The two winners of the “First Take, Your Take” viewer contest will travel to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 18, to receive the full backstage experience and join Stephen A. Smith , Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim on First Take on ESPN at 10 a.m. ET to debate the day’s news.
On Tuesday, Chrystal Stone of New York City will take a seat at the desk, followed by Mikal Goodman of Miami on Wednesday. Watch Stone and Goodman preparing for their appearances here, and watch their entry videos here (Stone) and here (Goodman).
“When I received the call from Stephen A. Smith that I won, I was in complete shock!” said Stone. “I have been a fan of First Take for years. To have a chance to go on to my favorite sports show and be a part of the action is dream come true. I’m both extremely nervous and excited. It’s one thing to win the contest; now I have to go on live TV to take on Stephen A. and Max! I’m thrilled at the challenge.”
“I’ve played sports my whole life, so just like winning a big game my first reaction was extreme excitement, then disbelief,” said Goodman. “My wife was screaming in the background, I really couldn’t believe I won out of all those people. I had to rewind the TV a couple of times to make sure it was really me in the video. I’ve been watching First Take literally every day for over five years now. I’m super excited to come to Bristol, see the ESPN campus and meet the team. To Stephan A and Max: guys, this is the best debate show on the planet. Thank you for thinking outside of the box to provide an opportunity like this. I am extremely grateful and humbled that you chose me. Thanks again.”
For six weeks starting October 13, fans uploaded one-minute videos with their best original sports debate to FirstTakeYourTake.com for the chance to debate Smith and Kellerman on national television. Two were selected out of more than 7,000 entries. Click here for more info on the contest.
First Take is ESPN’s weekday morning studio debate show featuring commentators Smith and Kellerman with host Qerim. First Take airs weekday mornings from 10 a.m. – noon. The lively two-hour program focuses on the most compelling and entertaining topics of the day from the world of sports. After many years on ESPN2, the show moved to ESPN as of January 3, and posted its highest-rated show ever on January 10 with a 0.6 household rating. Follow First Take on Twitter, Facebook or the Podcast for more updates and information.