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Best Current NFL TV Broadcast Teams

Discussion in 'Our Errors are Mistakes: The Media Forum' started by Mugsy's Jock, Nov 28, 2018.


Who ya got?

  1. CBS: Nantz/Romo

    45 vote(s)
  2. CBS: Gumbel/Green

    11 vote(s)
  3. CBS: Eagle/Fouts (click this box at your own peril)

    1 vote(s)
  4. CBS: Harlan/Gannon

    25 vote(s)
  5. ESPN: Tessitore/Witten

    3 vote(s)
  6. FOX: Buck/Aikman

    28 vote(s)
  7. FOX: Burkhardt/Davis

    4 vote(s)
  8. FOX: Myers/Johnston

    3 vote(s)
  9. NBC: Michaels/Collinsworth

    62 vote(s)
  10. Some other pair (explain in the answer)

    0 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Mugsy's Jock

    Mugsy's Jock Longtime Member Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Time to check in...

    Yeah, everybody sucks and hates my favorite team. But as Conigliaro's Potential could tell you, it's not as easy a job as it seems.

    Pick two you like the most. Or hate the least.

    [I like Harlan/Gannon the most, and Michaels/Collinsworth next.]
    #1 Mugsy's Jock, Nov 28, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2018
  2. Seels

    Seels Member SoSH Member

    Best is collinsworth and Michaels .

    Worst is fouts. How do people pay fouts to day words ?
  3. glennhoffmania

    glennhoffmania but still failing Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    It's Michaels/Collinsworth and it's not very close. Michaels has certainly lost a few mph off his fastball over the years but he still calls a good game, doesn't get easily confused like most on that list, speaks coherently, and shows an understanding of the game and the rules. I think Collinsworth is a very good analyst.

    The ESPN team is a total joke. They're the worst MNF team I've ever seen. Nantz and Buck are extremely overrated, and while Romo is getting better he still isn't great; and Aikman sounds very confused a lot of the time.

    The rest aren't really worth commenting on.
  4. glennhoffmania

    glennhoffmania but still failing Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Just thought this was funny.
  5. 75cent bleacher seat

    75cent bleacher seat Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    I will always remember Ray Scott...from Wikipedia:

    Early life and career[edit]
    A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Scott began his broadcasting career on local radio in the late 1930s. More specifically, fellow announcer Bill McColgan, in his introduction of Ray Scott for the radio broadcast of the 1957 NFL Championship game, states that Ray started broadcasting when he was only 17 years old. His first NFL broadcasts came in 1953 over the DuMont network; three years later he began doing play-by-play on Packers broadcasts for CBS-TV,[1] and it was in Green Bay that his terse, minimalist style (e.g. : "Starr . . . Dowler . . . Touchdown, Green Bay.") developed its greatest following. Scott was also known for only occasionally using team names while broadcasting, more often identifying them by their city.

    Green Bay Packers and CBS Sports[edit]
    Scott was paired primarily with Tony Canadeo on Packers telecasts. As the team's play-by-play announcer, Scott broadcast Super Bowl I and II for CBS, along with the brutally cold "Ice Bowl" NFL championship game of 1967. In 1968, CBS ended its practice of assigning dedicated announcing crews to particular teams, and Scott was appointed to the network's lead NFL crew, teaming with Paul Christman (1968–69) and Pat Summerall (1970–73). During his tenure with CBS he called four Super Bowls, seven NFL (later NFC) championship games, and the 1961 Orange Bowl; he also called major college bowl games for ABC and NBC during this period.
  6. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I like Aikman and I'm okay with Buck
  7. Kliq

    Kliq Member SoSH Member

    I like Michaels, Collinsworth is smart but hasn't been the same to me since the "Tom, look me in the eyes..." moment during the Seattle Super Bowl. I find him just constantly pushing how great everything is all the time and nothing is ever bad. He can point out some in-depth stuff but he's also prone to hyperbole.

    I voted for Harlan and Gannon; I like Harlan a lot and Gannon is okay, but not anything special.

    Tirico might be the best play-by-play guy in the business but doesn't call a lot of games right now.
  8. luckiestman

    luckiestman Son of the Harpy SoSH Member

    Dennis Miller was better than all 3 of the MNF crew. They are awful.

    I like Al enough to get over my dislike of CC. Don’t like Buck but like Aikman

    Nantz and Jerry’s kid are ok too
  9. NortheasternPJ

    NortheasternPJ Member SoSH Member

    Tony Romo is the only broadcaster to ever make me mute a Patriots game. He's the worst.

    "ohh Jim, look at this!"
    "Jim, looks like a run! Let's see what they do here!"
    "oohhhh ahhhhhh ahhh ohh ahhh ahh i Think it's a fumble!"
    "Jim this is a pass coming up, look at the 1 on 1 coverage!!!!" - Nantz "Run up the middle for 5 yards"

    If he said half as many words i'd be fine, but he like listening to a 14 year old call a football game. He's got some great insight, he just needs to say half as much.

