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Bronco Rob
06-04-2009, 04:25 PM
Overrated, underrated studio hosts

By Dan Parr
June 4, 2009

Third in a series of overrated/underrated commentaries

Question: Which studio host for an NFL television program is most overrated? Who is most underrated?

Overrated: Chris Berman

Berman’s bombastic act is getting old. I’m not impressed or entertained with the overdone nicknaming or loud self-made sound effects (e.g., “whoop!”), and I think many others have already tired of his style. Yet, some people must like it. Why else would ESPN continue to trot him out as the host of their Sunday- and Monday-night studio coverage? He’s been at this for a long time. So long, in fact, that his voice is synonymous with NFL highlight reels. The “Swami,” as he’s dubbed himself, is an institution. Berman allows his large personality to rule a broadcast, often at the expense of insightful commentary from the panel of analysts he’s often joined on set by. It would be much more tolerable if Berman consistently kept us laughing with clever witticisms, but he just doesn’t. Instead, the humor comes off as forced, making it difficult to enjoy his broadcasts.

Underrated: Curt Menefee

He has an unenviable and, for the most part, thankless task, but Menefee handles the role of referee on Fox’s hour-long pregame show well. While Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, and the newest member of the panel, Michael Strahan, show a natural inclination toward laughing it up, throwing barbs at one another and veering off subject, it’s up to Menefee to reel them in and keep their focus on the topic at hand. He does so pretty well, given the circumstances. With a slew of characters surrounding him, Menefee is a minimalist — you barely notice him, and that’s just the way he wants it. Naturally, that low-key style won’t make him the most popular person in his profession, and that’s too bad because Menefee, who has only been at his current job for a few seasons, is already one of the best at it.


✡✡ JOSHUA ✡✡
06-04-2009, 05:41 PM
Berman is Jewish!!! HOORAY!!


06-04-2009, 07:19 PM
I loathe berman, what a bloated self parody he has become.

06-05-2009, 12:02 AM
Berman is Jewish!!! HOORAY!!


Are you Jewish?

06-05-2009, 12:04 AM
Is this 1995 all over again? Hootie is playing at the Hollywood Bowl tonight man..