AskMen's Great Male Survey Pits Chris Berman Against Joe Buck

Ryan KlockeFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11:  TV personality Chris Berman speaks onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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AskMen put out it's annual Great Male Survey this morning, and on top of important questions about the state of today's America (How should we reboot the economy?), celebrity crushes (spoiler: everyone loves Emma Stone) and bro-tastic queries about the 2012 presidential election (Romney or Obama—who's your wing man?), they broached the subject of sports on a few occasions. Namely, sports broadcasters. And when the subject of sports broadcasters is broached online, "Berman" and "Buck" are soon to follow. 

Both are Twitter-overloading, oft-roasted on banes of America's cable box who bring on a deluge of hate every time they step in front of a national stage. Take a look at the most recent MLB All-Star festivities. One day, you've got Berman and his "Back, Back, Backs!" and the next day there was Buck and his bland yet still polarizing sthick. 

So, when the 50-thousand plus people who were surveyed by the men's lifestyle website were asked "Which sportscaster would you ban from television?", Buck and Berman were right there, multiple choice style, along with a couple other love-or-hate favorites—Dick Vitale, Bob Costas and Tim McCarver. 

Given the choice, though, Berman is the one who gets the boot. By a long shot. By double digits. By a margin so wide, you'd have to go all the way to Omaha to find the first runner up. 

Yeah, that's a landslide. And it shows something. While Buck is hated (unfairly, in my opinion) by some, he manages to stay modern and is aware of the current climate. He tweets. He makes timely references. He gets it far more than the man he always gets looped in with in these type of conversations.

You're not going to like Buck as much is your local (read: HOMER) announcers, especially in the baseball playoffs. He's not going to do those little things you learn to love so much in the dog days of July and August. I get it. I'm a Giants fan. I'm gifted with two of the best play-by-play guys in the country. It's not as good when Buck is around, but Buck has a national audience to appease. He's not going to give a shout out to the little town 100 miles away from the stadium. 

That's just the way it is, and it may bother you. But in this survey, Berman's tired act prevailed. Again.