If the instantly viral awkwardness of Sergio Dipp were created to distract from the anticipated Rex Ryan debut, ESPN outdid itself.
It didn't go well as he stumbled through "diversity in his background" and "having the time of his life" phrases.
In-game sideline reports are usually about the most meaningless part of an entire broadcast but Sergio Dipp has come out of nowhere and absolutely changed the game. The regular "Monday Night Football" broadcast team of announcers Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters covered the first game. Dipp was a little nervous. This night, making his coaching debut. What pride that you let me be your friend.
It's hard not to feel bad for the guy. I was starting my elementary school September 11, 2001, in Calexico, California, born in Mexicali, Baja California, but growing up in the American environment as a minority, a minority like head coaches Vance Joseph [of the Broncos] and Anthony Lynn [of the Chargers]. He tweeted later, after the whole thing was all over, seemingly taking it in stride.
It's obvious that he was not ready for prime time.
And ESPN play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins became the first woman to call an NFL game in 30 yeas and the first to do so to a national audience. But Rex Ryan clearly doesn't understand offense-or how to communicate without swearing.
Dipp, who caught wind of the reactions and the criticism, quickly uploaded a video offering a honest apology for his fumble and pleaded for a second chance from viewers.