ESPN Airing The NFL HOF Induction Ceremony On Sunday

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Well we now know where ESPN's allegiance is. The Baseball HOF Ceremony was relegated to ESPN Classic, but the NFL one on Sunday will be broadcast on ESPN Uno. We even get Chris Berman back as host!

ESPN will present live coverage of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008 induction ceremony Saturday, August 2, at 6 p.m. ET from Canton, Ohio. NFL Live’s Trey Wingo will host the three-hour primetime telecast with analyst Tom Jackson. ESPN’s Chris Berman, entering his 23rd year as host of Sunday NFL Countdown, will emcee the ceremony that honors the six members of this year’s class – Fred Dean, Darrell Green, Art Monk, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippett and Gary Zimmerman. The telecast – which will re-air Saturday night at 11 p.m. on ESPN Classic – will review each inductee’s career with speeches from the inductees and their presenters.

Correspondent Bob Holtzman will also provide reports for SportsCenter and other ESPN programs throughout the Hall of Fame weekend, including coverage of Sunday’s Redskins-Colts game.
Obviously as a Skins fan, it's going to be a great day for me, but when you add in the game the next night it's just an awesome weekend of all things Football. I should be around most of the weekend with vids if you want to stop by. Football is here people....let us rejoice!



Berman has been the emcee for this for a while, no? And, I believe the ceremony is on Saturday.

Anonymous said...
Jul 31, 2008, 2:59:00 PM  

the nfl network also has it and they do a good job of not showing fatty von blubberstein.


-dan said...
Jul 31, 2008, 3:27:00 PM  

AA, I believe that you meant to say:

We even get Chris Berman back, back, back as host!

GMoney said...
Jul 31, 2008, 4:03:00 PM  

I was watching ESPN the other day and one of the baseball commercials was celebrating the wonderment of the game, the history and majesty and pageantry...

And then they played a bunch of calls over images of Joe Morgan, Kirk Gibson, etc...

And what do I hear in the background after Jack Buck's famous call but BACK BACK BACK...

Now, how in the fuck does that jackass' home run derby call get included there? I thought Berman was not a gregarious self-promoter, just a guy with a lunchpail going to work not butting in and forcing his presence on everything...

During the HoF ceremony a few years ago, Berman was in every single shot of every acceptance speech, with this tough grimace and hardass sunglasses.

What a goddamn douchebag.

hollywood wags said...
Jul 31, 2008, 4:12:00 PM  

wags - I think that was a Budweiser commercial, with noted disinterested-in-baseball douche Joe Buck doing the voiceover.

Anonymous said...
Jul 31, 2008, 5:00:00 PM  

@Hollywood Wags--

You sure it was Berman's "Back, back, back"? Berman is only ripping that off from legendary baseball announcer Red Barber, who invented that phrase decades ago.
(To be fair, Berman would probably argue he's doing a homage-just like Berman's "he could go all the way" was first made famous by Howard Cosell.)

Eric said...
Jul 31, 2008, 5:50:00 PM  


If it was after Jack Buck's call, it was probably Berman's call of Cal Ripken's home run the day he broke Gehrig's streak. I need to see the commercial, though.

Jul 31, 2008, 6:15:00 PM  

I'm glad ESPN Classic is reairing it. Now, I can watch Saskatchewan and Calgary @ 6:00 p.m., and then flip it over to ESPN Classic. Good times. It's nice to have another Bronco in the HOF, as well. Assuredly, Shannon Sharpe and Rod Smith will join John Elway and Gary Zimmerman within the next few years. Nice job 'Skins. I really liked watching both Darrell Green and Art Monk.

Anonymous said...
Aug 1, 2008, 1:36:00 PM  

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