You might have heard that Sergio Dipp’s foray into sideline reporting on Monday Night Football didn’t go as well as he envisioned. He appeared nervous, and fumbled through non-sequator phrases that even the most lenient viewer would struggle to justifiable call “insight.”
It was tough to watch. No surprise, the internet jumped at the chance to tease and mock Dipp, and the footage of his flub instantly went viral.
Today on Outside the Lines, Bob Ley came to the defense of his colleague. Recalling an anecdote from his time covering the World Cup Qualifiers in which he was asked to do the report in Spanish, Ley says he had to stop the broadcast after 20-seconds and proceed in English. He says he has nothing but respect for Dipp and anyone in the sports world his is asked to intellectually discuss sports in a second language.
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) September 12, 2017
Dipp’s segment was tough to watch, there is no getting around it. If he is given another chance, which he will, he’ll be better. At the very least, he was still better than Joe Buck.