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Guess I will go the homer route and say Gary Dolphin. Love some Gus Johnson when he did college basketball.
Marv Albert, and Doug Collins for me. I'm hoping Doug comes back now since he left Philly.
"A good burn is like good sex. It's simple, to the point, and leaves your victim totally destroyed."--Kenny Drebsen
For the NFL, it's Mike Mayock, hands down. For college football, Mayock also does Notre Dame games, so technically it'd be him for that too. But for variety, I'll go with Chris Spielman. I can't stand the vast majority of college basketball announcers. Clark Kellogg or Jay Bilas probably get the nod here. For NBA announcers, I know I'm biased, but I have NBA League Pass and haven't heard a broadcasting duo that even approaches the level of Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn for the Celtics. For the national broadcasts, I thought Chris Webber and Doug Collins were both pretty good calling games. I like Marv Albert because his voice lends itself to a big game atmosphere.
Quick aside, but that's unbelievable that Collins was urged to resign. The Andrew Bynum fiasco wasn't his fault whatsoever, and that's the major reason they struggled so much this year. He's one of the better coaches in the league at this point, IMO. He outcoached Doc Rivers badly in the playoffs last year.
My favorite of all time is the late Harry Caray. I was able to meet him once and he was truly a fans fan.
I also liked Vin Scully. Used to love when he and Joe Garagiola did NBC game of the week on Saturday afternoons.
For Hawkeye football I grew up listening to Bob Brooks or the "Big Shoe" Ron Gonder in CR, and while I like Dolph, it was just never the same. Eddie P. is great to listen to also.
probably Pam Ward, he's awesome
Dicky V baby!
Mayock is great. One guy that I've really come around on is Chris Collinsworth. Used to think he was a smug asshat. But the guy has really stepped his game up in the last few years. I think he does a great job.
One of my all time favorites is Keith Jackson.
I'm not a big hockey fan but pound for pound I don't think anyone is better at their craft than Mike Emrick.
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1) Sean McDonough (just think he's super prepared and does a great job, most of time) Maybe because of Micah Hyde call at Bowl game.
2) Marty Brenneman for baseball
3) Chris Spielman is really good
4a) Sam Ponder
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
I agree about Jackson. Similar to Marv Albert in basketball, Jackson's voice just really added to the big game feel of whatever game you were watching.
I actually can't stand Collinsworth. I know he's probably a bigger name than Mayock, but it doesn't make sense to me how Mayock doesn't have Collinsworth's job if he wants it.
I was just thinking of TV broadcasters, but Marty truly is one of the best in the business if we're counting radio guys as well. I've been listening to his broadcasts my whole life.
Quick spin-off since I'm thinking of it.
My least favorite is that douche canoe Hawk from the stoopid White Sox. Every time I hear puuuut it on the board, I pray for a sniper to shoot him in the voice box.
I'd rather touch a midget than listen to that tool
That is the way I feel about DIcky V. He is an ACC hack.
For you NBA fans, what do you think about Hubie Brown? I know a lot of people that think he's great, but I think he's awful. He has decent knowledge of the game, but I don't like the way he communicates it, and he constantly goes on these long monologues while totally ignoring the action on the floor.
It always feels like he is rooting for one of the teams and not the other.
In sport that can lack some action some time like college basketball I need a little entertainment while watching games that's why I like Dick V. Jeff Van Gundy is the same type of announcer in the NBA although I think he knows more basketball then Dick. I want some Charles Barkley calling games
On that end, I think he just roots for both teams to play well - run their sets, execute and hit open shots. It does sound like he's rooting for certain things to happen, but I think it mainly just comes from a place of wanting there to be a high level of play in the league. He should definitely explain that at some point, though, because if only one team is playing well, then it really comes across like he's rooting for that team.
But there are a lot of people that know the game just as well - if not better - than he does, and they'd be much smoother and viewer-friendly on air. Not sure why Brown is still on air.
Doc Emrick. He's currently the best in all sports.
I personally like Dolph, but understand why some folks don't.
And whoever the guy is for the NBA on TNT, like the main guy, I really like him too. He does some college bball during the madness, and knows what he's doing. I don't watch the NBA though, so I never listen to him.
For football, this is tough, as I don't really like anybody. Probably Chris Spielman though. I'd say Gus too but he's too over the top all the time, it gets annoying.
I think he does some TV for FoxSPorts midwest, or something for baseball?
And really, the late Ron Santo covering the Cubs was priceless, many times.
Do you mean the main guy in the studio? That'd be Ernie Johnson. Or are you referring to one of the in-game broadcasters? Could it be Kevin Harlan? I think he's pretty good too.
I actually don't know, since I never watch the NBA. I think it might be Johnson, does he ever do games also? Maybe last year? I'm not sure.
In my world there is no favorite. Let's start with the hated ones. Dicky V annoying or worse, Baby! .
I hate Clark Kellog. Why in the world do they let him do OSU games?
Can you name a decent BTN announcer that you like? I can't.
And so on.
That's my take.
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No, Johnson just sticks to the studio. He has a great chemistry with Barkley and Kenny Smith.
Color: Nantz. Go Coogs.
PBP: Gus Johnson
Honorable Mention: Mayock, Gruden
Van Gundy and Barkley doing a game together would be the dream team. I find both of those guys highly entertaining.
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