"He could go all the way." Since joining ESPN a month after its 1979 inception, Chris Berman has lived up to his famous tag line, becoming one of America's most popular broadcasters - as big, raucous, and frequently funny as sports itself. Responsible for the channel's NFL coverage, Berman will be front and center at the ESPN sports desk February 3, when the AFC and NFC battle it out in the Super Bowl, and again when they play the Pro Bowl a week later.
Berman's Emmy-winning penchant for combining sports and humor - especially coining player nicknames like Irving "Deep" Fryar and Roberto "Remember the" Alomar - have won him roles (always playing himself) in movies such as Big Daddy and Kingpin and TV appearances on Spin City and Arli$$. Berman, who lives in his home state of Connecticut along with his wife, Kathy, and two teenage kids, has signed on with the sports network until at least 2005, when he turns 50. Then, when he's "done being Mr. ESPN," he says he'll pack up his family and move to Maui, where he has returned for an annual vacation for the past 20 years. "I really feel like we're kamaaina [local], which is the highest accolade you can get," he says. Here's a weekend on Maui with the voice of American sports.
"We stay in a condo at the Ka'anapali Ali'i, and we've stayed there 20 times. It's right along the strip in Ka'anapali. Of course, there's the Marriott and the Westin and the Hyatt Regency right next door. If you want a hotel, the ones along the strip are more luxurious. There's also the Four Seasons out at Wailea or The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, but I like the ones along the strip."