The San Francisco 49ers are still two weeks away from their preseason opener, but we already know who will be announcing their Week 1 regular season opener. The game is the second half of the Monday Night Football doubleheader, and will feature Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer in the booth, and Lindsay Czarniak on the sideline. This marks the third time Berman and Dilfer have been the B-squad for a Monday Night Football doubleheader.
I am planning on heading out to the Bay Area for this game, so thankfully I will not have to listen to Berman. I think Dilfer is a very knowledgable player, so there is value to him as a color analyst. Berman on the other hand seems to be getting these opportunities as more of a "thanks for the years" thing, than actually being helpful as a play-by-play man. Plenty of people still enjoy his jokes and bombastic manner, but I've reached a point where I generally try and avoid hearing him.
This opener marks the first of four nationally televised games. Their Week 15 Sunday Night Football contest is the only one that could potentially end up flexed back into a 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. kickoff time. It will all depend on how those two teams are playing in the weeks leading up to the matchup.
On a side note, here is my best Chris Berman story. I was at the 49ers final game at Candlestick Park. I was down on the field before the game and beginning to make my way back to head up to the press box. Berman was on location for the final game given his affinity for Candlestick and the 49ers.
As I was walking by their set on the sideline, he was doing some kind of pre-recorded segment. Steve Young was there as well, but not shooting that part of the segment. He was walking down in front of the set, and accidentally walked in front of the camera. They had to stop and restart. I thought Berman's head was going to explode. There are stories and this video of previous incidents in which Berman gets pissed off at people. Seeing it in person just added a little something I'll never forget!