Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A first for Chris Berman in Oakland
By Bill Williamson
The AFC West is going to be the center of some special ESPN history.
Chris Berman has been tabbed as the play-by-play announcer for the Sept. 10 Chargers-Raiders game.
The network announced Wednesday that hall of fame announcer Chris Berman will handle the play-by-play duties during the Chargers-Raiders game on Sept. 10 in Oakland. It is the second of a Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader.
It will be the first time Berman ever calls a regular-season NFL game.
Berman is the face of ESPN’s NFL coverage. This season will be the 28th season the man they call Boomer will host "Sunday NFL Countdown." He also has hosted the network’s draft and Super Bowl week coverage and he continues to emcee the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s annual enshrinement ceremony every summer.
Yet, his will be his first time in the booth to call a game. Berman will be in good company as highly-regarded ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer will join him. The pair will warm up by calling Arizona Cardinals-Tennessee Titans MNF preseason game on Aug. 23.
The San Diego-Oakland game is one of the most anticipated games on the AFC West schedule. Now, it has gotten even more interesting.