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Mon Mar 15, 2004 2:43 am

If I had to fire one sports commentator, it would Dick Vitell. That guy has to be the most annoying person in sports.

Who would you fire?

And your most favorite/hated athletes?
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 2:57 am

I guess it would be John Madden. Can't stand his voice (and when he was doing those dumb reverse-tape replays five times a down, I'd switch channels). Anyway, the guy is afraid of flying which automatically makes me suspect to begin with. Regards...Jack
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:09 am

Dick Vitell. That guy has to be the most annoying person in sports.

Oh, come on...Dickie V is not that bad. Would TV basketball really be the same without Dick Vitale?

I'm going to second Cptkrell and go with Madden.
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:10 am

As far as tv is concerned, I would fire Al Micheals. Now as far as radio, I would fire that guy in Oakland who always says "Touchdown Raaaaaaaaaaaaiders."
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:13 am

It'd be John Madden. They guy used to be halfway decent, but he's just hot air anymore. A close second would be Dicky V, who is so annoying as not to even be funny anymore.
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:14 am

I also think the SF Giants announcer is annoying.
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:17 am

All of 'em... Just shut up, I wanna watch the game.
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:20 am

I think Harold Reynolds is the most underrated. He is very wise about the game.
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:22 am

Oh, another one: Joe Morgan. He's so full of himself. I remember during the height of Roberto Alomar's career, anytime anyone compared Robbie to him, he'd literarlly scoff at such claims, even though Robbie was better than Joe on defense, and was at least his equal, if not better than him on offense.
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:24 am

John Madden. Don Cherry.
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:24 am

Alpha 1- Who is the other guy with Jow Morgan? Those two are so damn boring!!
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:31 am

Thanks to B747-437B for the pickup on this one. His hame is Jon Miller, Trijetfan1. He used to be play-by-play man for the Orioles years ago.
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:38 am

Alpha 1- That guy is boring
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:50 am

Skip Carey. He's just plain annoying after all these years. He got even more annoying after he lost all that weight. The only member of the Carey family that was good was Harry Carey. His son and grandson are just riding on daddy's coattails.
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:57 am

I hate "you can put it on the baord.....YEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!"
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:01 am

Definately John Madden. I have no desire to listen to him repeat the same things over and over and over and over and over again. I swear, he's got a pre-recorded set of lines that he uses in real TV, just like on his video game. It's even worse when they show the booth camera and you see the 32 chins bobbling up and down as he talks.
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:07 am

I'm no fan of Joe Castiglione on WEEI in Boston. I just can't stand his voice and the way he announces games. It gets so bad that sometimes I'll just tune in to WFAN and listen to a Mets game (of course, I only listen to the Mets or Red Sox when the Yankees aren't on WCBS).

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Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:08 am

DeltaAirlines, Castiglione cut his teeth here in CLE in the 70's. Did sports at WJW TV, and I think did some Indians games for a while.
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:09 am

Alpha 1- do you like the tribe announcers?
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:16 am

Boomer Esiason, my nomination for the most annoying sports commentator. Half the time I wish all of them would just shut up. Has been more than one time I have hit the 'mute button' to enjoy the game.
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:32 am

I can't stand Dick Vitale! His voice is so freaking annoying! But come on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN with John Miller and Joe Morgan is awesome. Those guys are really knowledgable about the game. I guess they can be boring at times, but it's not like baseball is the most exciting game in the world. John Miller can really get into it though. I remember sometime last season I think in August someone who I can't recall at the moment made an unassisted triple play, and John Miller was pumped!
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:44 am

I don't like Sean Salisbury's NFL analysis on ESPN...too bad he passed up the QB coach job at the Arizona Cardinals...

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Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:54 am

There is a comedian from Wisconsin who does a great John Madden impression, his name is Frank Caliendo, his website is http://www.maddenguy.com
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 5:10 am

John Madden, if you listen to him he makes absoultly no sense, it seems as if he is not even watching the same game.....Also I'd can Harry Kalas of the Phillies, he just annoys me with his lack of knowledge on the sport of baseball
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 5:13 am

Joe Buck <---The absolute most annoying of them all. King of the coat tail riders. All he is good for is pointing out the "mood" of the game's fans or blathering about the parents of a player watching in the stands. Blah, blah. What a pest.

