Two days after telling his Monday Night Football audience Saskatchewan was the defending Grey Cup champion, Chris Berman wanted to set the record straight yesterday.
"I do know Calgary won the Grey Cup last year," said Berman, after being informed by the Sun he'd inadvertently put a few Stamps noses out of joint.
"They play Saskatchewan, who won the Grey Cup the year before. What I meant to say was 'the last two Grey Cup winners are going to play,' but it's live TV and I made a mistake. I certainly know Calgary is the defending champ, and I do love them up there in Stampeder town."
By far the most famous sports broadcaster in ESPN's stable, Berman went out of his way to get back to the Sun to let Canadian football fans know he's followed the league for decades and meant no disrespect.
After all, he's long included CFL playoff highlights in his weekly Fastest 3 Minutes package.
"I enjoy the Canadian game," said Berman, 54, who has been the face of ESPN for 30 years.
"I find it intriguing and I like the history of it, too. It's been around as long, if not a little longer, than the NFL. The Grey Cup is always something we watched, ever since ESPN had the CFL game of the week back in the 1980s. It made me a big fan of the league."
Henry Burris and a host of Stamps players were watching this week's Monday nighter when Berman followed up a few highlights from the Stamps West semifinal win by inadvertently naming the Roughriders as defending champs.
"I thought, 'man, that's sweet to be part of the clip selected,'" said a good-natured Henry Burris moments after the gaffe.
"And then to hear 'Saskatchewan winning the Cup last year' spoiled everything! I thought, 'Damn Yankees.' "