Last week, Sports by Brooks reported scourge of the internet Chris Berman would step into the broadcast booth and announce a Monday Night Football game for the opening week of the season. Our reaction was less than enthused. Originally, ESPN chose not to comment. Today, ESPN finally confirmed the Brooks report with an announcement heralding Berman as a 6-time National Sportscaster of the Year.
Chris Berman will announce Chargers-Raiders on September 10th, which is the second game of the Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader. Trent Dilfer, who had called the game with professional play by play man Brad Nessler the last two seasons, will now partner Boomer in the booth. And, since Berman has never actually called an NFL game before, he'll call a preseason game with Dilfer as well - Cardinals-Titans on August 23rd. A double dose of Berman in the booth! That means twice as much material! Yes!
On an ESPN Front Row podcast, Berman said his inspirations for play by play were Ray Scott and Curt Gowdy. I don't think Berman was being ironic when talking about Scott as he said, "He did more with less words than anybody in the business." If there's anyone that is the antithesis of old-fashioned, straight play by play men like Scott, Gowdy, and Pat Summerall, it's Chris Berman. I don't think Ray Scott would ever say "THHHHHEEE RRRRRAAAAIIIIIDDDEERRRRS" during a game.