GOLF FANS REJOICE
Rejoice golf fans–Chris Berman will not be part of ESPN’s coverage of the Masters. Phil Mushnick from the NY Post:
“With the Masters just three weeks away, e-mails, once expressing mere anguish, have begun to arrive carrying vague “goodbye-cruel-world” threats. The imagined sounds of Berman on the telecasts – “K.J. Choi To The World, for par” – have made people tense as a mousetrap.
Berman will have nothing to do with this year’s Masters telecasts, no presence whatsoever. There’s not even a pro-am for ESPN to show him clowning in. Mike Tirico will be the only ESPN person seen through the network’s Thursday and Friday, 4-7 p.m. window. And Tirico is assigned to conduct interviews from Butler Cabin.”
This is interesting because Berman is supposedly the number one personality at ESPN. That he’s not part of the coverage leads one to believe that perhaps there is indeed a sea change occurring in Bristol. Mushnick again: “That Berman will be nowhere in sight for ESPN’s first Masters doesn’t rhyme with ESPN’s usual big-game scheme. It’s not the kind of event one misses because it’s bowling night.”
I don’t know of many sports fans that haven’t tired of Berman over the years. I can still handle him during the NFL season and maybe some baseball, but I am certainly glad he won’t be overpowering the Masters.