The 20 Weirdest Sounding Voices in Sports (With Video)
Since Avery Johnson is back in the league as the New Jersey Nets head coach, we here at B/R thought we would honor him and every other eccentric sounding sports figure that we could find.
The list includes past sports giants that are no longer with us, and other sports personalities that are probably not as well known.
All come with video, so you be the judge.
As far as our cover girl goes, unless you have some new and original material, save the jokes.
We've heard the "that's a man, baby" and every other Austin Power joke, as well as the Khloe Kardashian look a like ones.
Come hard or just sit back and admire her beauty and silky voice.
...And if we forgot anyone, let us know...
No. 20 - Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson is one of the most controversial NBA players of all time.
Right now he has no team.
But if his career is over, he will go down in history for two things: being pound for pound, one of the toughest players ever.
And for his press conference rant against practice.
His tirade was made even more entertaining because of his strange baritone voice.
It's something of a cross between Louis Armstrong and Froggy from the "little rascals".
No.19 - Bill Cartwright
Cartwright won three titles with the Bulls in the early nineties and was considered one of the better centers of his era.
Not sure what to say about his voice though. Was he always holding his breath?
Or maybe Laimbeer hit him with a cheap shot or something.
No. 18 - Howard Cosell
If Howard Cosell was around when ESPN and the internet was invented, every kid who watches sports would be imitating him.
He had one of the most interesting voices ever, and he made so many enemies that some people considered him the most hated man in sports.
He fought with sports columnists as well as his co-hosts on Monday Night Football.
But his most important feud was with Muhammad Ali, which ended up making both of them more famous than ever as it evolved into a respectful relationship.
No. 17 - Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds used to be a rail thin baseball player his first few years in the league.
Over the course of his career he became one of the biggest, strongest players on the field. So much so that his head size even grew.
Anyway, even though he got a lot bigger, his voice stayed as gentle as a lamb.
Which was weird because he was such a mean SOB.
He sort of sounds like Urkel, if he were on... steroids.
No. 16 Prince Naseem Hamed
Prince Naseem was a british featherweight boxer known as much for the power in his punches as for his antics and spectacular ring entrances.
He was once dropped in the middle of the ring by an elevator, he drove in the ring in a low-rider Chevrolet Impala and flew in on a flying carpet
He also re re-enacted Michael Jackson's Thriller video and sashayed into the ring via a fashion runway style walk way.
Because he was of the hip hop generation, his voice was a weird mix of Slick Rick the ruler and another pugilist who will show up on the list later.
No.15 - Johnny Most
If you were in Boston in the 80's you were blessed to hear Johnny Most call Boston Celtics games.
At every tip off, it sounded like someone started choking him and kept choking him for the whole game.
Shortly after his death in 1993, Most was awarded the Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Basketball Hall of Fame for his contribution to basketball.
No. 14 - Oscar De La Hoya
De La Hoya was always one of my favorite boxers. The golden boy was the main event and always carried himself like he was.
He fought big matches and carried boxing when the heavyweights were no longer interesting.
Still, he was a little too prim and proper for boxing fans that liked their pugilists mean.
No. 13 - Dick Vitale
The Dukees, babee!
If you watch college basketball, you know what these terms mean.
And if you know what they mean, you must have Dicky V's voice ringing in your ears.
Call a T.O., babeee!
No. 12 - Paul Hamm
Paul Hamm and his twin brother Morgan are great athletes and highly decorated US Olympians.
The body control they show when performing their gymnastic events is nothing short of incredible.
Still, that voice...
No. 11 - John Madden
Even though he's a Super Bowl winning coach, Madden became more famous as a play-by-play football analyst.
Then, years later he found a whole new generation of fans as the voice behind one of the most popular video games ever.
He is also known for making up words and rambling on incoherently at times.
But like your grandpa, you love to hear his familiar voice.
No. 10 - David Beckham
I could be wrong about this one.
But maybe it's because I saw him play and saw women fawning over his pictures before I ever heard him speak.
So it caught me off guard.
Am I wrong? Is his voice normal?
After listening to the the Chyna and Paul Hamm videos over and over again, I'm not sure about my own voice.
No. 9 - Tony Gwynn
It took me a second but I finally got it.
Tony Gwynn sounds like Eddie Murphy circa his Saturday Night Live era, doing his version of what a stuffy white guy would sound like.
Does that make any sense at all?
If not, watch the video...
No. 8 - Stan Van Gundy
There are two types of NBA coaches in the league...
There are the Phil Jackson sit-back-and-cross-your-arms type coaches.
And there are the SVG leave-everything-out-on-the -floor type coaches.
SVG is so much more fun.
No. 7 - Chyna
I used to watch WWE wrestling and my favorite group of villains were Degeneration X.
The members included Hunter Hurst Helmsley (Triple H), Shawn Michaels, the Heartbreak Kid, and, of course, Chyna.
She was intimidating because of her build and the fact that she never spoke.
And then we found out why she didn't speak...
No. 6 - Kerri Strug
Kerri Strug is an Olympic hero and one of the more famous members of the "Magnificent Seven" gymnastics team.
But even after all these years, she still sounds as if she is being squeezed.
No. 5 - Mike Tyson
I challenge anyone out there to describe Mike Tyson's lispy, threatening voice.
Watching this clip will make you get up and lock your door.
How can someone who sounds like daffy duck be this scary?
No. 4 - Brittney Griner
Brittney can dunk better than arguably any woman in the history of the world.
She is extremely athletic and will hopefully lead the Lady Bears of Baylor University to several National titles.
I refuse to say anything else.
No. 3 - Avery Johnson
Nobody can enunciate words better than AJ.
He makes you want to stretch your mouth to make sure you get all your words out.
No. 2 - Harry Carey
One of my great regrets in life is not hearing Harry Carey live.
Even Will Ferrel doesn't do him justice, as good as that impersonation is.
Truly an American original.
No. 1 - Dikembe Mutumbo
Find me another player who can unintentionally sound like the cookie monster, and they can have Mutumbo's number one spot.
Listen to his teammates' impersonations and then listen to him.
And no, he is not joking around.
That is his real voice.