sergio dipp

During the first quarter of the Monday Night Football game between the Broncos and Chargers, ESPN called on a sideline reporter named Sergio Dipp to deliver a stand-up about Denver coach Vance Joseph.

Dipp’s primary gig is with ESPN Deportes, which was being simulcast on ESPN2 on Monday, and most of his experience comes in Spanish-language broadcasting. So we can probably forgive him for the fact that his report was… well, it wasn’t the best.

It’s hard to tell how much of Dipp’s performance was nerves, how much was the language and how much was just a guy having a bad day. Regardless, there’s nothing people on the internet love more than watching others mess up on TV, so Dipp quickly became somewhat of a social-media sensation.

One popular comparison was the college newscaster who made, “Boom goes the dynamite” an eternal meme.

Amid all the (mostly light-hearted) criticism of Dipp’s performance, plenty of people came to the reporter’s defense, pointing out that he was speaking on national television to millions of viewers in his second language.

Dipp, to his credit, seems to have taken the whole thing in stride.

Dipp is not the first bilingual reporter to have a difficult go of it on Monday Night Football. Previously, it has been John Sutcliffe who has taken an online beating for his stand-ups, as ESPN has attempted to promote ESPN Deportes on its main English-language broadcasts.

In the future, ESPN might want to ensure that its Deportes reporters are fully prepared for their English-language cameos before throwing them out there in front of live cameras, to avoid another situation like the one Dipp experienced Monday. Then again, Dipp looked to be having a blast out there and seems unperturbed by any of the response he’s getting. So maybe he doesn’t need us feeling sorry for him after all.

About Alex Putterman

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  • Jason

    You are telling me that they couldn’t hire anyone who spoke English for this?!?? I don’t see espn deportes hiring me to do the spanish broadcast!!!

    • Deon Hamner

      Trying to save money pal.. Hell who cares about a sideline reporter. He got his 15 mins of fame. Won’t even remember his name in a month….

  • Mystery Babylonian

    …this is WHY you hire someone who’s first language is english! ESPN is circling the drain and it makes me happy. Herpaderp

  • Trump Smash

    So basically they made a diversity hire over a qualified hire and it backfired on them spectacularly? Sounds like any other day of the week at ESPN.

  • Jeff Dudash

    “Then again, Dipp … seems unperturbed by any of the response he’s getting.”

    Is the response predominantly in English? Because based on that clip, it’s possible he doesn’t realize what people are saying about him.

  • Shawn Rychling

    This is why ESPN, and broadcasts of most games, are best watched with use of the mute button

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  • markvidpa

    Look at the video he did from his hotel room after the game. Some rambling nonsense about 9/11 and being an immigrant from Mexico.
    Stop playing victim. You had your shot, you completely froze.

  • Jon

    The second game of ESPN’s season opening Monday night football coverage has traditionally been where they drop in people they’re trying to hype from other parts of the network — Berman’s done turns at play-by-play and they’ve dropped Mike & Mike in there as well. So it’s pretty much been ESPN’s Bad Announcing Bowl for years, and Sergio’s just the latest train wreck.

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