Behind The Scenes

Mike & Mike producer Chapman on making the show during SB Week

INDIANAPOLIS — As producer of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike In The Morning, Liam Chapman has a job that combines pressure and fun.

Every week, he and his colleagues work to line up an all-star array of guests to discuss a variety of sports subjects.

But this week, the spotlight was more intense as the show set up its home at Pan Am Plaza in the middle of Super Bowl XLVI festivities.

In the video above, Chapman shares with Front Row his thoughts about some of the guests, his history with the show, and the camaraderie involved in producing the program.

On Sunday from 6-10 a.m. ET on ESPN Radio and, Mike & Mike will air a Super Bowl special edition of the program.

The simulcast also will air on ESPN2 from 6-9 a.m. and on ESPNews for the remaining hour.

The special will include not only highlights of the past week in Indianapolis, but other guests include Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden, NFL Live analyst Herm Edwards and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

By the way, here are the show hosts’ Super Bowl XLVI predictions:

Mike Golic picks the Giants, 24-20: “Right now the Giants are playing better than the Patriots, and I think they’re a more balanced team. It could come down to who has the ball last, but I have a lot of faith in Eli [Manning] if they have the ball last to do what he did in Week 9 against the Patriots.”

Mike Greenberg picks the Giants, 34-20: “I like the Giants in a big way — a big way for Big Blue. They are the healthier team, and that’s the most important factor. They’re the hotter team, and, frankly, they’re the better team. I like the Giants and I don’t think it’s that close.”

Here’s a roll call of the week of guests on Mike & Mike from the Super Bowl site:

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton
ESPN NFL Analyst Merril Hoge
2011 Heisman Trophy Winner Robert Griffin III
Six Time Pro Bowl Defensive End Jason Taylor
Green Bay Packers Linebacker Clay Matthews
ESPN NFL Analyst Steve Young
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder
Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten
Actor Adam Sandler and musician Vanilla Ice

Comedian Frank Caliendo
Football Night in America’s Rodney Harrison
New York Jets Tight End Dustin Keller
Super Bowl XII Champion Ed “Too Tall” Jones
FOX Sports & NFL Network’s Brian Billick
ESPN NFL Analyst Mike Ditka
Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Kurt Warner
New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees
Pro Football Hall of Famer Deacon Jones
Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz
Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Greg Jennings
Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald

ESPN NFL Analyst Mark Schlereth
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter
ESPN NFL Analyst Trent Dilfer
ESPN NFL Analyst Cris Carter
ESPN NFL Analyst Tom Jackson
Indianapolis Colts WR Pierre Garcon
NBC Play By Play Announcer Al Michaels

ESPN NFL Analyst Herm Edwards
ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton
ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen
ESPN NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski

ESPN NFL Analyst Cris Carter
Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Gary Brackett
Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Lineman Brett Keisel
ESPN NFL Analyst Tedy Bruschi
NBC’s Cris Collinsworth

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