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Fan Central Mailbag: First Take t-shirts; Hank Goldberg picks; ESPN’s commitment to NCAA wrestling


Welcome to another edition of the Fan Central Mailbag. Remember, if you have an ESPN-related question, follow us @ESPN_FanCentral and use #FanCentralMB to tweet your questions. You can also e-mail them to [email protected].

Before we get to your questions, a quick reminder that ESPN and ABC will have some great college football match-ups Saturday and you can see a full schedule here.

Also, do you have a “Clutch” story about watching games on WatchESPN? Don’t forget, you can submit your WatchESPN clutch moments and design your own illustrated “Clutch” self-portrait.

Now, on to your questions:

Steve Carell on the set of First Take with Skip Bayless, Cari Champion and Stephen A. Smith (Joe Faraoni / ESPN)
Steve Carell on the set of First Take with Skip Bayless, Cari Champion and Stephen A. Smith
(Joe Faraoni / ESPN)

Are the “I Survived First Take” t-shirts given to fans in the First Take studio audience? — Michael

Michael, we checked with First Take Producer Kevin Reeder, who said: “First Take doesn’t have a studio audience in Bristol, but when we are on the road we give out First Take t-shirts to fans who come to watch the show. We also like to have the people working on the floor of our studio wearing First Take gear in case they are on camera. We also give these shirts out to guests who appear on the show.”

When does Hank Goldberg make his NFL picks? — Ed

Hank’s picks appear at approximately 8:40 a.m. ET on SportsCenter’s Sunday edition. The “Hammer’s” Monday pick is made during the that day’s 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter. Don’t forget, Monday Night Football features two 3-0 teams this week, the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints (8:25 p.m., ESPN). Monday Night Countdown kicks things off at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.

I was watching ESPN recently and heard a catchy song playing just prior to going to commercial with lyrics “we got to go higher” repeated several times in a male voice. Who is the artist and what is the song title? — Aaron

The song is titled “Higher” by Parachute from their “Overnight” album. Aaron, you can check out many of the songs featured on ESPN programs by visiting’s music page or by following @ESPNMusic on Twitter.

Why is there very little coverage of NCAA wrestling by ESPN? — Ray

You might not be aware of this Ray, but ESPN actually began airing the NCAA wrestling championships way back in 1980, and has provided live coverage of every round of the championships since 2011. In addition, ESPN recently announced it will provide live coverage of every mat during the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship, which takes place March 20-22 in Oklahoma City.

In addition to NCAA wrestling coverage, Outside the Lines recently featured a story about the fight to save Olympic wrestling.

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