It took ESPN sideline reporter Sergio Dipp less than 30 seconds to go from relative unknown to internet sensation.
Dipp worked the sideline for ESPN during the Broncos-Chargers game Monday night. He's worked for the network for years, mostly with ESPN Deportes. But this was his first Monday Night Football assignment, and the first time most viewers tuning in had seen him at all. His first report of the game on Denver head coach Vance Joseph was a bit of a struggle, but in the most endearing way possible.
"Well, folks, it's a pleasure to be with you guys, here on the field, from up close, just watching coach Vance Joseph from here," Dipp said haltingly. "You watch him now on the screen."
Sergio Dipp for every game pic.twitter.com/ZhRJppvEAU- Mike Tunison (@xmasape) September 12, 2017
Within minutes, video of his report spread like wildfire across Twitter, and Dipp seems to be taking his newfound fame in stride. That's pretty much all you can do when you have a moment that is destined to go down in football broadcasting history.
What other moments does Dipp's debut stand with in the annals of legendary sideline reports?
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"I want to kiss you"
If there is one moment that absolutely had to make this list, it's Joe Namath's inappropriate advances on Suzy Kolber in 2003. During a December Jets-Patriots game on ESPN, Kolber asked the Jets legend for his thoughts on Chad Pennington and the team's struggles that season. Instead of answering the question, the clearly-impaired Namath uttered a line that lives in infamy: "I want to kiss you. I couldn't care less about the team struggling."
Namath later apologized to Kolber and entered treatment for alcoholism. Bur it'll still be a moment that will live in broadcasting infamy.
Peyton Manning was long known as one of the most milquetoast players in the NFL, but he could make incediary comments from time to time. One of those times was the 2003 Pro Bowl.
To be fair to Manning, he didn't start a war of words. He just returned fire. After the Colts were eliminated from the 2002 playoffs, kicker Mike Vanderjagt questioned the leadership of Manning and head coach Tony Dungy. Manning responded in an interview during the Pro Bowl, accusing Vanderjagt of being drunk when he made the comments and calling him two words that still haunt any kicker that draws the ire of fans: "Idiot kicker."
"Here we are, I'm out at my third Pro Bowl, I'm about to go in and throw a touchdown to Jerry Rice, we're honoring the Hall of Fame, and we're talking about our idiot kicker who got liquored up and ran his mouth off," Manning said, according to ESPN. "The sad thing is, he's a good kicker. He's a good kicker. But he's an idiot." Manning added that he would deal with it when he got home -- "if he's still a teammate."
You all remember when the Jets were good, right? Back before the Buttfumble, when Mark Sanchez was still "The Sanchize?" The year was 2011, and it's when Jets linebacker Bart Scott brought the pro wrestling promo to the NFL with a blistering postgame interview with Sal Palantonio.
The Jets had just beaten the Patriots in a much-hyped playoff game, earning the right to face Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship, and Scott was feeling himself, letting loose on Sal Pal with one of the most quotable postgame rants in sports history, ending with a phrase that dug deep into every football fan's lexicon: "Can't wait!"
The Jets lost to the Steelers in the AFC Championship, but the team's legacy endures throught his rant.
"Don't you open your mouth about the best or I'm gonna shut it for you real quick."
Speaking of rants ...
Back in January 2014, Richard Sherman wasn't the household name he is today. His breakout moment came during the 2014 NFC Championship Game againt the 49ers when he shut down Niners wideout Michael Crabtree and nabbed the game-winning interception on what would have been a game-winning touchdown. After the game, he made himself known to the world with an instant classic interview with Erin Andrews.
"I'm the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you gonna get. Don't you ever talk about me," Sherman said. "Don't you open your mouth about the best or I'm gonna shut it for you real quick."
"The coaches are screwing it up"
Not every great sideline moment is full of bragadoccio. Some are downright self-deprecating.
One of those examples is Michigan State coach John Smith in the halftime interview of a 2005 game against Ohio State. The Spartans were up 17-7 on the Buckeyes and driving with time running out in the first half. But a series of miscues on the field and sideline led to an attempted field goal with just 10 men on the field. The Buckeyes blocked the kick and returned it for a touchdown to cut the score to 17-14.
In the moment, it seemed like the block and score would have a significant effect on the outcome, and it did. Michigan State went on to lose 35-24. As he trotted off the field at halftime, an irate Smith laid the blame squarely on his coaching staff for the miscue.
"That's a dang coaching mistake," he said. "The kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up!"
Cy Brown writes about football, golf, soccer and other stuff for Sports on Earth. Follow him on Twitter @CEPBrown.