Excluding the officials, announcers are quite often the worst part of any sporting event. These smug blowhards have an uncanny ability to ruin and entire game with nothing more than a single sentence. Which is bad enough, considering we're subjected to three straight hours of their game ruining rhetoric.
Seriously, if I had a nickel for every time I've said "Joe Buck makes me wish someone would cut my ears off and gouge my eyes out so I'd never have to hear his stupid voice again" or "Phil Simms is the dumbest, palest, most boring nerdlinger on the planet," I'd have a large number of nickels.
But they aren't all bad. National broadcasters are generally pretty wretched, but local announcers can be pretty awesome. They aren't afraid to pick sides and taunt the refs for a bad call or join in on a celebration when their team scores. That kind of excessive enthusiasm can actually add to the fun.
Oh, and don't get me started on the awesomeness of soccer announcers. Those guys know how to call a game—am I right?
Let's take a look at 20 of the most overly excited sports announcers.