When broadcaster bombs at football game, Twitter blows up

If you feel a little bad for what the online world did to Sergio Dipp last night, there’s hope for you. If you don’t, a heart transplant probably won’t help.

Dipp, a 29-year old broadcaster, worked the sideline during last night’s Vikings – Saints Broncos-Chargers game at Denver and when he did this segment, it was open season on the guy.

He bombed.

Football fans smelled blood in the water and let him have it online.

From his hotel room, Dipp took in all the social media and responded with a heartfelt essay that should make people feel a foot tall.

One broadcasting consultant is having none of it:

Screwing up happens sometimes. It’s part of life. But this immediate call for people to ‘lighten up’ or ‘leave him alone’ when things go poorly is ridiculous. Many jobs get scrutinized on a daily basis because they’re high profile and pressure packed. We verbally destroy athletes for not delivering in the clutch, comedians for telling a bad joke and politicians for butchering a speech and in each situation those people are human beings too. If you can’t handle the heat, don’t step foot in the kitchen.

ESPN pulled him from the broadcast and Dipp says he wants a second chance. Should it happen, it would constitute the greatest comeback in the history of sports.

(h/t: Paul Tosto)

  • A-man

    It was in Denver for the Broncos/Chargers game, not in Minneapolis.

  • MCH

    I didn’t think his babble was that much worse than most of the sport broadcasters who ramble on about nothing in most sports broadcasts. Give me Herb Carneal who knew to just sit back and let us listen to the crowd noise.

    • RBHolb

      When I lived near the Canadian border, I used to watch the Blue Jays on the CBC. It only took a few minutes to notice the very welcome absence of chatter from the commentators (“You can tell he wasn’t happy with that call!”).

      • It used to be that the radio was full of the chatter because it needed to paint the picture, and TV was remarkably sedate and understated. Now they’re basically doing radio PBP on TV. The problem with radio people is the abhor any silence and rush to fill it.

  • Kassie

    Also, when the broadcaster is female, twitter blows up. Lots of sexist comment on twitter last night about Beth Mowins, and a bunch of really positive ones too.

    • Same thing on Sunday nights with the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. I think she’s good, but with three people in the booth, they need to shut up once in awhile. It’s a baseball game, not a NASCAR race.

      • Bob Sinclair

        And sometimes they need to shut up at the races as well.

  • Mark_in_TX

    I liked Sergio Dipp. Refreshing. I hope he continues on with ESPN and MNF.

  • He can always watch the infamous “Boom Goes the Dynamite” clip to feel better about himself.


    • That poor guy. I wonder what he’s doing now. I don’t know anyone in the broadcasting business who would want anyone to hear their first aircheck or video file.

  • X.A. Smith

    90% of sideline reports are meaningless filler, or are something that could just as well be said from the booth. Dipp’s report was quintessential in this respect. With an extra dollop of cringe.

  • Robert Johnson

    The later hotel room video missed the spot for the same reason that the on air rant did: most folks watch football for entertainment, not for some “larger statement’ about “diversity”. The only person who should feel small are those who worship diversity.

    • Let me guess: white guy?


      • Robert Johnson

        Okay…that’s not very responsive.

        Take it away….