The 10 Most Annoying Announcing Teams in Sports History

Todd Boldizsar@@toddboldizsarAnalyst INovember 5, 2010

The 10 Most Annoying Announcing Teams in Sports History

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    Have you ever had to change the channel on your television while watching a game because you can't handle the annoying commentary coming from the booth?

    If so, you may have been the victim of one of these duos. These people make you want to scream at the screen or scramble for the phone and dial the nearest suicide hot-line. Instead, you just stare at the screen intently, hoping they will slip and swallow their microphone while attempting their favorite, lame catch phrase.

    Here are ten announcing duos in sports that make you want to buy the tickets and go to the game next time.


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10. Stuart Scott and Stephen A. Smith

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    These two are rarely "teamed" together with good reason: When they are, no one knows a game is going on. These announcers are the prime example of self-PR reps. They both forget a game is going on and, as Yahoo put it, "want to be the story, rather than cover it." 

9. Chris Berman, Steve Young and Tom Jackson

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    Chris Berman leads the crew of annoying announcers in this one, with some assistance from Tom Jackson. Berman is another commentator famous for catch phrases and silly nicknames. His style of broadcasting is outdated.

    There is a time and a place for everything, and Berman's nicknames died with the '90s. Tom Jackson doesn't have any identity for himself, and can't stand alone as a solid broadcaster. Steve Young plays the former player to a tee, but has no flair or timely pitch. This threesome together makes about one and a half solid broadcasters.

8. John Miller and Joe Morgan

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    Between the dry commentary from John Miller and the self-promoting story-telling of Joe Morgan, these two really know how to keep the focus off the game.

    These two have become legends on ESPN's coverage of regular season baseball, but it is not likely they are the reason people tune in. 

    Unfortunately, when thinking of summer baseball, the voices of these two creep in to remind us to get home, sit down on our favorite sofa, grab a beer and some chips, turn on the TV to ESPN, then press "mute" on the remote.

7. Dick Vitale and Dan Shulman

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    Ok Dan, I'd just like to apologize for including you in this one. But since you have shared the booth with Dick Vitale, you qualify as being a member of one of the most annoying announcing teams of all time.

    Love him or hate him, Vitale has had some of the dumbest nicknames for players anyone has ever heard. His over-the-top catch phrases and mannerisms, and his apparent sweating (see photo above) have earned him a spot as one of the most annoying broadcasters of all time, and anyone teamed up with him is the unfortunate bystander of annoyance. 

6. Thom Brennaman and Jeff Brantley

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    The format is always the same: Pit a man that has studied broadcasting for years with a former ballplayer and watch the studied vet pace the commentary, with the occasional insightful comment from a player's perspective.

    However, the formula isn't always successful, and a prime example is the combination of Thom Brennaman and Jeff Brantley. Thom is the son of the legendary broadcaster Marty Brennaman, and undoubtedly grew up around the broadcaster's booth. He has a good pace, but unfortunately lets Jeff get off topic too easily and away from the game.

    Maybe when you are charged with calling the games for the Cincinnati Reds in a time when the team was rebuilding, a break from the game is a welcomed segway, but these guys just can't carry a conversation. They have no common ground and seem to hate each other. This team just didn't pan out.

5. Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser

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    These guys were so bad on Monday Night Football that they tried continuously to find a third man with no success. Joe Theismann was added, but couldn't overcome the poor commentary with first-hand stories of his playing days and got dropped.

    Anyone that can drop Joe Theismann that fast certainly deserves to be on the list of most annoying announcing teams. Kornheiser has since moved over to Pardon The Interruption, where his poorly-based opinions can thrive.

    Tirico is the proverbial follower in the booth. What would Tirico do if he was left unattended in the booth for too long? Someone would probably open the door to find him with his socks on his ears and spit bubbles coming from his lips.

    Thankfully, their days on MNF are over with PTI, and not a moment too soon.

4. Lee Corso And...Anyone Else (Kirk Herbstreit)

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    Poor Chris Fowler, he just decided he would do college football and have some fun. Then he saw Lee Corso walk in and saw the look on Kirk Herbstreit's face following behind him, and he knew he was in for trouble.

    Corso brings plenty of excitement to the broadcast, but has invented a way of getting around in-depth analysis: Put on the mascot's head and make everyone laugh while Herbstreit attempts to use statistics to back up his picks.

    Truth is, anything can happen in college football, and that's what makes it fun to watch. What makes College Gameday on ESPN fun to watch? The clever signs people come up with to hold up behind the analysts, and I use that term loosely for Corso. 

3. Al Michaels and John Madden

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    Now, most annoying may be a strong term to describe John Madden. It is difficult to be upset at someone who just can't help themselves to the point where it is almost comical.

    Madden is famous for pointing out the obvious and being way too liberal with the stylus pen on the screen (All the yellow lines circling players and...chunks of grass). Looking back at it now, it's laughable, but at the time, it was perhaps the most annoying commentary around.

    Al Michaels has certainly had a good run, therefore, that's enough Al. Anyone can comment on a slow-motion replay and tell everyone else what is going on.  

2. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver

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    Writing the explanation for this one might draw the "Insensitivity Badge" because Tim McCarver is probably slowly slipping into senility. 

    McCarver blows so many calls that even the New York Times couldn't print his retraction. Nothing is more confusing than listening to him attempt to figure out what's going on or who is batting. 

    Joe Buck sounds like Ben Stein...there I said it. He has one of those voices that just destines a person to a microphone. But his lack of emotion for...really anything, makes him difficult to follow, and hard to listen to. Undoubtedly, Buck is another name that will make history books and be celebrated in the realm of announcing, but I'd rather catch another WNBA game (Did I really just say that?).

1. Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler

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    This duo of insightful baseball minds (can you feel the sarcasm oozing off the page?) makes a non-Angels fan cringe. 

    No one can turn a home team error into a player-praising rant quite like these guys. You would think the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pay a portion of their salary to double as PR agents.

    When an Angel hits a home run, it's the farthest, most-amazing home run they have ever seen, and when the shortstop plays soccer with the ball and kicks it three rows deep, it's all about how amazing he's been all season long and how the ball took a funny hop. 

    But wait, it gets worse: A personal message to Mr. Hudler: Your nicknames aren't cool, they are certainly not creative, and sometimes, they are downright creepy. "Big Daddy Vlad"....Really?