By: Will Leitch
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Over the past two decades, however, too many play-by-play guys–even some of the biggest names–have become motormouthed hacks whose egos are perpetually on display. They pepper their commentary with a constant flow of inane banter and irrelevant pop culture references—anything to get more air time. It’s enough to make any fan watch a whole game on mute. In the name of taking back televised sports, we hereby call out these 10 broadcasters as the worst of the worst—and beg TV execs to muzzle them before viewers revolt.
He said it: “Not only do you get a first down but you get a whole new set of downs!”
He said it: “A maestro is Nate Robinson, his virtuosity overwhelming the Blazers now. The grandeur, the splendor, the majesty of the little man, slicing between a couple of Blazers.”
He said it: Patrick: “I’ve got an important question.” Blackledge: “Go ahead.” Patrick: “What’s Britney doing with her life?” Blackledge: “Who?” Patrick: “Britney.” Blackledge: “Britney who?” Patrick: “Spears. What’s she doing with her career?” Blackledge: “Why do we care at this point? Is she here?” She wasn’t. But that didn’t stop Patrick from baring his weird soul.
He said it: When Charlie Rose asked if Packer wanted help with the 2007 finals: “You always fag out on that one for me. You always say you’ll be the runner, then you never show up.”
6. Bill Walton
He said it: “When I look at Boris Diaw, I think of Beethoven and the age of Romantics.”
He said it: “The Patriots...come back on the field for the first time this evening.”
He said it: “Go to my Web site, Dick Vitale dot com! You can get my bobblehead and my books and also an alarm clock to wake you up!”
3. Joe Morgan
He said it: “Anytime you’re trying to make statistics tell you who’s gonna win the game, that’s a bunch of geeks trying to play video games.” News flash: Those geeks are your audience.
2. Chip Caray
He said it: Of the Andy Pettitte, Fausto Carmona duel in the 2007 ALDS: “You can’t get better postseason pitching than we’ve seen tonight.” Oh, yeah? How about Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Chip?
Chip also made our list of worst baseball announcers.
1. Chris Berman
He said it: Caught on-camera in 2000 just before Monday Night Football returned from commercial: “Why does everybody all of a sudden have to move? You’ve got two fucking hours to move around. Wait 10 minutes. Jesus!...It’s like no one has worked on TV here before! Jesus!”