Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Good day my fellow AAers. Ever since I started this site back in April of 2006 I've wanted to come up with a ranking system for the best and worst announcers and have a page where they rise and fall based on your input. Obviously time is a concern when it comes to these ideas and I never really could find a spot to fit this in. Well now I/we can.
AOL Sports tabbed me to put together a list of 32 of the Worst of the Worst in Sports Media, and break them up into categories. The brackets are broken up into 4 divisions with 8 Awful Individuals in each. The categories are Play by Players, Analysts, Sideliners, and Studio Hosts/Analysts. AOL posted the brackets last evening, and the response and emails I've received so far are tremendous. Please take the time to head over there and vote for the following matchups and read my thoughts on each.....
Who's The Worst Studio Host (AOL Sports)
Studio Host/Analyst Division:
CHRIS BERMAN (1) vs. MAGIC JOHNSON (8)
STUART SCOTT (2) vs. TIKI BARBER (7)
EMMITT SMITH (3) vs. SHANNON SHARPE (6)
STEPHEN A. SMITH (4) vs. LEE CORSO (5)
JOE MORGAN (1) vs. REGGIE MILLER (8)
TONY KORNHEISER (2) vs. CHRIS SPIELMAN (7)
TIM MCCARVER (3) vs. BRIAN BALDINGER (6)
DICK VITALE (4) vs. PAUL MAGUIRE (5)
Sideline Reporter Division:
JIM GRAY (1) vs. SAL MASEKELA (8)
TONY SIRAGUSA (2) vs. SHELLEY SMITH (7)
ARMEN KETEYIAN (3) vs. KEN ROSENTHAL (6)
HOLLY ROWE (4) vs. CHRIS MYERS (5)
Play by Play Division:
PAM WARD (1) vs. THOM BRENNAMAN (8)
MIKE PATRICK (2) vs. KENNY ALBERT (7)
DICK STOCKTON (3) vs. BRAD NESSLER (6)
CHIP CARAY (4) vs. BRYANT GUMBEL (5)
One caveat I wanted to clear up before you bring out the pitchforks.....
I was a bit handicapped when making my list because AOL had already come up with the brackets for the "Best Announcers". If you know me, and I think you do by now, there is no one I hate more as a Play by Play Announcer than Joe Buck. For some inexplicable reason they listed Buck as a #7 Seed in the best of category, and I have no words to describe how this happened. Also another AA stable of disdain, Brent Musburger, is a #5 Seed in that bracket.....again, not my doing.
I think you'll find the rest of the division perfectly laid out, and hopefully you'll play along. Special thanks to AOL for giving me the opportunity and vote early and vote often!
P.S.- Please look at that picture above again! To not let the AOLers knock Chris Berman out of this competition. He should win this hole thing, but Magic is going to Santa Clara him in the first round!!!