Chris Berman Gets Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

ESPN talking head Chris Berman is probably as polarizing as they come on that network, maybe not because he's the most over-the-top personality -- that would go to the more universally loathed Skip Bayless -- but because he's got a shtick and you either really enjoy it or really hate it. He's one of those guys with little more no middle ground when it comes to viewership. That's why this image below will be a well-deserved gesture to some, and a punch in the groin to others. ↵

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↵Yes, Chris Berman -- he of "BACK, BACK, BACK!" fame -- is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 24. ↵

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↵⇥ This year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selected just 28 names from more than 200 nominations. Other honorees set to cement a place in Hollywood history in 2010 are director James Cameron, actors Russell Crowe, John Cusack, Colin Firth, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson and Mark Wahlberg, and musicians Bryan Adams, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, the band ZZ Top and Roy Orbison (posthumously). ↵⇥

↵⇥“A star on Hollywood Boulevard is an iconic honor that has literally blown me away,” said Berman. “It speaks to 30 years of hard work for thousands of ESPN employees, and I am proud to represent each and every one of them. I can assure you that this will be the only time that my name will be in a sentence with the likes of Clarke Gable and John Wayne.” ↵⇥

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↵Count me on the side that would just assume not hear from Berman again anytime soon. That being said, he's picked up a staggering number of awards. Six-time national sportscaster of the year. 10 Emmy Awards, 12 CableACE Awards. If we're putting sports personalities onto sidewalks, he's probably as deserving as anyone even if only for notoriety, whether it was positive or negative.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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