Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Best: Sportscaster

Welcome to "The Best," a new series from the people who brought you "Would You Do," "Blogger Interviews" and "What Really Grinds My Gears."

It's just what it sounds like: what's the best ______? "Best" is such a subjective word and that's really the point -- let's get you guys talking! If this works, there will be intelligent, thoughtful debate on the day's topic. And if it doesn't work, well, back to the drawing board.

Arguing about the top sportscasters in the blog world is like beating Barbaro or Eight Belles. (Hey-O! That's like the fourth time we've made that joke and we can't see it ever getting old.)

Anyway, a sportscaster can make or break an event. Got a great game? Joe Buck will find a way to make it sound like a Brewers-Pirates-snoozefest in mid-July. But get a great sportscaster calling that Brewers-Pirates-snoozefest in mid-July and it'll seem like Game 7 of the World Series.

Everyone has their own preference. Some like accuracy, some like enthusiasm, some like story telling. The best combine all the elements.

Our top five list of current sportscasters would look like this:

1. Gus Johnson
2. Mike Patrick
3. Jon Miller
4. Ron Franklin
5. Vin Scully

Yours, please, in the comments. If you say Joe Buck, you may want to consider some sort of witness relocation program.


Jon said...

Kevin Calabro deserves a mention.

Mark said...

Chris Collinsworth
Jon Miller
Marv Albert for NBA games

rstiles said...

Top Five in No Particular Order

- Marv Albert - the best in the NBA...YES!

- Vin Scully - this fella will tell you so many interesting stories while not missing a beat on the play-by-play

- Michael Kay - he is very fair when doing games on matter who homers, a Yankee or an opponent, he calls it the same way with the same tone

- Ron Franklin - he is getting up in age and makes a few mistakes now, but in his prime, he was THE voice of Saturday Night football on ESPN

- Dick Enberg - like Franklin, he is past his prime, but in his heyday, he was the best out there

Special Notice - Pat Summerall - another oldtimer, but in his prime, he was THE BEST NFL play-by-play man ever!

Chuck Schick said...

All time:


Ernie Harwell
Jack Buck
Vin Scully
Harry Kalas


Jack Fleming & Myron Cope


Gene Hart
Al Michaels (kind of an Emeritus-type ranking, for one great call)

College Football:

Keith Jackson


who cares

Baseball has the best announcers, there are very few bad ones.

Bokolis said...

1. Silence
2. A chic, over wine, because chics think wine is harmless rigth up until they take hold of the mike.
I suppose you want professional sportscasters. The two guys that can make me watch rugby for fairies have to get top mention
3. Keith Jackson
4. Al Michaels
5. Jon Miller

GMoney said...

Bob Uecker still does Brewers games, right? And he was on Mr. Belvedere.

Randy Pederson
Bill Raftery
Dan Shulman
Orel Hershiser - might just be because he sits next to Steve Phillips during his games though

tenjay said...

i think i grew up very lucky in the bay area.
-hank greenwald was great with the giants and now there is jon miller who is very good. they also would bring lon simmons out a few times a year in recent years and i remember a joke about an alcoholic's least favorite part of the baseball game: the bottom of the fifth.
-i remember some lon simmons doing the 49ers radio games, he's great. joe starkey's not bad either.
-greg papa made me enjoy basketball when i was in high school when he was on the radio doing the warriors' games. tim roye isn't quite at his level.

NFL Adam said...

People always give “Dookie” V grief for being a Duke apologist. But if you ask me, it’s really Mike Patrick who is the Joseph Goebbels of the Duke program. Damn he’s the worst.

Add in that he also cannot pronounce “Fullerton.” (There is no D.)

Matt Vascherzon (sp?) and Darren Sutton are two of my favorites.

Spencer said...

Jim Nantz is way up there, he's great in every sport he does, whether its golf, college basketball or the NFL. Al Michaels has been great for a long time as well, along with Bob Costas, one of the most honest and even-handed sportscasters around.

Bob Lamey's will always be a favorite of mine for my hometown Colts. I enjoy Kevin Harlan as well. He's great on TNT's basketball coverage and CBS.

huh? said...

Jon Miller's great but he sits next to Joe Morgan for national telecast. I hope they are paying him in gold statutes of himself to announce with that hack.

Nantz is great at all things sports.

I'm a Chicago boy...nobody beats Harry Caray.

shoreke said...

Joe Buck is the Tiger Woods of sportscasters. Nobody currently in the business is anywhere close to his level.

Chuck Schick said...

Joe Buck is awful. The only reason he got anywhere was because of daddy.

NFL Adam said...

That guy had to be joking about Joe Buck. There is no way that's for real.

Nantz blows, too.

Brian said...

Dan Shulman is awright...

Spencer said...

Nantz does not blow, he's one of the three best sportscasters in the business with Bob Costas and Al Michaels. And as a Cubs fan, I cosign on Harry Caray.

Spencer said...

That's all-around sportscasters, multi-sport guys.

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