Also, I will be canning:
Tim McCarver
Chirs Collingsworth
Tom Tolbert
Sean McDounough
Jim Nance - he might be able to save his job if he dials it down a notch
Dan Deirdorf
Trev Alberts
Kenny Smith
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 5:19 am

Barry Melrose, cut that greasy mullet.



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Mon Mar 15, 2004 6:15 am

Barry Melrose, cut that greasy mullet.

Melrose is the mullet, and the mullet is Melrose.

Melrose without the mullet is like a PBJ without the peanut butter.
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 7:20 am

Whoever does the NY Yankees broadcasts....."The Yankees Win.....Thahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah...Yankees win!" Shut up!

How in the hell did Dick Vitale get to do that new Hooters Ad??
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 7:49 am

How about Jim Rome, anyone else find that guy very stuck up and annoying? He makes some good points and covers touchy topics, but this guy is waaay too arrogant and thinks he's right about everything.
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:22 am

There is a comedian from Wisconsin who does a great John Madden impression, his name is Frank Caliendo

He also does a pretty funny Jim Rome... Big grin
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:55 am

Bill Walton. If anybody thinks Collinsworth is a moron, wait until you hear Walton. He is the biggest idiot to ever sit in a broadcasting booth. Entirely unobjective and loves to play favorites...something a broadcaster should never do. I just cannot stand the guy.
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:06 am

Jim Rome is jackass, he thinks just because he has a cool voice, he owns the world and he is supreme.
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:12 am

How about Billy Packer who announces College Basketball games for CBS. He is an all out idiot.
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:22 am

Most may not know of him since there are only a few racing fans here, but...

Robin Miller from Speed Channel (ex-ESPN & Indianapolis Star writer). This guy has nothing but smart-assed, anti-NASCAR remarks whenever I see him on. If it's not that, it's arrogant commentary on other subjects. I've never heard anything "positive" out of him. I was hoping that we wouldn't hear from him once RPM2Night collapsed, but sadly Dave Despain had to pick him up for "Wind Tunnel"...gives me less of a reason to watch...the top 2 gasbags in racing on the same show. Good stuff!  Yeah sure

Honorable Mention goes to Dick Vitale.
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:35 am

Us330,

THANK YOU! I was worried that I found Bill Walton to be the most obnoxious commentator in the history of television...

He used to commentate for the Los Angeles Clippers, he would always say "Where would the Clippers be without Sean Rooks!". Sean who? Exactly. He is so full of hot air and crusted crap that I mute the TV every time I hear his obnoxious voice. At least his son can play good ball (for the Lakers too).

Best commentators?

- Vin Scully
- Chick Hearn (RIP)
- Bob Miller (L.A. Kings commentator)

Chick Hearn commentated 3,338 consective games, and was the only commentator that the Los Angeles Lakers ever had. He developed phrases like "slam dunk", "air ball", and "This game's in the refrigerator, etc.". Chick Hearn is a member of both the basketball hall of fame and the American Broadcasters hall of fame.

http://espn.go.com/classic/obit/s/2002/0805/1414492.html

Vin Scully is a legend himself, having broadcasted Dodgers games for over 50 seasons. "Vin Scully has the most musical voice in baseball. He doesn't have the clipped, old-time-radio cadence of most broadcasters who date back to the '50s and beyond. Although his timbre is thin, everything is smooth and rounded. The words slide into each other. He has flow. The melody rises and falls on the tide of the game. You can almost hum along to Vin Scully."

http://www.salon.com/people/bc/1999/10/12/scully/

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Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:52 am

Without a doubt, John Davidson.

If there is a hockey game on and he's doing that particular game, I turn the channel.

I can't stand him with his absurd comments.

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Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:59 am

I can only speak about the NFL, but these four idiots would get the axe.

Randy Cross. Biggest bandwagon announcer out there. Horrible.

Chris(tine) Collinsworth. Worthless as a player and an announcer.

Phil Simms. Very negative and an idiot.

Sean Salisbury. Was a total faliure as a quarterback and is ESPN's quaterback question go-to guy. Brian Griese is more respectable than this guy.

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Mon Mar 15, 2004 1:14 pm

John Davidson is a lot better than Darren Pang. If one of the teams' goalie is playing exceptionally well, he turns his commentary into a lovefest schoolboy type obsession with that goalie. I noticed that a few weeks back when the Thrashers were on ESPN2. All of a sudden Panger was going nuts for Pasi Nurminen, who is a decent goalie, but Panger made him sound like he was the next Patrick Roy or something. It got totally annoying, and this is coming from a Thrashers fan.
 
