Friday is Michelle Beadle's last day with ESPN as she transitions from here to the family of networks at NBC. She had been co-host of "SportsNation" with Colin Cowherd for the past three years and of "Winners Bracket" with Marcellus Wiley on ABC.
There will be a special "SportsNation" show at 5 p.m. today on ESPN2, but Playbook had a chance to do the final interview with Beadle.
What will you miss most about ESPN?
"I'm going to miss the wind tunnel between Buildings 3 and 4. The ways in which the parking situation forced me to get 'creative.' Bob Ley and his snide comments. Trey Wingo and his snarky comments. Meeting so many people who I respect the hell out of. And the bizarre if not dysfunctional 'SportsNation' family."
What’s your favorite memory of this place?
"My favorite memory? Convincing Ashley McCloskey that I'm not the witch she expected from my Photoshopped headshot three years ago. And breaking my ankle while walking and eating a cookie, resulting in a Herm Edwards forehead kiss to make the boo-boo go away."
You’re moving back to New York City. What’s your favorite thing about that place?
"Moving back to New York is perhaps what I'm most excited about. Alternate side of the road parking. Flip flops on the subway. And any food I want, delivered. Sometimes more than once a day."
You’re back on the road covering events. What’s the best thing about that?
"Part of my job now will involve getting back on the road, including London for a month in July. I'm already stressed on how many pairs of socks that requires!"
I see you’re doing red carpet also. You aren’t going to bumrush me out of talking to Brad and Angelina, are you?
"If I see you standing between me and a life changing moment with the Biebs, Hoppes, I will not hesitate to crush you."