of her workday as a researcher for the show, which means devoting hours to show preparation and uncovering stats and information quickly for Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg.
If you are curious about Balboni’s role on the Mike & Mike team, what she enjoys most about working at ESPN, etc., share your questions with Front Row using the hashtag #AskBalbiz via our Twitter and Facebook pages. Balboni will answer readers’ selected questions and we will feature her responses in a Front Row post next week.
posted by Amanda DeCastro on October 9, 2013 8:00 AM
Liam Chapman, Producer, Mike & Mike
Favorite guest you’ve booked: I always enjoy booking my Mum. That’s fun, but on a more serious note, it’s always good booking that big name “A” guest that everyone wants to hear from. Some examples: Having [former Chicago Bears linebacker] Brian Urlacher the morning after he retired, [Louisville basketball coach] Rick Pitino the morning after he won the National Championship or Santonio Holmes after he won the Super Bowl with the Steelers.
Mike Urrunaga, Producer, Mike & Mike continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on May 1, 2013 3:15 PM
‘Magic Mike’ Golic celebrates rare victory in show’s ‘Jayson Stark Trivia’ segment with dazzling dance moves
This morning’s edition of Mike & Mike — simulcast on ESPN Radio and ESPN2 — showcased a routine worthy of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars — or at least a collection of hilarious DTWS outtakes.
“Getting a Jayson Stark trivia question correct happens so infrequently, the dance was the perfect celebration,” Mike & Mike’s Mike Golic said after his impromptu cardiovascular routine — captured in the video above beginning at the 1:30 mark — broke up the show’s staff and, no doubt, members of the listening/viewing audience. continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on February 10, 2013 1:01 PM
When ESPN NFL analyst Darren Woodson was recruited to play college football in 1987, he didn’t have a cell phone, let alone a Twitter or Facebook account. So when his nephew, senior cornerback Cole Luke (a 2013 Notre Dame signee) went through the process this season — more than 25 years later — Woodson was exposed to a whole new world of recruiting.
The former three-year starter at Arizona State who won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys as a pro discusses his eye-opening experience with Front Row:
Your nephew Cole Luke is a four-star defensive back prospect from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. How did you help him prepare for the recruiting process?
I don’t know if it was so much me preparing my nephew for the recruiting process or him preparing me. I haven’t gone through this since ’87, so it had been a long time and the rules have changed — when there’s dead time, and when the coach can call you, and now with social media. So he had to educate me on the process first.
I basically numbered the teams that he had interest in, or the schools that he had interest in. And that was one of the mistakes at first — I’m thinking NFL, hey, let’s list the teams. And then I thought about it, let’s list the schools and the education.
What part does social media play in today’s recruiting process?
It’s huge. I cannot imagine the pressure that would be placed on me at the age of 17-18 and having Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and all these different social media outlets to go through and get recruited off of. Back when in ’87, the coaches called the house and they called your head coach. You went through that process of meeting with your head coach and your head coach setting up the meetings at the same time.
Now it’s totally different. There’s so much more pressure on these young kids to make a decision. There’s so much access to those players at the same time that you really have to be focused on making the right decision and not being overwhelmed with too much information.
Speaking of social media, you have a cameo in a recent commercial for AT&T that has a recruiting theme. What feedback have you received?
A ton of feedback. My nephew Cole is always on me joking about that little two-second blurb I got — “Hello!” — I mean, that’s all I hear. I hear from everyone. Even Herm Edwards the other day, who was the king of that word: “Hello.” He got on me about, “Why didn’t they come recruit me instead of you?” So, I’ve heard it from everyone.
For a complete recap of the college football recruiting season and rankings of the top classes, visit ESPN’s Recruiting Central.
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row
• Mike & Mike in the Morning researcher Kristen “Balbiz” Balboni talked with Front Row about her other ESPN gig, quizzing Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic for the “Next Question” segment.
• ESPN NBA analysts shared intriguing gift ideas for Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday on Sunday, Feb. 17.
• Studio E, the home of Mike & Mike in the Morning, First Take, NFL Live, and NFL 32, got a refresher last week. The operations crew took advantage of the empty studio due to offsite Super Bowl XLVII coverage and upgraded cameras, monitors and set lighting.
• ESPNU aired its eighth annual National Signing Day Special earlier this week. The coverage included many updates from ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill.
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Our favorites from across ESPN over the past week continue reading…
posted by Kareem White on February 6, 2013 8:00 AM
Mike & Mike In the Morning researcher, interrogator Kristen Balboni — a k a ‘Balbiz’ — answers ‘next questions’
Pinehurst, N.C.-native Kristen “Balbiz” Balboni has been a valuable member of the Mike & Mike in the Morning team since August 2011.
The University of North Carolina alum (Class of 2011) and journalism major is a researcher for the show most of the time. Since last September, she’s been a weekly staple of the ESPN Radio show (simulcast on ESPN2). Balboni, who turns 24 on Friday, peppers co-hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic with questions fans submit via the Internet for a segment called “Next Question.”
Front Row turns the tables on one-time intern Balboni — sorry, she’s no relation to former Yankees slugger Steve “Bye Bye” Balboni — for some questions.
Who is Kristen Balboni? Who is “Balbiz”?
Kristen Balboni is a sports fan from Pinehurst, N.C. whose favorite teams are the Red Sox, Panthers and Tar Heels. Other than sports, she enjoys cooking, reading, hanging out with friends and shopping.
“Balbiz” is the Mike & Mike researcher, who handles the show’s research and makes appearances on “Next Question.” The nickname was given to me by our producer Liam Chapman. Greeny told me on my first day on the show that everyone had a nickname and he couldn’t call me Kristen, so “Balbiz” eventually stuck.
What was the show group’s reaction when Liam proposed you do an on-air “Question” segment? continue reading…