Do Me A Favor Leader.....Never Put Chris Berman On Another Golf Event Again

Monday, June 18, 2007

Just a quick post since I already commented on this over the airwaves at 790 The Ticket this afternoon. But if there's any sport that doesn't need Chris Berman it's golf (really every sport for that matter).

For the first two rounds of the U.S. Open he chuckled and cracked bad jokes that rarely made sense. My favorite review came from Phil Mushnick of the New York Post....

Compare Costas to ESPN's signature guy, Chris Berman, who as tower host of the first two rounds of the Open, couldn't help but show up as Vaudeville Chris, performing his TV clown act as if Open viewers would otherwise have been disappointed.

From the start of coverage Thursday, when ESPN showed tape of Ken Duke pitching in for bird at the first hole, three hours earlier, Berman served notice that it's show time - The Chris Berman Show: "On hole No. 1, Ken Duke was no hazard." Clever, huh? Berman had three hours to come up with that one.

Steve Martin knew that the laughs would fade if he hollered, "Ex-cuuuuuse me!" one more time, but Berman still seeks to win the day performing an act he should've grown from, then out of, then retired years ago.
Buuuuuuurn. But seriously....just put Scott Van Pelt on the coverage and you're good.


P.S.- Yes, that is Berman in the pink in case you were wondering.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 5:41 PM


I hate feeling like I'm falling into the trap of hating everything associated with ESPN. I really do. That said, Berman is awful. Just awful. His act was stale fifteen years ago, but ESPN just keeps trotting him out there.

Jun 18, 2007, 6:05:00 PM  

RUTS- We've still got College Football and the NBA isn't THAT bad.

Jun 18, 2007, 6:08:00 PM  

Just as long as Berman never infiltrates what ESPN does best, college sports (minus idiotic things like allowing Pam Ward to have a job and demoting Ron Franklin), I'll be okay with it.

Anonymous said...
Jun 18, 2007, 6:31:00 PM  

I was afraid that Berman was going to call Tiger "Eye of the Tiger" Woods, but then I realized that the song didn't come out in the 70's.

Pacman said...
Jun 19, 2007, 12:28:00 AM  

Chris Berman in...


Eating nostril leeches by the bucket...

hollywood wags said...
Jun 19, 2007, 8:50:00 AM  

A few years back I recall Boomer calling David Toms "Ground Control to" David Toms, followed by several seconds of awkward silence from his broadcast partner(s). It occurred to me that Boomer is like that one eccentric relative in every family that has been acting crazy for so long that the family just sort of gets used to it. But then you observe him in public acting the same way and suddenly you realize that your relative isn't just quirky, he's absolutely nuts. Boomer's football schtick is so familiar that I don't even think about it anymore. But put him in unfamiliar territory, like the broadcast booth for a golf tournament, and his craziness comes shining through.

The Battleship said...
Jun 19, 2007, 10:46:00 AM  

Much like Rich Little, Berman is a one-trick pony, and his act died on the vine a long time ago. It's sad that this mook is allowed so much airtime, yet someone like Bob Ley is relegated to specialty reporting.

Bruce said...
Jun 19, 2007, 11:12:00 AM  
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Mantlemurcer said...
Jun 19, 2007, 1:19:00 PM  

I'm with ya on ripping Berman. Check it out.

America's Most Not Wanted

Mantlemurcer said...
Jun 19, 2007, 1:21:00 PM  

It's a good thing Berman is tranny and doesn't have a penis to infiltrate the wild bushes of the outback

Dummy said...
Jun 19, 2007, 11:06:00 PM  

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