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(Sports Illustrated)   SI lists 10 best NFL announcers. So is #1 supposed to be better than #10 or is #10 supposed to be higher than #1? Could go either way   (nfl.si.com) divider line 46
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2014-02-08 09:57:41 AM
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2014-02-08 10:16:36 AM
Try reading TFA article, subby.
 
2014-02-08 10:17:26 AM

John Buck 41: Try reading TFA article, subby.


FFM
 
2014-02-08 10:19:11 AM

John Buck 41: John Buck 41: Try reading TFA article, subby.

FFM


FTFY
 
2014-02-08 10:26:35 AM
For being mildly mentally retarded, Phil Simms should be proud to even be on the list. No subby, there is no way that Nantz-Simms is #1.
 
2014-02-08 10:27:32 AM
Aikman is pretty awesome and unbiased for an ex-Cowboy star.
 
2014-02-08 10:28:15 AM
If you can't say Alshon Jeffery instead of Alshon Jefferies, you shouldn't be on the list.
 
2014-02-08 10:44:03 AM

JohnnyRebel88: Aikman is pretty awesome and unbiased for an ex-Cowboy star.



yeah, mushmouthing "joe, that's right", "that's a good point, Joe", "i agree, Joe", "joe, that's a great point, joe", "i think you're right, joe" 25 times a game is pretty awesome.

does Collinsworthless still do that "i'm not so sure" doubletalk?  i don't think i hear it as much as i used to.  "i'm not so sure that he didn't not get his feet in, "i;m not so sure that that wasn't the wrong call" etc.  god he used to annoy the fark out of me with that.  but i'm not so sure.
 
2014-02-08 10:45:28 AM
It appears that Sports Illustrated and I have very different opinions about NFL broadcasters.
 
2014-02-08 10:48:27 AM
No Joe Buck.  No Joe Buck.  No Joe Buck.  No Joe Buck.  *Reads article*  Eh, I'm okay with putting "he with circumcision mark on neck" at 7.

For the Super Bowl, HWCMON tried to do a parody of home much people hate him...it made me hate him more.  I'm glad the game was over by half so I wouldn't have to listen to him any more.

/I don't like Joe Buck
 
2014-02-08 10:56:35 AM
I do not envy any of these guys their jobs.  At all.  That said, Simms is...yeah, a bit dim; Aikman is WRONG (read in Dana Carvey "McLaughlin Group" voice); and Collinsworth is more loaded than I am come kickoff time.  Which is generally pretty freaking loaded.

Still, though, like I said, I don't honestly think I'd fare much better.  I'm not paid to, but still, I'd guess it's harder than it seems.
 
2014-02-08 11:01:53 AM

JohnnyRebel88: Aikman is pretty awesome and unbiased for an ex-Cowboy star.


You've obviously never listened to him announce a Packer game
 
2014-02-08 11:05:50 AM

ten foiled hats: I do not envy any of these guys their jobs.  At all.  That said, Simms is...yeah, a bit dim; Aikman is WRONG (read in Dana Carvey "McLaughlin Group" voice); and Collinsworth is more loaded than I am come kickoff time.  Which is generally pretty freaking loaded.

Still, though, like I said, I don't honestly think I'd fare much better.  I'm not paid to, but still, I'd guess it's harder than it seems.


Give 99.99% of people who think "I could do that" a mic and a tape recorder and have them call the game. The results would be painful to listen to.
 
2014-02-08 11:08:15 AM

Jack_Knopf: No Joe Buck.  No Joe Buck.  No Joe Buck.  No Joe Buck.  *Reads article*  Eh, I'm okay with putting "he with circumcision mark on neck" at 7.

For the Super Bowl, HWCMON tried to do a parody of home much people hate him...it made me hate him more.  I'm glad the game was over by half so I wouldn't have to listen to him any more.

/I don't like Joe Buck


Please, the preferred nomenclature in Farkdom is "Shoepisser."
 
2014-02-08 11:15:48 AM
I need Shannon Sharpe and Michael Irvin to call a game together with Emmitt Smith as the sideline reporter.  Please make this happen NFL.
 
2014-02-08 11:20:18 AM

ChrisDe: It appears that Sports Illustrated and I have very different opinions about NFL broadcasters.


As do a great, great many people.

10. Nantz/Simms - Nantz is beyond phony, and Simms is about as dumb as Aikman.
9.  Gumbel/Dierdorff - Dierdorff, for all the grief he got, really wasn't *that* bad when taken in the context of every other major color guy.  Interesting to see who gets bumped up to this spot next year.
8.  Albert/Johnston - I'm not a fan of ANY Albert, and this team gets a penalty for the stupidity that is Goose.
7. Shoepisser/Capt. Concussion - Nuff ced.
6.  Harlan/Wilcotts - Not flashy, but not bad.
5. Nessler/Maycock - Not particularly impressed by them.  But I don't hear them enough (see any rant I've ever given about TNF) and so I'm not as biased as I feel I could be against them.
4. Tirico/Gruden - THAT GUY sucks. THAT GUY makes me go to bed early on Mondays. He makes me miss Theissman and Jaws.  And that should make him feel bad.
3.  Burkhardt/Lynch - I'm okay with them.
2.  Eagle/Fouts - Seriously? You let anything with Fouts inovolved near #2??  Grade A Douche he is.
1.  Michaels/Collinsworth - If only for the comedic factor of figuring out how drunk Collinsworth is at the time.  Otherwise, yes.

