Most believe that last night’s MNF doubleheader was Chris Berman’s last, with his contract winding down at ESPN and the network’s preference to reduce his presence to a more limited emeritus role. Berman calling the second part of the MNF doubleheader has become somewhat of a institution on this site. One follower even said it was our Christmas.

With that in mind, we have mixed emotions, as this could be our last time watching a guy (who is most certainly NOT one of ESPN’s top 10 football announcers) call a high profile NFL game. To some degree, I was content maybe focusing more on other aspects of tonight’s MNF debut, like Sean McDonough and the new on field team, but Berman was in rare form.

Leading off was a punt description that lit up our mentions.

Yes, that’s not the end of the world, but when you’re Berman and it’s MNF, it’s going to stick out a bit more than normal.

Things didn’t get any better, as a few minutes later, a commercial break ended with Berman than saying on air “Oh, I read this?!?!!”, as he wasn’t clear who was supposed to read the sponsored messages.

Berman had a pretty rough time going in and out of commercial breaks all night, although some of that may have been on the production truck. A few times, they went to commercial before the officials gave an explanation, which didn’t go unnoticed.

I actually took the video of the more egregious one of these coming back from break and sadly, for the first time I can recall, our clip making software failed. Without any intended embellishment, after a commercial there was about 3-5 seconds of black screen followed by a wide shot of the field for about 5-15 seconds. During this time, nobody said anything and then Berman broke the silence by saying “Do you understand what’s going on here?” It was a really poor 20 seconds and my heart aches that I don’t have the clip to share with you.

And then there was this where Berman addressed the national anthem controversy but said it was Blaine Gabbert who kneeled for the anthem. Yikes.

It’s not all bad though. There were some fun moments along the way, but being honest, the game was such a stinker and Berman had so many flubs, it would be hard to find many folks who thought he did a good job.

While Berman didn’t go over well (again), there is some hope that Berman utilized in a more limited role would remove the assignments which he’s struggled the most with (golf and MNF in particular) and perhaps allow him shine in areas where his unique style seems to have a broader appeal.

Who would call this game next year if Berman does indeed wind down. Chris Fowler? Brent Musburger? Joe Tessitore? Listing off those names makes you realize how ridiculous it is that Berman and ESPN go through this exercise annually.

Kidding aside, we wish Berman a soft landing given his prominence to ESPN and the NFL and even had a suggestion on what could be a good fit.

About Ben Koo

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