MIAMI — The second we stepped on to the Miami Convention Center property, the atmosphere instantly changed from a bustling city to one that resembles a music festival.

From the multiple security checkpoints, bright neon decor and the defining noise of the crowds, it is easy to forget that you are at a serious media event. As a first-time attender of the Big Game radio week festivities, I really didn’t know what to expect on my first day of reporting (except the fact that it was full of hard work). I definitely did not expect to be greeted by countless smiling Big Game volunteers who were ecstatic to have us in their city.

From the countless stars sitting just inches away, to the national big-name media outlets with no-expense-spared productions, it is easy to get lost in the mix.

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“The Big Game experience is insane,” WSBU Sports Director Nic Rohloff said. “Having the ability to interview both former and current players on the same day is unbelievable. However, the fan in me went away, and my reporter side came out as soon as I started asking questions.”

Former WSBU Buzzworthy Director Sarah Dezio added, “It set the tone for the rest of the week, and my excitement continues to rise as each memorable moment passes.”

WSBU Sports Director Nic Rohloff asks San Francisco wide receiver Deebo Samuel about his rookie year and how veterans in the locker room helped him improve.

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While Sarah, Nic and I are all new to the entire Big Game experience, not all of the WSBU team is experiencing the excitement for the first time. Our three other team members, Steve Wilt, Joe Ceraulo, and Isaiah Blakely, are reporting on the Big Game for the third consecutive year.

“With this being my third year, I am more familiar with how things go here. Typically, the questions tie into a team’s strategy and approach against their Big Game opponent,” Ceraulo said. “However, tonight was unique. There were a lot of athletes using the platform to discuss the tragic loss that hit the sports world yesterday. The discussion I had with (49ers cornerback) Richard Sherman about Kobe Bryant’s impact was way better than anything I could have gotten regarding X’s and O’s.”

If there was one thing that I learned from today’s festivities, it would be to expect the unexpected. You never know who you will see and who you will be able to talk to. As I continue my week reporting on the Big Game, I will always remember to keep my guard up. You never know who will come blindside you out of the blue.

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