Seeing as how ESPN turned the entire internet against them last night for their insane suspension of college football writer Bruce Feldman, it’s only appropriate that two ESPNers go head to head today in the Joe Morgan Memorial. Mark May continues to beat the drum against his hated Buckeyes at all costs (check the bizarre video here) while Chris Berman is in back, back, back, back withdraw from announcing the Home Run Derby this week. Only one Bristolite will advance to the last eight and send the other back, back, back… ok, I’ll stop. #FreeBruce
Mark May vs Chris Berman
Fact File: ESPN college football game and studio analyst
Why He’s Here: Mark May is persona non grata in Big Ten country, especially with Ohio State fans as his bizarre feud with the Buckeyes led to “Mark May sucks” chants at the Sugar Bowl. May’s analysis and teams that he dislikes or criticizes seems to be completely random and changes every 8 minutes. May must like playing the villain role because his analysis often takes an antagonistic, critical role. Therefore, it’s not just Buckeye fans that don’t take a liking to him, but rather most all college football fans. If he offered good analysis, this might be more acceptable.
Round 1 Result: Defeated Dave Lapham 65.07% – 34.93%
Fact File: Host of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Home Run Derby, and golf’s US Open, occasional SportsCenter anchor and baseball play by play man
Why He’s Here: How much time do we have? Chris Berman has been synonymous with ESPN for over 30 years, but his schtick of nicknames, bad jokes, and bellowing humor has grown old. His protection of the NFL and the stars of the league leave his journalistic bite at zero. The #1 best selling ESPN book painted him as a man drastically out of touch with the modern day world, and it shows.
Round 1 Result: Defeated Erik Kuselias 76.83% – 23.17%
Chris Berman defeated Mark May 70.09% – 29.91%