Pulling off an all-nighter is by no means easy, especially when you’re in front of the camera with millions of fans seeking your analysis, advice and wisdom.
In fact, it was a lot tougher than they thought it would be. So, as ESPN’s first 24-hour Tournament Challenge Marathon begins tonight with the NCAA Women’s Selection Special Presented by Capital One on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET, we asked Berry to provide a few tips for his college basketball colleagues.
1. Realize it is a much longer day.
You think it’s just 24 hours, but you’ll have productions meetings, research and need a long time in makeup before you can do 24 hours straight. All told I wound up being awake for 40 hours straight.
2. Energy drinks are your friend.
Or coffee. Or caffeinated beverages. Something. I was pounding them like crazy. Just know that you’re not getting through this without taking PEDs. . . Performance Enhancing Drinks.
3. Keep talking!
As I was getting scheduled, producers wanted to “take it easy on me” and let me rest late at night/early morning, doing just one segment an hour. Which makes sense in theory but truthfully, resting is when I found myself most tired. When I was on TV and engaging with others, I felt the most awake and didn’t think about how tired I was.
4. Compete to stay awake.
If nothing else, make sure you at least stay awake longer than your on-air partner. That way you can take a picture like this one [above] at 4:15 a.m.
5. Don’t do anything (too) stupid.
You’re going to be on live TV for 24 hours straight. Final, best piece of advice I have? Don’t do anything stupid. When thinking about what you want to say or do, especially around hour 21 or so, just remember those three simple words: DON’T. BE. STUPID.