Election Day 2010: 10 Sports Announcers We'd Love To See in Politics
Election Day is here.
Time for left-wing and right-wing picketing, propositioning and overall annoyance. Time for politicians to stop campaigning and start failing to deliver on promises they made during their runs to office. Time for the American public to again be upset with the outcome, whether democrats or republicans ultimately reign supreme.
With that in mind, right now it's time to lighten the mood by ranking 10 sportscasters we'd most like to see in politics.
No. 10: Ernie Johnson
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Johnson, of Turner Sports broadcasting, is one of the most likable and personable sportscasters on television today.
While his inexperience in announcing baseball showed this postseason, his wit, charm and knowledge expressed on "Inside the NBA" is more than enough to merit his place on this list.
Not to mention that Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith would undoubtedly run a fantastic campaign.
No. 9: Chris Berman
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Berman, of ESPN and ABC Sports, is one of the most well-known sportscasters in America. He broadcasts or host programs related to football, baseball, golf and hockey.
Obviously, Berman would bring a bipartisan approach to office rarely seen in politics today. Additionally, his speeches would entertain the masses, as they'd certainly contain the oft-used sound effects he utilizes on "NFL Countdown."
No. 8: Scott Van Pelt
Van Pelt, a SportsCenter anchor and host of his own radio show, is a gifted speaker and possesses articulate wit.
His speeches would no doubt rival those of President Obama's during his campaign run, as evidenced in the video above.
No. 7: Michael Irvin
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Irvin, a former Cowboys star, is currently an analyst for NFL Network.
His presence in politics would certainly be controversial, as he is a huge proponent of all things related to "The U," and has been arrested on charges stemming from cocaine possession to sexual assault.
For those who like the University of Miami and are users of street drugs, Irvin would be a remarkably popular politician, and that is reason enough for him to be included here. Not to mention that ESPN's fantastic 30 for 30 presentation, "Its All About the U," would undoubtedly be a fixture of his campaign run.
No. 6: Jon Gruden
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A color commentator on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," Gruden is the eternal optimist.
Given the struggling economy and the never-ending war in Iraq (among other things), the US could use his enthusiasm as a politician. At the very least, he would brighten the moods of those who don't follow politics.
No. 5: Stuart Scott
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Scott, an ESPN anchor, is on this list for one reason—to be overthrown.
Nothing would please the majority more than for Scott to be replaced by the worldwide leader. In office, there would be legitimate reason for people to be upset.
Hopefully, someone would be brave enough to stage an uprising and stage a coup against Scott, Chinese-Revolution style.
No. 4: Jeff Van Gundy
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Van Gundy, a color commentator for ESPN and ABC Sports on the NBA, would bring a never before seen sarcasm to politics.
He'd be loved by some, hated by others, but nobody could question his zeal for wit and knowledge of politics. Additionally, he'd absolutely thrive in debates and make unrealistic proclamations to the people he presides over, as he did in predicting the Miami Heat would easily win 72 games this season.
No. 3: Hubie Brown
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A color commentator on the NBA for ESPN and ABC Sports, Brown would bring unparalleled knowledge and confidence to politics.
The resident patriarch of the NBA world, he would inspire the masses to believe in his message, as he does when discussing basketball. He'd be the best politician on this list, even if he isn't the sportscaster we would most like to see get in the game of Washington.
No. 2: Al Michaels
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Do you believe in miracles?
With Al Michaels in office, it's safe to assume we all would, even when it comes to politics.
Currently employed by NBC Sports, he is one of the most respected and accomplished active sportscasters today. Michaels brings masses together with inspiring calls. Perhaps he could finally end political disagreement in the US.
No. 1: Gus Johnson
Currently an analyst for CBS Sports covering the NFL and NCAA Tournament, Johnson is the most exciting sportscaster in modern history.
He would bring a passion to office never before seen in the history of American politics. The man could turn any campaign or office gathering into a party, and his speeches would be must-see TV.
Washington could use some fire, and Johnson would provide enough to burn down the establishment.