The sights and sounds of Chris Berman will continue on ESPN for another few years, bringing the best and worst of what that means to the popular network.
ESPN issued a press release on Friday, signaling the continuation of a face and unmistakable voice that have been with the network since its inception:
Six-time National Sportscaster of the Year Chris Berman, who joined ESPN in October 1979 – less than a month after the network launched – has signed a new multi-year extension to remain with ESPN. One of the preeminent sports commentators of his generation, Berman will continue as the leading voice and face of ESPN’s National Football League studio coverage as host of Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and Monday Night Football halftime, NFL highlight segments on SportsCenter and the NFL Draft. He will also continue to host the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby and ESPN’s U.S. Open golf coverage.
Berman’s extension will officially begin in 2013. At the conclusion of his new deal, Berman will have worked for ESPN for nearly 40 years.
If you are a huge fan of a big man yelling "whoop" at the end of a dynamic touchdown run, or the word "back" being repeated incessantly as Jose Bautista clubs another homer, I suggest you crack an adult beverage and celebrate.
But please, do it inside your house so the rest of us don't have to deal with you.
I may give the man a hard time, but this is a good deal to keep one of the original ESPN personalities with the network. At least, that's as much emotional warm and fuzzies I can lend to this news.
Berman is an ESPN staple, one that may be fighting to stay relevant, but an OG nonetheless.
Everyone knows that couple who would make life so much sweeter if they just decided to break up. They might be too cute, awkward or fight anytime they are together.
For me, that relationship is ESPN and Berman. Boomer just needs a change of scenery to renew his shtick and perhaps tread new ground.
The man is an original, never to be duplicated. It's just, there is some bad that comes with that sentiment as well.
The voice that was once so lovely in its gravely nature has become grating. The catchphrases that were cute a couple of decades ago have become a little tiresome. OK, a ton tiresome.
Imagine if we had to listen to the chorus of "Ice, Ice Baby" at least 20 times a week during football season.
Happy birthday to ESPN and congratulations to a legend, Chris Berman. Like the pounds I gained in college that just won't go away, I accept you for being with me for the long haul.
There is something comforting in that.
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