Love Hate Relationship With TV Football Announcers

Chris JohnsonContributor IIJuly 20, 2009

IRVING, TX - JANUARY 13:  Pat Summerall walks the sidelines during warm ups to the NFC Divisional Playoff game between  the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants at Texas Stadium on January 13, 2008 in Irving, Texas.  The Giants defeated the Cowboys 21-17.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

There has been a long-standing love/hate relationship between sports spectators and the announcers add their voice to the action. In football in particular, the love/hate relationship stands out. So here is my list of the worst and best announcers.


Howard Cosell (Always No.1 on the list) - This guy would talk a "mile-a-minute" and say nothing useful. Man, I hated this guy. Unfortunately, some announcers have fallen into the same "Cosell mold." Just shut up and cover the game already! Alex Karis should have gotten a medal for telling Cosell off, when he was on Monday Night Football.

Brent Musburger - Another Cosell in the works. The only time I liked him was in the movie, "Waterboy" when Dan Fouts said, "Shut up Brent!"

Bryant Gumbel - Boring! If he has something to say about the game, OK, say it.

Frank Gifford - Great player, but another Cosell "want-ta-be."

Dennis Miller - What were ABC thinking putting him on Monday Night Football. I'm all for comic relief, but that was ridiculous.

Lou Holtz - Great coach, but awful commentary, it doesn't work for me. Stay in the studio coach.



John Madden - How could you not love this guy? OK, maybe that's my opinion. But when he gets out that pen and draws the play, you really have to smile. Oh, and don't forget those adjectives he uses, Boom, Bam, etc.

Pat Summerall - When they put Pat with John Madden together, that was great. You might have gotten sidetracked from the game, but you had fun.

Keith Jackson - One of the best college football announcers ever! "Whoa Nellie!!!"

Bob Costas - Ah, the "Doug Flutie of Announcing." Though he may be more known for his coverage of the Olympics, he's still an announcer who has earned his stripes. I don't know why they haven't replaced Brent Musburger with him.

Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jim Brown, and Jimmy Johnson, how could you not like this teaming? When it comes to details about the game of football, these guys know exactly what their talking about.