It's a yearly tradition. Chris Berman announcing golf's US Open. It's a bizarre situation because ESPN knows they're going to get crushed year after year, and yet they persist in what may be the single most decried announcing assignment of the year. Putting Chris Berman on US Open coverage is like putting Gary Busey on PBS NewsHour, it just shouldn't be done. In terms of the reaction from fans, it'd be akin to putting Craig James on a Texas Tech telecast.
And yet, every June, ESPN places Chris Berman on its Thursday and Friday coverage of the US Open. Every June, golf fans around the country erupt in protest. Every June, we round up tweets from those golf fans.
As always these are Real Tweets from Real People...
So glad ESPN stuck with Chris Berman with the US Open. Best in the business, and only getting better with age. I've been drinking.— edsbs (@edsbs) June 14, 2013
With golf on, we get Chris Berman. With golf off, we get Stephen A. Smith. I'm torn, people. Torn.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) June 13, 2013
Seriously, do we really have to listen to Chris Berman announce golf at us open? Who made that awful decision???— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) June 14, 2013
Chris Berman and golf go together like peanut butter and . . . mayonnaise.— WagerMinds (@WagerMinds) June 14, 2013
So Chris Berman asked Roger Maltbie if he'd ever [intentionally] belly-d a wedge. Give Maltbie credit for not laughing out loud.— Rob Sauerhaft (@RobSauerhaft) June 15, 2013
If you like getting screamed at for six hours straight then Chris Berman's U.S. Open coverage has been fantastic so far.— Mark Wierzbicki (@MarkWierzbicki) June 15, 2013
I'd like to win the lottery, then buy a golf course, then attract the US Open, so I can tell Chris Berman he isn't allowed on my property.— Kyle Veazey (@kyleveazey) June 15, 2013
Chris Berman: "Watch Confederation's Cup on ESPN, you know the Article of Confederation preceded the Constitution..." Berman makes me laugh.— Josh Ling (@JoshLing10) June 14, 2013
"Some days you're the Louisville Slugger, and some days you're the ball" -Chris Berman @awfulannouncing— Lindsey Foltin (@LindseyBaseball) June 14, 2013
Chris Berman is doing for the U.S. Open what Jar Jar Binks did for Star Wars. Thanks ESPN.— Bill Bowman (@BillBowman1) June 14, 2013
Chris Berman, STOP CALLING IT HAPPY HOUR GOLF, OK??!— Andrew Stephens (@AGK_Stephens) June 14, 2013
Chris Berman commentating The US Open is like Dennis Rodman and Amanda Bynes co-Curating The Louve.— Chris Donelan (@chrisdonelan13) June 14, 2013
I'd rather listen to Gilbert Gottfried calling a tennis match than Chris Berman calling a golf tournament.— Steve Edwardo (@SteveEdwardo) June 14, 2013
Berman is just another in a long line of TV sports announcers who think people tune in to hear them talk about the event. ... And, someone needs to tell him to quit trying to channel John Facenda every time he talks about the Packers and the "Frozen Tundra."
Too many "happy hour" drinks while doing play by play.
@Kevin Weaks Frozen Tundra is repetitive. It wouldn't be tundra unless it's frozen. Also, the Packers installed a coiled, heating system under their field years ago. So, technically, the ground hasn't been frozen there for over 25 years.
It's too bad someone at the research dept. hasn't made him aware of this. Oh, I forgot, they were fired so they could hire younger people to follow twitter accounts of athletes and viewers.
That's okay, Chris. Keep telling us that. There's nothing like a tired cliche poached off a legendary announcer that keeps the suits happy at the WWFT.