NFL Week 2 in the L.A. TV market: Will we ever see Sergio Dipp again?

Illustration by Jim Thompson

There are no more plans for either the Rams or Chargers to make an ESPN Monday Night Football. Nor should there really.
That said, we’re wondering if we’ll ever be compelled to watch a MNF game again if it doesn’t include Sergio Dipp.
There really shouldn’t be any other incentive.
Since he was included in the Chargers-Broncos MNF contest for Week 1, and made one memorable appearance from the sidelines as part of the Beth Mowins-Rex Ryan broadcast team, we marked at moment by sending out a Tweet:

We also found this and added to the discussion:

That was rather tame compared to what followed (warning: people being mean can also be funny … even if he shouldn’t have been the target of the punchlines):

Dipp eventually replied with this:

Then this:

And, the next day, this:

Let’s translate: ESPN was at fault for putting him out there in the first place. This is all on them. Nothing Bob Ley could say to smooth things over should distract from that point:

There does not seem to be any plans for Dipp to replace Lisa Salters for MNF Week 2 — nor should there be, even if people like a good comeback story.
The lesson here is ESPN has to do its due diligence. It was irresponsible for them to put him on the air, no matter how much or little he has mastered English. If this was a broadcast celebrating barriers broken with Mowins, it could forever be remembered as a moment in TV sports when someone was definitely not ready and put into a position to fail, no matter what the affirmative action intent was behind it was.

What else we have to look forward to with our first L.A.-two-team-at-home distressing situation:

NFL Week 2:
= Houston at Cincinnati, NFL Network, 5:25 p.m. (Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox)
= Washington at Rams, Channel 11, 1:05 p.m. (Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman), instead of the Fox afternoon headliner of Dallas-Denver (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman). Fox also has San Francisco-Seattle (Sam Rosen, David Diehl) in the PM.
= Miami at Chargers, Channel 2, 1:25 p.m. (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green). CBS has only one game to show this weekend, and we are stuck here. No early broadcast window, which includes New England-New Orleans (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo), Buffalo-Carolina (Kevin Harlan-Rich Gannon), Tennessee-Jacksonville (Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta) or Cleveland-Baltimore (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Steve Tasker). CBS also has one more afternoon game, N.Y. Jets-Oakland (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, the team we were hoping would be on the Chargers’ home opener).
= Philadelphia at Kansas City, Channel 11, 10 a.m. (Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis). As Fox has two games, L.A. won’t see in the early window Minnesota-Pittsburgh (Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber), Arizona-Indianapolis (Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston) or Chicago-Tampa Bay (Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth)
= Green Bay at Atlanta, Channel 4, 5:20 p.m. (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
= Detroit at N.Y. Giants, ESPN, 5:20 p.m. (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)

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