15 Worst Voices in Sports
Professional sports are about skills, strength and agility, but also communication.
Team huddles, postgame interviews, taunting barbs directed at opponents, commercial endorsements, play-by-play commentary—there are so many situations in which a good speaking voice can be an effective and profitable tool in the world of sports.
But there is a discordant minority out there, a group of beloved coaches, players, commentators, etc. who have made a name for themselves in the world of professional sports, despite having voices that make us dive for the remote and jab a finger on the mute button.
WARNING: The following video article is not for the aurally sensitive. It is recommended all readers and listeners keep a finger hovering over the pause button in case the ensuing cacophony proves too much to bear.
Click on, brave souls, and good luck.
15. Paul Hamm's Helium Addiction
14. Harold "I Gotta Tell Ya" Lederman
A compilation of an unintentional catch phrase from a piercing voice.
I dare you to get 30 seconds in.
13. Mike Tyson's Squeakiness
Here is a rare situation in which having a squeaky voice and a lisp may have worked in someone's favor.
Tyson claims he was taunted as a kid for his voice.
Was this lasting ordeal the fuel that powered him to become one of history's greatest pugilists?
12. Rick Jeanneret's Phlegminess
We want to like the voice of this Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer, we really do.
It has good elocution and is infused with passion.
But there's just something too nasal, too lung-buttery about it.
11. Avery Johnson's Strident Soprano
10. John Sterling's Sour Twang
Sterling's voice wins the award for incurring the most vicious and impassioned comment out there in cyberspace: "John Sterling's voice is the audio equivalent of a root canal."
9. Cleatus's Droid-Ish Drone
Who knew the thing had a voice? I wish I didn't.
8. Howard Cosell's Hammy Voice
How can the greatest sportscaster of all time be on this list?
Well, there's just something a little too melodramatic about his voice. Perhaps it was a product of its time. But it's certainly not a product of the present.
7. Darren Lockyer's Unholy Croak
6. Stan Van Gundy's Harsh Chirp
5. Randy Orton's Monotone
4. Vickie Guerrero's Nasal Shriek
Her voice coach? Why Steve Urkel, of course.
This particular clip has her and "Boreton" together. Watch it and you won't know whether to fall asleep at the keyboard or run from the room in panic.
3. Jelena "You Know" Jankovic
A few of things going on here:
1. Prior to the interview, she ate a heaping plate of either sand, lint or tennis ball fuzz and a clump of it stuck in her throat.
2. She's a low talker.
3. How much does she think we really know? (By my count she mutters "you know" 29 times in this short clip.)
2. Brook Lopez's Teen Girl Speak
1. Suzyn Waldman's Ear-Splitter
The New York Yankees' color commentator's voice has been called nasally and ear-splitting, grating, screeching, irritating, unbearable, migraine-inducing, like fingernails on a chalkboard and like an air raid siren.
Writer and radio host Mike Silva dubbed her voice simply the worst in sports.
Listen to a clip...if you dare.