Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports
Chris Berman was forced to apologize during Monday Night Countdown after a graphic reading "Roethlisberger 'Drink and Drunk'" was aired on the left-side preview of the show. The segment was entitled "Roethlisberger 'Dink and Dunk.'"
"We have to tell you this for sure, earlier in the show we had a graphic error in the rundown," he said. "We apologize for the mistake. Not sure how it happened. It won't happen again, we'll be back."
One typo is understandable, take it from a guy who had to quickly edit what was supposed to be a line about a "shirtless man" last week. Two typos in three words is suspicious. Two typos in three words that misspell the original phrase in order to become a coherent pun about the subject of the piece? Coincidental!
Berman's apology caught him some flak, mainly because he's Chris Berman and everything he does angers bloggers. The fact that he didn't specifically mention the offending words was evidently his sin. I'm no great fan of Berman, but this isn't his fault. If the same thing happened on NBC and Dan Patrick gave the same exact apology, nobody would have killed the messenger. Why should he draw attention to something that most people probably didn't notice?
But just once, I'd love it if a television host gave a real, meaningful apology. "We're very sorry this typo, which was likely a joke between production folks, made it past the editing process. We are embarrassed by the error and offer our sincere apologies. But, come on, are we all so sensitive that we can't see that this is pretty funny? It's a play on words for a guy you're all talking bad about anyway! [Cuts to Cris Carter laughing and slapping the desk.] But seriously, we're looking for a new graphics editor."
And then they cut to the terminated employee packing his desk into a cardboard box while a security guard, Bryce Harper and the Phoenix Suns gorilla stand by, solemnly shaking their heads.