The Five Worst College Football Commentators in America
If you're against opinionated, reason-free articles with very little purpose, tune away now.
Because we all have opinions, especially when it comes to the people we like (and don't like).
When it comes to college football, there are just a select few guys that I simply can't stand listening to for one ill-found reason or another. When they come on TV, I hit the mute button and flip on the radio.
So without further ado, hear are my least favorite commentators in college football today.
Don't forget to post your own least favorites when you're done reading.
Here are a few guys for which a have a lot of dislike as broadcasters and very little (actually none at all) reasoning for it.
Bob Wischusen: To be honest, I just hate hearing his last name pronounced. I still can't do it, personally.
Jesse Palmer: The bachelor, Palmer? Really? You're condoning reality TV? I don't care how good looking women are, it's no excuse.
Craig James: I only put James here because I'd so much rather listen to Eric Dickerson. Sorry, James.
Joe Tessitore: I just find him a much better boxing and horse racing commentator, and think he should stick to his strengths.
First Runner Up: Chris Spielman
I'm not a Michigan fan, but I am an Ohio State hater. I'm not sure why, exactly, but I don't suppose anyone has incredibly good reasons for hating teams.
I do have to give Spielman a little credit, though, because he's not the hardest guy around to listen to.
Even more important, and the reason Spielman is a runner up rather than a list-maker, is that he got Mel Kiper Jr. to admit he was wrong. Way to go, Chris. (But don't let my praise go to your head.)
5. Lou Holtz
Sorry Trey Bradley, I mean no offense.
I'm as big as Notre Dame Fighting Irish fans come. I'm somewhat fond of South Carolina, too.
Still, I'm not a big fan of listening to Lou Holtz at this point in his life. He's sometimes difficult to understand, and is (understandably so) a little old-fashioned.
I'm not a super-modernized football guy or anything, but the game certainly changes in some sort of cycle. We're getting a little far off from Holtz's link in the chain.
4. Terry Gannon
You know those kids in High School you hated because they were good at everything?
Gannon is that guy.
A high school star in baseball, a college star in basketball, and a man who knows his golf, football, and figure skating as well as anybody, Gannon's got a lot going for him.
I'm not sure how he was in the classroom or on the prom floor, but just at a guess I'd say he wasn't half bad.
I don't like Gannon out of pure jealousy.
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3. Lee Corso
I've played as much NCAA Football as the next person (I still suck), but I still can't get used to listening to Lee Corso.
I have nothing against the guy, and I love animated broadcasting. I even love the big mascot heads!
But once it gets to game-time, I find myself wishing that he would just pipe down and listen to the sounds of the gridiron.
Anyone else remember Kansas in the Tangerine Bowl in 2003? I did enjoy the geography lesson when he pointed out that both he and "Mark Mangoni" (yes, he did say it like that throughout the entire game) are from similar parts of Italy, I believe.
2. Brent Musburger
I will not listen to another game with Brent Musburger until he stops calling KU basketball games with Bob Knight.
Talk about painful to listen to.
But Musburger (nor Knight) really deserves that kind of knock. They're too special of guys. I just want them to not be together... anymore... for any KU basketball games.
Then, I'll go back to listening to Musburger's college football commentating once more.
1. Todd Blackledge
Sorry, Mr. Blackledge. This is nothing more than a grudge I still hold against you, when in reality, it wasn't your fault the Chiefs picked you with the seventh overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft.
Perhaps it was Dan Marino's fault or Jim Kelly's fault for having bad interviews that they fell into double-digits? Maybe you were just to personable for the Chiefs to pass up?
Still, every time I hear your voice, I only think of what could have been.