As for the rest, as I usually never get lower than #3 team due to being in Patriots and Giants territories for national broadcasts, I can't tell you too much.    I think Mac/Task aren't that bad from what I remember, and I might be tempted to even go in for Stockton/Barber, as I don't think I've ever heard Barber yet and really like Stockton.
 
2014-02-08 11:20:47 AM

coolio mack: I need Shannon Sharpe and Michael Irvin to call a game together with Emmitt Smith as the sideline reporter.  Please make this happen NFL.


no love for Tracy Morgan?   IMA GET ERRBODY PREGNANT
 
2014-02-08 11:21:47 AM

coolio mack: I need Shannon Sharpe and Michael Irvin to call a game together with Emmitt Smith as the sideline reporter.  Please make this happen NFL.


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2014-02-08 11:25:25 AM

coolio mack: I need Shannon Sharpe and Michael Irvin to call a game together with Emmitt Smith as the sideline reporter.  Please make this happen NFL.


With special in booth guest Mike Tyson?!
 
2014-02-08 11:25:53 AM

coolio mack: I need Shannon Sharpe and Michael Irvin to call a game together with Emmitt Smith as the sideline reporter.  Please make this happen NFL.


And Deion "Shabacle" Sanders.
 
2014-02-08 11:27:07 AM
Mayock is annoying as hell.  Please bring back Dick Enberg and the ghost of Merlin Olsen.
 
2014-02-08 11:28:43 AM
www.pastapadre.com

Hey NFL, miss me yet?
 
2014-02-08 11:29:16 AM
To me the biggest problem with announcers is no 3-man crew. Two people just get stuck on a conversation. Frank Giffords didn't say much, but he could redirect a conversation during a dull game or add a different bit of history. 
I like how Siragusa is on the field, but always part of the broadcast.
 
2014-02-08 11:30:24 AM

7th Son of a 7th Son: [www.pastapadre.com image 500x241]

Hey NFL, miss me yet?


If that is Gus Johnson YES. 

/ONE MAN TO BEAT......OOOOOOHHHH!!!!
 
2014-02-08 11:35:48 AM
I'll say that Buck, er, Shoepisser isn't the worst thing ever in football.

He does remain the worst thing ever in baseball.  Augh.
 
2014-02-08 11:42:14 AM

Dafatone: He does remain the worst thing ever in baseball. Augh.



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/monotone
 
2014-02-08 11:51:27 AM

bionicjoe: 7th Son of a 7th Son: [www.pastapadre.com image 500x241]

Hey NFL, miss me yet?

If that is Gus Johnson YES. 

/ONE MAN TO BEAT......OOOOOOHHHH!!!!


Yep. That's Gus. My all time favorite call he ever did was when the Jags beat the Texans on a hail mary. Grover Quinn jumped up and batted the ball down right into the arms of Mike Thomas. I'm surprised that Florida didn't become an island after that Gusgasm
 
2014-02-08 11:59:44 AM
I might be the only person on the internets that enjoys Gruden & Tirico -- and the paragraph in the article nails why I like them. Tirico is a little boring, but he's got a good knack for play-by-play. And Gruden's commentary is infectious, or infectious -- depending on your interpretation of the word :D
 
2014-02-08 12:06:02 PM
The only thing to do with a Joe Buck broadcast is to turn off the sound!
 
2014-02-08 12:18:15 PM
I can't argue with #1. Michaels is the stereotype consummate professional and damnit, I don't care HOW drunk he is, I like Collinsworth!

Let's expand the list from current to all-time. Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis!
 
2014-02-08 12:38:07 PM
oryx : The only thing to do with a Joe Buck broadcast is to turn off the sound!

Amen to that. Although Fox sports persists in cutting away from the action multiple times in the games to show pictures of him and Aikman, so one cannot escape him entirely. While people claim that it's the monotone and lack of enthusiasm that annoys them, that's only half the story on this supercilious little prick. The guy not only makes the most inane comments all though out the broadcast, he draws Aikman into them, so instead of listening to comments on the game we are listening to some trivial horsesh*t that the old shoepisser brought up. I listened to Aikman when Buck called the baseball world series, and he was good. It's Buck that's bringing down the level of the broadcast to the point where the sound has to be turned off.

This is the second Superbowl where we watched it with the sound off, turning the sound on during the commercials.
Fox Sports is a national disgrace for forcing this smarmy sh*thead on America. There was a Fark thread on Buck the morning of the Superbowl which hinted that he might have been assaulted by people who hate him; I was keenly disappointed to find out it was just a joke.

/Isn't Chris Burke the mentally challenged actor? When did he start writing for SI?
// It figures the old shoepisser would be a big hit with the mongoloids.
 
