Friday, October 17, 2008
Everyone is aware of Charrisa Thompson at this point right? She has been dubbed by some as the heir apparent to the sideline crown, once Erin Andrews' 15-minutes is up, and she is seemingly much better at answering questions. She responded to a few for Randball today, and the results were pretty awesome....
Randball: Has there been a defining moment so far in your career when you knew that you had “arrived” in a sense?The other thing you need to know about Charissa is that she's pretty good at her job. She covers every single Sport and rarely ever stops working. Oh and yes....she's very attractive as well. Keep an eye out for her working with either the team of Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan for NFL coverage, Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis on the BTN or on the BDSSP.
Charissa Thompson: In New York, it was August or September, and we did an NFL seminar, with all the guys from the NFL. One night we went out and did a team bonding deal at a bowling alley. There were executives, along with guys like Howie Long and Michael Strahan, and we were all bowling, and I looked around, and it was a moment where I learned to appreciate exactly what I was doing. … And a moment on Best Damn when Dr. J. showed up. I thought, “I’ve been given the opportunity to do this for a living.”
RB: We’re in the Internet era, and we’re also in an era where sideline reporters seem to be somewhat of a phenomenon — Erin Andrews and so on. Does it make you more cautious or aware of what you’re doing?
CT: You’d be lying to say you don’t care about those things … there is some ignorance out there and people can say whatever they want. (Someone wrote), “Adult film star is now a Fox reporter.” My name, if you Google it, is the same (as that of an adult film star). It’s ignorance. But … I don’t have to like everybody. Everyone is entitled to an opinion.
RB: What role does apperance play in your field?
CT: You’d be lying if you said it didn’t matter. Two weeks ago, I dyed my hair from blonde to brown, and it was unbelievable how much attention it caused. In dying my hair, I realized how much perception is emphasized in looks. It was a good case study to figure out how you’re looked at. (Appearance) is a foot in the door. Everyone needs a little luck, to show the potential you have.
Friday (Charissa Thompson) edition: Wha’ Happened? (Randball)
Charissa's Hair is Black! (Central Maine)