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Mon Mar 15, 2004 2:18 pm

Least favorite sports commentators: Ahmad Rashad, Bob Costas.

Least favorite atheletes: MJ, Karl Malone, Shaq-fu, and the New York Yankees.

Favorite sports commentators: Kenny Mayne, ESPN. Love that guy. David Feherty (golf commentator), think he's hilarious.

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Mon Mar 15, 2004 5:39 pm

I'll limit my responses to college basketball...

Just reading this thread makes me angry, because the three guys on my list pissed me off and put me in a sour mood for the better part of an otherwise good Sunday.

1) I totally agree with Usairwys757 - Billy Packer is a complete f*ckstick and needs to go. Now. He's so old, outdated, and a complete pain in the ass to listen to. I liked the verbal war between him and Martelli on the selection show, which the St. Joe's coach won, and by "won," I mean "exposed Packer as a dinosaur and a halfwit." Which leads me to...

2) Jim Nantz is tolerable as a studio host (his NFL duties) but he's a horrible commentator. His moronic comments and frontrunning (they both looooove whoever's got the lead) are almost unparalleled. He and Packer should walk into oncoming traffic.

3) Dukie-V. Even though he's done a lot for the game, and is almost an institution, Dick Vitale is simply full of sh*t, especially when he talks about "the great men and women of Duke," like the basketball players (in a group that includes Corey Maggette and Shavlik) are as academically talented as the students. Vitale is the exemplar of favoritism. Is it so tough for announcers to be partial?

This leads me to the "good announcers" group...

1) Ron Franklin. Extremely underrated man who calls college football and college basketball for ESPN. Knows his stuff and delivers it in a cool, crisp voice.

2) Raftery/McDonough/Bilas - They're like Nantz and Packer, but more talented. Raftery has a voice for the game without being too partial, McDonough is a solid play-by-play man, and Bilas provides expert analysis in clear, calm tones (see, I don't hate everyone from Duke).



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Mon Mar 15, 2004 8:50 pm

Trijetfan - Put down the crack pipe.

My pick goes to any Soccer announcer who feels the need to scream GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL on the extremely rare occasion one is actually scored.
 
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Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:41 am

KROC, you are a friggin liar! When have you (or anyone else) ever seen a goal scored in soccer?!? Big grin
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Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:18 am

My pick goes to any Soccer announcer who feels the need to scream GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL on the extremely rare occasion one is actually scored.

Amen. Soccer is the one sport in most dire need of a shot clock. Make it a 60 second clock - THEN I'll watch.

I'll join in on the Bill Walton bash. That guy has the personality of a dustpan.

His one phrase that he repeatedly beats into the ground? "That's TEEEEEEEERIBLE. That was a TEEEEEEEEEERIBLE play."

Of course he never used that when discussing his son's lackluster plays...  Insane
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Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:46 am

I can't believe nobody said Joe Theisman. He is terrible. All you ever hear was "back when I played".

The worst before that was Magic Johnson, he was painful to listen to but I think he did get fired.
 
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Tue Mar 16, 2004 4:15 am

Marv Albert's gotta go. "And it counts!!!!!"

Tom at MSY

PS:Best commentators?

- Vin Scully
- Chick Hearn (RIP)
- Bob Miller (L.A. Kings commentator)


Grew up in LA listening to these three. Any of the three are the best. Put all three together, and we LA sports fans were treated to the best group of announcers around.

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Tue Mar 16, 2004 8:01 am

My wish was already granted.

Rush ended up only doing one MNF game....thank god.
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Tue Mar 16, 2004 9:42 am

My rant about John Madden being so bad diluted thoughts about a favorite pick, and that would be Ernie Harwell, voice of the Detroit Tigers (semi retired a few years ago). Knows the game, great voice, announces perfectly and his "It's loooong gone" isn't abrasive.

Thanks, NormalSpeed, for reminding me what an insufferable ass Bob Costas looks and acts and sounds like. Another "thumbs down". Regards....Jack
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Tue Mar 16, 2004 9:46 am

I kind of like Collinsworth, I think he tells it like it is. Kind of like KROC's butt buddy Jim Rome.

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Tue Mar 16, 2004 10:58 am

Bill Walton, I hate lisening to him he is so biased.
 
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Tue Mar 16, 2004 11:13 am

"Trijetfan - Put down the crack pipe"


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