ESPN personnel are notoriously restricted from appearing on rival radio shows, particularly The Dan Patrick Show. It's as rare as seeing Ray Lewis give a no comment. In fact, ESPNers usually only appear on Patrick's show once they leave the Bristol City Limits. (Erin Andrews, Michelle Beadle, Doug Gottlieb, etc.) That's why one of the most surprising interviews of Super Bowl week was ESPN mainstay Chris Berman (one of the few untouchable folks in Bristol) breaking ranks to sit down with Patrick.
Berman is a surprisingly interesting and compelling interview. It's fascinating to see him without the schtick dialed up to 15 and talk like a real person and not a caricature. It's a wide ranging interview that talks Berman and Patrick's history at ESPN, how ESPN has evolved, and Berman's career. Dare I say if this Chris Berman appeared more regularly on ESPN airwaves instead of the rumbling, bumbling "Boomer" it'd be a refreshing change.
Interesting, I will have to have a listen when I get a chance later. From listening to Patrick, though he has never quite come out and said it, it is apparent he wasn't/isn't a fan of Bermans and wasn't very close to him. I distest Berman and think he lost relevance around 1994, but it should be interesting to hear him stepping outside that character.
One of the most interesting - especially from a 'historic perspective' - I've heard during all of Super Bowl Week