Originally written on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 11/17/14
You know the drill by now. ESPN forces Chris Berman into a broadcast booth like an elephant into a thimble and everyone on Twitter loses their minds.  In all honesty, Berman isn't *that bad* as a football announcer - it's actually better than his cliched Home Run Derby work or having him announce the US Open.  Nevertheless, many fans reject Berman's television persona as a play by play announcer simply on its merits.  It could be his decades old schtick, no cultural references from after 1987, the fact that he's passing over dozens of more deserving announcers, or the cut of his jib.  Whatever the case, whenever Chris Berman hits the broadcast booth it's not going to be a good night for ESPN on social media. As always, these are Real Tweets from Real People... Tried muting the game, but even Chris Berman's subtitles were yelling at me. — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 10, 2013 "I KNOW YOUR PLANS SHOULD INCLUDE ME STAY AWAKE WE GOT GOOD FOOTBALL" was that a threat? did Chris Berman just threaten me? — Lana Berry (@Lana) September 10, 2013 Chris Berman and Ron Burgundy now have equally cogent monologues about the city of San Diego's good points. — Caitlin Kelly (@atotalmonet) September 10, 2013 Chris Berman is yelling about time zones and suddenly all human achievement seems meaningless. — sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) September 10, 2013 WHY THE HELL IS THERE A GARBAGE TRUCK MAKING SO MUCH NOISE OUTSIDE MY WINDOW AT THIS HOUR forget it, that's Chris Berman — Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) September 10, 2013 Not much sleep.. Had horrible nightmare that Chris Berman was doing the play by play of my meal at Applebee's. — Matt Thomas (@SportsMT) September 10, 2013 The Guide to Play-by-Play Commentary by Chris Berman: 25 minutes of Z's, followed by 4 minutes of shouting. And repeat. — Randy Holt (@RandallPnkFloyd) September 10, 2013 Berman's gotta stop using "Who else?" and "Take a guess!" as phrases in play by play. — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 10, 2013 So Berman has only two speeds on commentary: Shriekingly awful and dreadfully boring. — Jeb Lund (@Mobute) September 10, 2013 "Danny 'Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog' Woodhead with the reception from Philip 'Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog' Rivers. /Wet explosion sound." - Berman — David Roth (@david_j_roth) September 10, 2013
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