Top 10 Most Annoying Sportscasters
In Sunday's New York Post, the paper put together a nice little montage about the top 10 sportscasters of all time. They appropriately ranked Vin Scully No. 1; the man whose legendary voice and ability to articulate and paint a literary picture of a sporting event is uncanny and goes unchallenged by few.
Others like Jim Nantz, Ron Darling, Marv Albert, and Dick Enberg were on the list and deservedly so; but the fact that guys like Gus Johnson and Troy Aikman made the Post's top 10 is a bit troubling.
So this leaves us with an interesting debate, for just a little bit of fun, who are the top 10 most annoying sportscasters.
10) Troy Aikman: The guy was one of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played the game, winning three Super Bowl rings, and making the Dallas Cowboys "America's Team" again in the 1990's, but as a broadcaster, Aikman can be a bit lethargic.
Aikman tends to belabor his points too much when calling NFC East football games, and at times can come across as a whiner when it comes to a bad play by the Dallas Cowboys or New York Giants for example. One knock on Aikmen is that he calls the game in favor of the Cowboys.
I find that hard to believe, since he tends to be pretty critical of them most of the time, but what gets boring with Aikmen is the fact that his critiques carry on and on and on.
9) Gus Johnson: Even though it is nice to have a play-by-play man that is into a game, Johnson tends to go overboard. He had a propensity to overstate the importance of plays, and sometimes comes across as a shouter.
For example, during a NFL regular season game, if Lee Evans of the Bills makes a nice one handed catch in the middle of a game, Johnson will the treat the catch as the greatest catch in NFL history, or a catch that won the Super Bowl. Johnson has a good voice, but is way too emotional to be a reliable play-by-play guy.
8) Tim McCarver: A guy who has been around a very long time, and is a respected broadcaster, but there are times that McCarver likes to belabor on his points during baseball games.
For example, after the Mike Piazza vs. Roger Clemens incidents in 2000, McCarver continued to bring up the "bat throwing" fiasco every time the Mets and Yankees met, or when Piazza had to catch Clemens in the All-Star game in 2004.
It was clear then that McCarver had nothing else to say, so he kept bringing it up as a way to fill air time. When Piazza and Clemens are not involved, McCarver reviews plays repeatedly as a way of saying: "hey you guys and girls watching this game, you still don't understand what a ball rolling over the foul line means, let me show you again."
We get it Tim, move on please.
7) Greg Buttle: Talk about a homer. Buttle, who does analysis for the New York Jets post game shows on SNY and ESPN Radio is so biased in favor of the Jets it is not even funny. There has never been a time that Buttle has been critical of Gang Green, even when the team is going through another choke job like it did at the end of the 2008 season.
Buttle likes to believe that the Jets are the best team in football, for example, during a SNY special for the 2009 NFL schedules Buttle had the Jets beating the Panthers, Patriots, Dolphins, Bills, Colts, Saints, Falcons, and just about any other team that is better than the Jets are right now. Now that is ridiculous.
6) Jon Miller: The ESPN Sunday Night Baseball play-by-play man is a guy who is known for his verbal and factual errors. For example when it comes to calling Met games, Miller emphasises the "TRAN" in Beltran, as if trying to say that the Puerto Rican native is French.
Miller also has a propensity of forgetting what is happening during a game, and even screws up statistics on certain players and never realizes that he has made an error.
5) Charles Barkley: Even though he is not a play-by-play voice, Barkely's pregame and halftime commentary during TNT's NBA broadcasts can be at times confusing and frustrating to listen to. When Charles speaks, it's all about him, as he basically rips into players and coaches for not thinking the Barkley way.
It doesn't help matters that his partners on the program try to trip into his rants as a way of being funny.
4) Joe Buck: For my money, Buck should also be on a top ten list for best broadcasters as well, because when it comes to the big moment in a baseball game, Buck is excellent. However, it is when a game does not have a lot of importance Buck sounds bored and tired with the game he is calling.
There are times that he will go into rants about celebrities or inside jokes that would only appear in a gossip magazine or Page Six. There are also times, where Buck tries to act really cool by referencing a recent movie or television show to explain a play, or if nothing else to keep us amused.
During NFL games, Buck tends to sound very monotonous, as he lacks the necessary excitement required to call the fast pace of an NFL game, making it clear that baseball is Buck's true forte.
3) Bryant Gumbel: For some reason the NFL Network thought in 2007 that it was a good idea to hire Greg's little brother to call its Thursday night broadcasts. Big mistake. Unlike Greg, Bryant lacked the deep, crisp voice necessary to calling a football game.
His voice was so weak that the crowd noise was actually loader then Bryant. The NFL Network made a wise decision to let Bryant go in favor of Giants play-by-play man Bob Papa in 2008.
2) Phil Sims: When it comes to calling NFL games, especially games that involve the New England Patriots, Sims is a train wreck. The guy has such a high opinion of the Patriots, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick that he will reference either about 1,000 times during a broadcast.
The Patriots can do no wrong in Simms' view, even if the team went onto the field with brass knuckles and started punching people's lights out. If that happened, Sims would find a way to justify it, because it is the Patriots.
Another thing with Sims is his love-fest over Tom Brady. During a broadcast you will hear Sims say "Tom Brady is this... Tom Brady is that... Tom Brady can do this... only Tom Brady is this special..." and blah, blah, blah, blah. It's annoying, irritating and troubling to have the lead analyst of a network be this biased.
1) John Sterling:"It is high. It's is far. It issssss caught by the second baseman." Yes, the most annoying and probably the worst announcer in sports is Yankees play-by-play man John Sterling, a shame considering the Yankees are the most treasured franchise in sports.
Stearling's propensity for overstating the importance of a pop up, a routine ground ball, or just completely screwing up the call of a play on radio has angered Yankee fans for years.
He comes across as arrogant and a know-it-all, who in point of fact, knows nothing. His home run calls are idiotic, like "A-Bomb from A-Rod" or "Jeterian" or "The Melk man always rings twice," and his "Ball game over Yankees win, DAAAAAAA Yankees win" is really just used to piss off everyone who is not routing for the Yankees.
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