Now here's some dog-days material: Chris Zelkovich's readers' poll of the best and worst in sports broadcasting.
|Football gold. At least, the guy on the left.|
Okay, I'll bite (it's either that or do a where's-Malkin post). And with nearly four decades of time wasted listening to this kind of stuff, here's my own choices drawing on all those dead brain cells:
Best baseball announcer: Vin Scully or Jon Miller. Take Scully, for longevity's sake.
Best baseball analyst: Tony Kubek was good for a number of years. Amazingly, he kept his mouth shut most of the time.
Best football announcer: Chris Cuthbert is the people's choice. I can't argue, although it's not a category where there are a lot of candidates. Pat Summerall for years was the gold standard in the U.S., and he fits too.
Best football analyst: I kind of like the stylings of Cris Collinsworth on the NFL -- okay, I tolerate him -- but again, it's football. Glen Suitor does a decent job on the CFL these days.
Best hockey announcer: Easy. Danny Gallivan. From today's lot, Jim Hughson by a mile.
Best hockey analyst: Before he became a best-selling author, Leafs president and parliamentarian, Ken Dryden was pretty good. Well, I liked him, anyway.
Best other announcer: It's a shame we don't get more of Kevin Calabro here.
Best radio host: Don Landry.
Best TV anchor: Is there such an animal?
Best TV host: Brian Williams. No one gives the time in Saskatoon like Brian.
Best hair: In his prime, Hubie Brown, including a highlighted perm that looked like bubble wrap on his head.
Most annoying anchor: Aren't they all?
Most irritating laugh: Oh c'mon. Joe Bowen in a slow trot.
Guy most in need of a microphone muffler: Howard Cosell. In his prime, he was a motormouth for all seasons, and had the requisite heightened sense of self-importance. For a little slice, check out this 1983 interview with the CBC's Barbara Frum.
Guy whose mouth should be duct-taped: Bill Walton and Tim McCarver. A tie. Can you imagine getting to your seat in the airplane and finding these two on either side of you?
Newspaper guy on TV who should stay in newspapers: All of 'em.