After spending over five years in the industry, Sergio Dipp finally had his time to shine on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Dipp, a communications graduate and ESPN employee since 2013, appeared on the first airing of Monday Night Football of the 2017-18 season as a sideline reporter. Unfortunately for Dipp, his 30 second sideline report will now forever live in internet history.
Here’s what you need to know about Dipp:
1. Dipp Appeared Extremely Nervous on Camera
The moment happened during the first quarter of the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos game September 11. Dipp was given the task of hyping up Broncos coach Vance Joseph, who was also making his regular-season debut. The broadcast flashed to an eager Dipp on the sideline, who was to deliver a 30-second background on the coach. What transpired, though, is something that’ll undoubtedly be played and replayed over and over again. Unfortunately, Dipp appeared anxious, fumbling over his lines and sounding as if he was reading off of a teleprompter.
“Folks, it’s a pleasure to be with you guys, here, on the field, from up close just watching coach Vance Joseph from here, watch him now on the screen,” Dipp said as ESPN’s camera flashed to Joseph. “His diversity and his background is helping him a lot tonight. The 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.”
2. Social Media Fell in Love with Dipp
Almost as soon as Dipp made his debut appearance on Monday Night Football, the internet found its newest hero. Memes were crafted almost instantaneously and tweets calling for more Dipp on peoples’ TVs spread quickly on Twitter.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, though. This is the same internet that fell in love with Ken Bone, the man donning an innoncent red sweater who asked a question during a 2016 presidential debate.
3. Dipp Appeared to Address the Appearance in a Tweet Minutes Later
A mere few minutes after he delivered his sideline report, Dipp took to Twitter to address his newfound fame. And he seemed to play along with the joke and his cringe-worthy performance.
First, he tweeted two emojis: a “peace” sign and a wink face. He followed it up with a tweet of a screenshot showing a Google search asking “how to deal with fame.”
4. Dipp Started Working for ESPN in 2013
Dipp is a 29-year-old native of Mexico and started working in sports media in 2009 for the sports section of La Aficion in Milenio Television. He’s been a frequenter on international coverage of the NFL Super Bowls and some NBA All-Star Games and was the commentator of the Mexican men’s national soccer team during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
5. Dipp Majored in Communications at a Mexican College
Dipp attended from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico and graduated with a degree in communications. He started working for ESPN in 2013 and was later brought on to many international NFL broadcasts. He also appeared as an anchor of ESPN’s Mexican version of SportsCeter on a few occasions.