    Give me Harlan any day of the week and any color guy not Romo. I'd rather listen to Dierdorf. Almost everything he said was dumb, but he talked 30% of the time Romo does.

    Romo is as overrated as a broadcaster as he was underrated as a QB.
  10. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

    I like the non-Witten Cowboys
  11. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

    Although Romo at times has some good insight, he always sounds like he is a two pack a day smoker and his voice can be grating.

    I actually spent a day with Dan Fouts as the MC for a Super Bowl viewing corporate event with Dan Fouts as the analyst. He was kind of a dick. He did give me an autographed 8 x 10 of himself without me asking. It's at the bottom of a box somewhere in my closet.

    My wife is irritated by Cris Collinsworth. She thinks "definitive" is his favorite word. Do like Al Michaels a lot. Spent some time with him as well and is a genuinely nice guy.
  12. Nator

    Nator Member SoSH Member

    Michaels is the gold standard.

    I like Burkhardt for my second choice. He's got good pipes and is maybe a little more low-key than some would like, but that's refreshing in a world of PbP announcers trying to get their over-the-top play call audio immortalized after every 20+ yard gain.

    I also wish they'd find some one better for Ian Eagle. I think he's a fine announcer, but he's pulled into a vortex of suck by the pud they stick in the booth with him.
  13. allstonite

    allstonite Member SoSH Member

    My grandfather randomly asked me this during one of the Thanksgiving games. He used it as a jumping off point for a rant against Nantz, who he despises which was shocking because he's an old white golf fan. I said Michaels and Collinsworth despite CC's smarmyness and Seattle Super Bowl performance. I love Michaels

    -Romo is totally overrated in my opinion. I don't care that he tries to call the play because, sure, he gets it right sometimes. But he also gets it wrong and it's distracting.
    -I like Harlan and Gannon just fine. Nothing special but they don't bother me which is a plus, given some of the competition.
    -My grandfather's favorite announcer was Ian Eagle and I agree he's pretty good but he's saddled with Fouts.
    -Joe Buck partially won me over with his performances on Pardon My Take but I'm back to hating him. Him asking about a flag after Zeke jumped in the Salvation Army pot after a TD was obnoxious. It seemed like a joke at first but he kept going on about it. "I don't know Joe does that count as a prop?"
  14. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

    The real problem with these options are the analysts. The play by play are mostly pretty good. Michaels. Buck. Harlan. Eagle. By the color guys just suck. Collinsworth is the best of a bad batch but agree with the "look me in the eye" and everything is super duper awesome all the time. Aikman often sounds confused because he is often confused. Fouts LOL. Gannon is ok I guess. Trent Green meh. MNF tire fire.
  15. Vinho Tinto

    Vinho Tinto Member SoSH Member

    Al Michaels is still my favorite PBP, but Nantz has won me over the years. He calls a good game and tends to nail the big moments. I’d like him more if he gave up the final four gig. It ends up being a lot of Jim Nantz from Sept-April between the NFL, NCAA tournament, and the Masters.
  16. Bergs

    Bergs Member SoSH Member

    I went with Harlan/Gannon. Collinsworth used to be decent but he is unlistenably bad now. I do like Michaels, though.

    Also, the MNF option listed is bad enough, but the reality is that it's Tessitore/Witten/Mcfarland, not Tessitore/Witten. That is the worst team ever assembled to announce a football game at any level.
  17. bankshot1

    bankshot1 Member SoSH Member

    As (mostly) Patriots fans were spoiled, as we usualy get the "A" team. Having said that I'm sick of Nantz, as we've seen him seemingly every Sunday for the past two decades. Romo hasn't worn out his welcome yet (I thought Simms was terrible). I'd rate Michaels and Collingsworth the gold standard and then Buck and Aikman. I find my sensitivity to gaffes etc. are correlated with whether these teams are doing Pats game.

    Thanks God Breen doesn't do football.
  18. Light-Tower-Power

    Light-Tower-Power Member SoSH Member

    I think Greg Gumbel has one of the best voices in sports.
  19. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Jim Nantz is the most grating announcer in sports. He routinely ruins big moments, in a variety of sports. He annually makes the Masters (one of my favorite events in sports) harder to watch than it otherwise would be if he wasn't involved. He should go away, yesterday. He never will, however.

