My friend, Bram Weinstein, is an ESPN anchor. When I first met him, I stood in awe of his occupation and talent.
This is understandable. There was a time in my life when I wore a SportsCenter hat like others wear hats denoting their favorite sports teams.
I was a SportsCenter junkie.
But over the years, as I’ve gotten to know Bram better, the celebrity-status that I once assigned to the SportsCenter anchor has begun to wane.
I’ve come to realize that despite his occupation, he’s just Bram. Sure, he’s excellent at his job, and yes, he has the opportunity to spend time with the greatest athletes in the world.
But I’ve also seen Bram eat birthday cake. Change a diaper. Shank a tee shot. Play princess with his daughter. Wash the dishes. Dance with his son in his arms.
Sadly, the bloom is off the rose when it comes to ESPN anchors. It turns out that they are just regular people.
The only exception to this rule is when Bram does a “This is SportsCenter” commercial. His second commercial aired this week, and for at least a while, he has once again ascended to celebrity status in my mind.
I’ve been watching these commercials for years. Writing and direction my own versions of these commercials in my head. Dreaming of the day when I could make a “This is SportsCenter” commercial of my own.
To think that Bram is immortalized in another one of these iconic advertisements is amazing. Unbelievable. Awe inspiring.
At least for now.