For the third straight year, Chris Berman will call the second game of the Monday Night Football opening week doubleheader, the Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, CA.
Berman’s partner will once again be Trent Dilfer who will be in his fourth year as analyst on the opening week MNF doubleheader. Lindsay Czarniak will be on the sidelines for the game.
Of course, this is the only game that Berman will call all season so his inexperience has risen a few times including last year when he was in mid-thought on a punt block. In addition, his calling the game always brings up the vitriol on Twitter.
However, ESPN will put Berman on the game once again despite the fact that it has more experienced play-by-play men and women in its stable. ESPN has had Mike & Mike and Brad Nessler call the late night doubleheader game in the past. But it appears that Berman will remain on the game for the foreseeable future. We’ll let you decide whether that’s a good for America.
In the meantime, ESPN prepares for its 17-game MNF schedule which will have Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters calling all but that late night Week One game and one Wild Card playoff game plus the Pro Bowl.