It’s become a staple of Week 1 coverage of the NFL. The league schedules two Monday Night Football matchups to take advantage of football fervor and then shoehorns Chris Berman into the announcing booth for the West Coast kick.
The Bristol staple has earned a certain amount of influence within the company, so he’s allowed, within reason, to insert himself into premier live event coverage. However, the Internet almost never reacts kindly.
So on Monday night, as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Los Angeles Rams 28-0 in a brutal contest, it came as no surprise that Twitter was abuzz with Berman. And it started with Sports Illustrated media columnist Richard Deitsch, who is always a vocal critic of ESPN personnel decisions.
Chris Berman calling the Niners-Rams tonight isn't about merit or you the viewer. It's an example of institutional hubris.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) September 13, 2016
However, while Deitsch’s observations were about analysis, the majority of Berman-related tweets weren’t nearly as level-headed in their criticism.
Chris Berman will handle this national anthem issue with the care and sensitivity he's well known for.
— Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) September 13, 2016
Chris Berman shows he's down with the kids by quoting a 33-year-old song by the Police.
— Bart Hubbuch (@BartHubbuch) September 13, 2016
This game deserves Chris Berman
— Joe Roderick (@JoeRoderick) September 13, 2016
Did I just hear a "tick… tick tick tickkkkk!" at the 7 min mark of the 4th by Boomer?! I have Chris Berman BINGO!
— Damon Amendolara (@DAonCBS) September 13, 2016
Ultimately, if you don’t like Chris Berman, you almost certainly didn’t like his performance on Monday. If you do, you were probably okay with it, though the quality of the contest itself almost surely sucked some of the life out of the broadcast.
And if you’re Deadspin, you make light of it all by doing this.
Good evening. pic.twitter.com/C0VJlpoqaC
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) September 13, 2016