#TBT Sports Blog: ESPN’s Chris Berman

ESPN Announcer Chris BermanToday’s #TBT sports blog remembers one of the sports world’s all-time favorite talking heads – ESPN’s Chris Berman.

Berman may have only retired a year ago, but for many of us it seems like decades since he’s no longer a regular on ESPN telecasts.

Plus, you don’t need to be a swami to predict this ESPN legend’s inclusion in my sports comic book Favorite Sportscasters.

Check out this excerpt about one of the most revered talking heads in sports.

 

…..Synonymous with the ESPN brand, Chris Berman started with the then fledgling network way “back…back…back” in 1979.

He appeared on camera just one month after the cable sports giant officially launched on air.

And, then, “Whoop!” His career was “gone” and quickly transported into the national spotlight.

Since then, no one ever questioned whether Berman “could…go…all…the…way” to stardom in the ESPN television studio.

Confident, witty and fun, the exuberant Berman with the booming voice – hence the nickname Boomer – became a trusted household name in sports reporting.

Sports fans were immediately addicted listening to the large (6’5”) sportscaster reporting on sports with a style unlike any other.

During the next 30 years, his format evolved into the standard that viewers watched every evening around dinner time.

Who hasn’t been smitten by the intoxicating sound of “da da dunt, da da dunt” that preceded Berman behind the desk?

Chris Berman Anchored ESPN’s Iconic Sports Center

ESPN exploited Berman’s magnetic and magnanimous television appeal. The network appointed Berman anchor of its now iconic Sports Center show. He’s also regularly hosted Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, US Open Golf and Stanley Cup Final shows. Plus, he’s covered 30 Super Bowls and hosted ESPN NFL shows for 28 years.

Berman’s studio brilliance has earned him ten Sports Emmy Awards and six NSSA Sportscaster-of-the Year Awards. He’s also become a beloved broadcaster in US sports and entertainment culture.

Although he’s not an actor by trade, Berman boasts his very own entertainment star. In 2010, he received the rarefied symbol of celebrity on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The full-time television celebrity and part-time entertainment personality has eclipsed the bright ESPN cameras. He’s also appeared on stage with Huey Lewis and the News twelve times and has graced Hollywood movies eleven times.

Berman’s most popular films include Necessary Roughness in 1991, The Waterboy in 1998, The Longest Yard remake in 2011 and Grown Ups II in 2013.

All films aside, Berman’s best entertaining remains in the broadcast booth or in an ESPN studio.

Chris Berman Became Known for His Clever Nicknames

Here, the talented talking head on sports may be best known for his litany of clever nicknames. These may be Berman’s most notable monikers: Bert Be Home Blyleven, Curtis My Favorite Martin and Roberto The Alomar.

In 2010, ESPN signed Berman to an undisclosed contract extension. In exchange, Berman pledged his loyalty to the network by indicating he could never work with another media company.

In typical Berman catch-phrase fashion, the iconic anchor quipped about wanting to be a like Tony Gwynn, George Brett, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Walter Payton.

For this broadcast legend, retiring with the team he originally came in with would be the greatest honor.

With that said, what rumblin’, dumblin’, stumblin’ sports fan would ever doubt him?

That’s why ESPN’s Chris Berman is an easy choice at #6 in Favorite Sportscasters.

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