Cohn: Last year, I get a message from Matt­hew McConaughey asking for a favor, leaving me his home number. Of course, I go tell some colleagues and my little fantasy mind is going, "Okay, I'm ready to leave my husband [laughs]. If that's the favor he wants, then I think I can make some adjustments!" When I call him, he has a friend who wants to be what I am. He … asked if I could show her around ESPN. How could I say no? Who knew that Matthew was a fan? It's just one of those stories that show ESPN's impact.

Berman: I'm going way back to 1982 - those Wonderbread years. I was covering the ­Royals, and Hall of Famer George Brett asks me how come I don't have as many nicknames for the Royals as other teams. I explain that's just the way it is, not that I don't like them. He then asks me my nickname - I didn't have one. So he tells me to visit the clubhouse at game's end and he'd have one. So, he has the big winning hit, all the cameras are around him, and while describing it, he sees me and says, "Ethel Merman Berman." He's been working on this all game, during the heat of a pennant race. Man!

Sports anchors have effectively become stars in their own right - how has the role evolved?

Berman:
When we started SportsCenter there was nothing more than three minutes of sports on your local news. When we're on for 30 or 90 minutes, then you're with us every night. So we've become stars, but we're a product of a unique new situation.

Cohn: For me, the celebrity has been the icing on the cake. Sometimes I do feel like a rock star when I walk into a sports venue. Hey, I can't lie, that's a great feeling, especially when they're males, 18 to 34, coming up and expressing their love for what I do. It's always funny when my husband is there and that happens. Also, the athletes recognize you, and that's a high because I'm still a huge sports fan.
What's been SportsCenter's impact on athletes - does the possibility of being on a highlight reel prompt going for the moon shot and showboating?