The 20 Strangest Voices in Sports

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2013

The 20 Strangest Voices in Sports

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    Not that it's my first choice, but after being stuck in a car with some girls this past weekend while they were back for their college homecoming, I was forced to listed to Miley Cyrus.

    Forget the fact that these girls were over 25 years old for a second and think about how annoying the sound of Miley's voice is.

    Nasally and a little deep, it's not really one that many people would prefer to listen to.

    Now I'm not saying that my voice is a joy to hear everyday or anything, but when we think about great athletes or coaches, we want them to have some authority when they talk, not to sound mumbled or high-pitched.

    If that's the case, than these people in sports don't score high on that test, because they're actually pretty weird.

Tom Thibodeau

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    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is one of the brightest minds in the NBA right now—as evidenced by his 157-73 record in three seasons leading his squad—and maybe his voice can be attributed to it, as it's super intimidating, so no wonder his players would listen.

    I'm sure he'd excel at being a high school gym teacher too—just saying.

Eli Manning

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    When I was first assigned this piece, the first guy who popped into my mind was Giants quarterback, Eli Manning.

    There's no way on earth that I'm the only one who finds the two-time Super Bowl MVP's voice a little strange, with its nasally tone and bit of a lisp.

    Seriously, how do his teammates take him seriously when calling plays in the huddle?

Grant Balfour

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    If you don't already know, Oakland A's closer Grant Balfour is a pretty extreme guy.

    So when he got into a little shouting match with the Tigers' Victor Martinez the other day during the teams' playoff series, it probably wasn't too unexpected.

    Based off Balfour's voice though, I'm shocked V-Mart could even understand the Aussie pitcher, as he mixes an accent that combines American South and the land down under.

Randy Moss

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    Living in Nashville for a bit, every time I hear former wideout Randy Moss talk, I can't help but compare him to good ol' country folk from the sticks down in Tennessee.

    Not that I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, but with Moss hailing from West Virginia, it's easy to see why the two are so similar.

    It's just a little unassuming and not what you expect from a guy who was a freak on the football field.

Jamie Carragher

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    After seeing the way that former Liverpool and England national team player Jamie Carragher completely butchered his native language in this video, it might not have been a good idea for him to have signed on as a soccer analyst with Sky Sports.

    I swear you do not to adjust your Internet connection, that slow and then fast tone you hear is in fact Carragher's natural voice.

Dick Vitale

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    Yes, college basketball commentator Dick Vitale has one of the most recognizable voices to ever come through television speakers.

    No, that doesn't mean any of us sports fans actually enjoy listening to it.

    Everything Dickie V does is over-the-top, so I couldn't imagine seeing how he orders a side of french fries with a hamburger—though it has to be with a ton of enthusiasm.

Stan Van Gundy

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    You've just got to love former coach Stan Van Gundy.

    Not only does he oddly resemble legendary porn star Ron Jeremy, but also his voice has some serious range to it, showing the ability to go from low to high in just a matter of seconds as if he were an opera singer.

    With his voice cracking more often than a pre-pubescent kid's in middle school, it makes for some good laughs.

Shannon Sharpe

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    Not only does this remain to be one of the greatest trash-talking moments in Super Bowl Media Day history, but it's also a perfect example of why Hall of Fame tight end and current CBS analyst Shannon Sharpe has such a strange voice.

    On top of just sounding funny, anytime he gets really riled up and the wheels start spinning in his head, it reflects on his voice, making it even more amusing.

Brittney Griner

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    I'm not downplaying any of the extraordinary things that 2013 WNBA No. 1 pick Brittney Griner can do on the basketball court one bit.

    Standing at 6'8" and being one of the best ballers to ever play the women's game, she's definitely earned respect.

    Her voice though...

Kerri Strug

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    I know that she hasn't competed in gymnastics in over a decade, but that doesn't discount anything that former Olympic hero Kerri Strug did during her gymnastics career—you know, like win the '96 gold medal for her team.

    To this day, her bit on Saturday Night Live with Chris Kattan is still one of the funniest things ever, having a good laugh with the fact her voice sounds like a high pitched mouse from a Disney movie.

Gerald Wallace

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    Remember that bit—and eventual movie—from Saturday Night Live that had former cast mate Tim Meadows as the ladies man?

    Well, to me, new Celtics forward Gerald Wallace sounds almost identical to that.

    So it's a little hard to take him seriously when he talks because all we can think about is him giving sex advice to random people.

Tommy Smyth

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    ESPN soccer analyst Tommy Smyth has one of the most recognizable and unique voices in all of sports thanks to the enthusiasm and quirkiness in each word he speaks.

    Honestly, every time he talks I feel like pouring myself a bowl of Lucky Charms, but that may just be me.

Dennis Rodman

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    This isn't supposed to come off as mean, but every time I hear Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman speak, I almost feel bad for him.

    He seems like a fun guy to be around, but when he talks it sounds like he has a giant wad of gum saved beneath his tongue or something.

    Dude could definitely hoop, but I wouldn't want him giving a speech at my wedding—merely because half the room wouldn't understand him.

Chris Johnson

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    As difficult as it is for opponents and fans to keep up with where Titans running back Chris Johnson is on the field, it might be an even bigger challenge trying to keep up with him when he's talking.

    The guy mumbles—a lot—so if you need to ask someone what the hell Johnson's saying if he's ever on the mic, it's completely understood.

David Beckham

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    Generally regarded as one of the best soccer players of the past decade or so, recently retired David Beckham had it all when it came to becoming an icon.

    Well, except for the voice you'd expect for him to have.

    It may sound proper thanks to his British accent, but it kind of catches you off-guard when you first hear it.

Avery Johnson

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    When it comes to enunciating words—which involves facial expressions while doing it—the former NBA coach is an absolute All-Star.

    The way he can make his mouth stretch to almost unworldly sizes is something that would make any middle school kid trying to stuff a ton of marshmallows in his mouth jealous.

    I will say this—Avery Johnson would be one hell of a pastor with how well-spoken he is.

Tim Kurkjian

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    If there's one guy on this planet who absolutely loves his job, it's ESPN baseball analyst, Tim Kurkjian.

    Known for his high pitched, over enthusiastic tone, Kurkjian gets to live out his dream every single day by covering the sport he loves.

    That's definitely cool—as are the impersonations some pro players can do of him.

Dikembe Mutombo

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    I'm not sure there's a better example of former NBA center Dikembe Mutombo's raspy voice than this video of him talking to Michael Jordan in the trainer's room during the '97 All-Star game.

    It's no wonder Mutombo used his finger to trash-talk his opponents—because had he actually spoken, it wouldn't have been as intimidating.

Lou Holtz

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    Um, what?

    Does anyone else feel more confused and less motivated after hearing former college coach Lou Holtz's staged pep talk for ESPN a few years back?

    Between his weird voice and overcomplicated analogies, Holtz is about as tough to keep up with as Usain Bolt in a race.

Mike Tyson

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    For a guy who is generally known for knocking other dudes' heads off, it's absolutely off-putting when former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson opens his mouth.

    We've all been blessed to hear some hilarious sound bites from "Iron Mike" over the years, and I can't help but think that part of what makes them so funny is the tone of his voice when trying to act tough.