2014-02-08 12:44:12 PM
Al Michaels is fantastic. Collinsworth is really, really, really, really awful
 
2014-02-08 12:54:03 PM
Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth are about the only tolerable announcers on tv.

They're simply fantastic and I thoroughly enjoy listening to them every week.

/But seriously, even though I'm a HUGE Steelers fan... you really don't need to tell us 150 times a season that Steelers vs Ravens is awesome. We know. Stop telling us.
 
2014-02-08 01:20:19 PM
I would put Brian Billick right near the top.  Very, very smart football mind, and he doesn't dumb it down for the broadcast audience.  I want to get some extra insight and knowledge of the game, not just have the announcers tell me what I can see with my own eyes.
 
2014-02-08 02:10:56 PM

rickythepenguin: JohnnyRebel88: Aikman is pretty awesome and unbiased for an ex-Cowboy star.


yeah, mushmouthing "joe, that's right", "that's a good point, Joe", "i agree, Joe", "joe, that's a great point, joe", "i think you're right, joe" 25 times a game is pretty awesome.

does Collinsworthless still do that "i'm not so sure" doubletalk?  i don't think i hear it as much as i used to.  "i'm not so sure that he didn't not get his feet in, "i;m not so sure that that wasn't the wrong call" etc.  god he used to annoy the fark out of me with that.  but i'm not so sure.


I'm not so sure, you're not in fact, not talking about Dan Dierdorf.

I mean, how can't you not, not talk about him?

/the king of the double and triple negatives
 
2014-02-08 02:18:20 PM

7th Son of a 7th Son: [www.pastapadre.com image 500x241]

Hey NFL, miss me yet?


No.

Sure, he can hype up even the most basic of plays, but he became extremely grating as a one-note play by play guy.


As for color guys, I've said this before on a similar thread a few months back, but there is nobody better in the NFL.


His uncanny ability to break down plays, and walk the viewer through not just WHAT happened, but HOW that happened is second to none.  It's because of him I often spend games watching the line play, and what's going on in the 2nd level more than following the ball.

He's great not only for the well versed viewer, but also for the casual fans.  Even my wife (who hates sports), thought one particular play Collinsworth broke down was really well done.
 
2014-02-08 03:02:06 PM

John Buck 41: I can't argue with #1. Michaels is the stereotype consummate professional and damnit, I don't care HOW drunk he is, I like Collinsworth!

Let's expand the list from current to all-time. Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis!


As I watched Super Bowls IX & X before XLVIII last week, I'll have to agree.
 
2014-02-08 03:03:12 PM
The world would have been a better place if, on a summer night in 1968, Jack Buck had simply chosen to screw his girlfriend instead of his wife.
 
2014-02-08 03:46:29 PM
As a Broncos fan this pains me to say but Fouts is great. He reads defenses like the ex-QB he is and explains complex stuff very simply.

Best color commentator I've ever seen is Chris Spielman. I saw him predict a fake field goal while the players were still on the sidelines, based on the fact that the holder was talking a lot to the special teams coach. So awesome.
 
2014-02-08 08:24:25 PM
And that is why I listen to the radio guys.  Have TV announcers ever been competent?
 
2014-02-08 09:11:21 PM
F*ck it....I like Gruden.  There, I said it.
 
2014-02-08 11:40:15 PM

gonzoduke: JohnnyRebel88: Aikman is pretty awesome and unbiased for an ex-Cowboy star.

You've obviously never listened to him announce a Packer game


Cue the sad trombone.
 
2014-02-09 12:08:37 AM

Saiga410: And that is why I listen to the radio guys.  Have TV announcers ever been competent?


That hasn't always been true.  Grew up listening to Jack Brickhouse and Irv Kupcinet doing the Bears games on the radio.  You had to watch the TV broadcast, because what they were describing, wasn't always what was happening on the field.  There was a theory held by some, that they weren't at the game at all, but in Brickhouse's basement, with a pitcher of martinis, watching game on the TV, and making shiat up for 3 hours every Sunday afternoon.
 
2014-02-09 12:24:43 AM

zimbomba63: Saiga410: And that is why I listen to the radio guys.  Have TV announcers ever been competent?

That hasn't always been true.  Grew up listening to Jack Brickhouse and Irv Kupcinet doing the Bears games on the radio.  You had to watch the TV broadcast, because what they were describing, wasn't always what was happening on the field.


This guy was a gem. I feel bad for you if you never heard him call a game.
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2014-02-09 02:41:34 PM
Most color guys are annoying but Phil Simms makes me want to take an icepick to my ears, he never ever shuts up.
 
2014-02-09 09:36:04 PM
CC & Al Michaels are so far in 1st place any idiot can get the list the right way just by reading it. I do admit though, 9-2 is a bit confusing.

Not really that the tandems are so bad, just some of the guys.

Joe Buck, Jon Gruden, Tirico, Phil Simms, those guys are horrible. Ok so one team is super horrible, MNF (which I refuse to watch unless the Saints are on).
 
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