From the first female NFL broadcaster, to Sergio Dipp’s memorable sideline reporting debut, ESPN’s broadcast of the first Broncos game featured a bunch of firsts and caused a real ruckus on social media.
It was definitely a night of firsts, as ESPN sideline reporter Sergio Dipp so “adeptly” pointed out in a fumbling sideline report that later went viral.
First of all, the season-opening match-up between the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers featured the first time that two African-American head coaches (Vance Joseph from the Broncos, and Anthony Lynn from the Chargers) made their head-coaching debut in the same game.
On the broadcasting side of things, Beth Mowins became the first female in 30 years to serve as the play-by-play announcer in an NFL regular-season game.
And at Mowins’ side, former NFL head coach Rex Ryan (previously of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills) began his broadcast career, offering color commentary for the first time ever.
And then there was the beloved Sergio Dipp, himself, who endeared us from the first moment we met his deer-in-headlights stare in what was arguably the most memorable of all the broadcast’s “firsts.” The 29-year-old sideline reporter seriously stole the show with his first Monday Night Football report:
Beth, Coach, it’s a pleasure to be with you guys, here on the field, from up close, just watching Coach Vance Joseph from here,” Dipp seemed to stumble over his words, his excitement and intensity mounting. “You watch him now on the screen. His diversity and his background is helping him a lot tonight. Quarterback at Colorado, defensive back in the NFL, and here he is, having the time of his life, this night making his head coaching debut.”
But the internet wanted more. (Sergio is very obviously the reporter the world needs).
Poor Sergio. Twitter gave him a really hard time. But in reality, they just wanted to hear more from him. For reals.
Since 2013, Dipp has worked as a reporter with Spanish-language ESPN Deportes, and the switch to reporting in English was clearly an awkward transition for him. To everyone’s disappointment, ESPN never did return to their sideline reporter, most likely after they were clued in to the barrage that was happening on Twitter.
Thankfully, he took all the criticism and poking fun in stride, posting an adorable tweet last night …
… and a great response video on his Twitter feed this morning, in which he said he hopes to get a second chance.
We love you, Sergio! We find your raw excitement and passion in the industry to be a wonderful breath of fresh air. We wish you good luck in the future! I repeat: You are the reporter the world needs.
And congrats to all the new coaches and broadcasters for taking the next steps in following their dreams! What an exciting time.