I don't get
the Chris Berman
hatred ~ I really don't.
Mind you: I stopped watching the preGames years
ago. They stopped being fun at some point, and I honestly can't say why
. I have this vague sense that they've become far less focused on the meaty FootBall
aspect of things, and far more focused on peripheral gossipy
things...But I can't say for sure, because the change has been so gradual, and I can no longer remember the details of those CountDown shows and PrimeTime shows in the 90's that I used to look forward to as much as the games, themselves.
But at some point, several years ago, it suddenly dawned on me: I was no longer enjoying
the pregame show...and hadn't been, for a few years
, now. I'd just kept watching because it was an habit.
I guess it's sort of like waking up one day and realizing you hate your wife!!
But that doesn't mean that Chris Berman isn't a great
Some people find'm obnoxious. I get that.
Me, I've always loved his combination of deep, substantial knowledge of the game, his appreciation and knowledge of its History...and the absolutely boyish joy
he took in it!! Infectious!!
And I find him thousands
of times more engaging than most of the clowns they stick mikes in front of.
But...each to their own.