When Andrea Kremer was asked to be a regular contributor on We Need to Talk – the first-ever nationally-televised all-female sports show – many thoughts raced through her mind.
“Well, I think that my initial reaction was, ‘Finally, it’s about time,’” Kremer said on The MoJo Show. “I certainly know that it was something that I and a number of other women that have been in this business a long time have thought about this type of show. I can’t tell you how much credit I give to CBS for doing it and getting it on the air pretty quickly. We always hear and talk about the people on the front of the camera; the people behind the scenes – all of whom are women, by the way – are just terrific. I’ve said to (some of them) who are substantially younger, ‘You have to understand that we’ve hoped to have a show like this our whole career, and you guys get it and you’re 28 years old –and you, in a way, take it for granted.’ But they actually don’t. They understand the historical significance of it.
“But I’ll be honest with you,” Kremer continued. “It’s a lot better than I thought it initially might be. As you know, so much of this is about chemistry – and you never know. It’s no different than being in a a locker room. You can bring in all these superstars and you don’t know if they’re going to get along. Are they going to subjugate their egos? Are they going to understand that if one person looks good that they all look good? I think that’s how it’s turned out.
“And also, none of us are kind of shrinking violets.”
No, they’re not. Rather, they’re some of the most outspoken and recognizable females in the world of sports. The team includes Kremer, Dana Jacobson, Dara Torres, Amy Trask, Katrina Adams, Lisa Leslie, Laila Ali, Allie LaForce, Lesley Visser, Swin Cash, Tracy Wolfson and Summer Sanders.
The series premiered Sept. 30, with 11 of the 12 team members in studio (Sanders was in Rwanda but taped a message for the viewing audience).
“I can imagine people tuning in and going, ‘Whoa, this is way too much women and female power here,’” Kremer said, laughing. “But as it turns out, each week it’s a group of four people rotating, four of the contributors. And we’ll have special guests.”
One such guest was Katie Blackburn, who is the executive vice president of the Cincinnati Bengals and will likely be the owner when her father, Mike Brown, steps down.
There also seems to be a genuine fondness among regulars. They may disagree from time to time, but the conversation will always be respectful.
Said Kremer of Leslie, “She literally towers over everyone physically, but she has such grace and just a presence about her.”
Kremer, who used to work for ESPN but is now a correspondent for several networks, compared herself to Darren Sproles, saying, “I’m your best little all-purpose back around.”
The show, which airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET, is not a highlight show. Instead, it’s an opportunity to stay current on hot-button issue – such as domestic violence in the NFL –while also moving the needle forward.
“We (discuss) . . . burning issues,” Kremer said. “We’re sitting around talking sports just like the two of you guys like to.”