    I really like Buck. And Michaels is still incredible after all these years.
  20. NortheasternPJ

    NortheasternPJ Member SoSH Member

    He also has a picture of how he likes his toast cooked and when he goes out to breakfast gives the waiter a picture of the toast to bring to the cook to show them exactly like how he likes it cooked.
  21. luckiestman

    luckiestman Son of the Harpy SoSH Member

    You’re saying “also” but this sounds like a “but”

    “I hear what you’re saying about his broadcasting BUT listen to this awesome toast thing”
  22. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

    Love Nantz, but Buck-Aikman combo is better.
  23. Oil Can Dan

    Oil Can Dan Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Collinsworth is beyond awful now. He's wrong almost all of the time. I voted for Buck & Aikman.
  24. E5 Yaz

    E5 Yaz Transcends message boarding Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Poor Al

  25. Dollar

    Dollar Member SoSH Member

    I dream of a Michaels-Aikman broadcast booth. For now though, I voted Buck-Aikman.

    I think Aikman is by far the best analyst out there, and Buck is fine. Five years ago I would have taken Collinsworth, but he has started to really annoy me the past few years.
  26. Bergs

    Bergs Member SoSH Member

    Fouts wasn't as bad then as he is now, and I loved Dennis Miller before he took is real-life heel-turn. But your point is well-taken.
  27. axx

    axx lurker

    Surprised there's no "Mute Button" option.
  28. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    There are few things on this site that entertain me more than your hatred for Nantz.
  29. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    It is my lifelong goal to drive that guy from the Masters broadcast. I'm just not sure about how to go about it. The SoSH lobby isn't very powerful when it comes to grating, self important sports announcers.
  30. dcmissle

    dcmissle Deflatigator Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    What Al Michaels has done over 41 years of network announcing, and what he continues to do at age 74, is quite something. His first job in television was picking women contestants for The Dating Game. Figures. I love everything about the man.
  31. fiskful of dollars

    fiskful of dollars Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    It's Summerall - Madden in the mid 80's.
    Enberg - Olsen are second.

    Oh, and get off my LAWN!
  32. mikeot

    mikeot Member SoSH Member

    Buck-Aikman. Michaels lost me when he dissed Kerry on air during the ‘04 campaign and I still can’t stomach Nanz for all that Manning ballwashing.
  33. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    We should start with O'Brien and then move on to your big fish.
  34. Kliq

    Kliq Member SoSH Member

    I don’t mind Nantz since Manning retired; but the ballwashing during his final miracle season was ridiculous, Manning couldn’t throw the ball with any zip past ten yards and the announcers stepped around it at every point.

    During their first season together Nantz was clearly jealous of the attention Romo was getting and it created a tremendously entertaining dynamic.
  35. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Storm the barricades!
  36. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

    Nantz can die in a fire. I'm fully behind john on this one.
  37. Sox and Rocks

    Sox and Rocks Member SoSH Member

    I'm the only one who voted for Tessitore/Whitten. I stand by it. Tessitore is good.

    Harlan/Gannon are good, and so are Michaels and Collinsworth. Buck and Aikman are okay. Nantz and Romo are terrible, particularly Romo, who has good insight but exaggerates his voice and excitement level. Fouts is horrible.
  38. luckiestman

    luckiestman Son of the Harpy SoSH Member


    Witten is so bad he makes me hate Tess by association. That MNF production is a disaster.
  39. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Tess doesn't need any help being objectively horrible
  40. Byrdbrain

    Byrdbrain Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Holy crap Tessitore is absolutely awful and Whiten is almost as bad.
    I can’t stand Eagle/Fouts and I’d take them 100 games in a row if it meant I didn’t have to listen to Tess.
  41. The Social Chair

    The Social Chair Member SoSH Member

    Buck and Aikman. Michaels has lost his fastball and Collinsworth just gets on my nerves.

    Aikman is really vanilla but he doesn't bring the broadcast down. I thought their call of Pats/Falcons was really strong.
  42. Kliq

    Kliq Member SoSH Member

    I’ll remember after the Pats tied the game and Aikman just kind of let out a breath of amazement and said “You just never count Tom Brady out.” It means a little bit more when you can blow away the Hall of Famers like that.
  43. j-man

    j-man Member

    i was going to be a broadcaster if i did not develop chronic fatigue

    the fans would had enjoy my takes but teams would hate my picking them apart and no ball washing players
  44. glennhoffmania

    glennhoffmania but still failing Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I don't understand what the look me in the eye nonsense four years ago has to do with whether Collinsworth is a good announcer today. Either he is or he isn't. Whether he was mean to Brady has nothing to do with it. Collinsworth is easily the best analyst we've had in a while, only because Mike Mayock doesn't do games anymore for some reason. Aikman and Romo sounds like idiots in comparison.
  45. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

    Mike Mayock has a "law professor I told you so" tone that I despise outside of the draft.
  46. Marciano490

    Marciano490 Urological Expert SoSH Member

    I feel about sports broadcaster like I do about place kickers - how are there so few people in the country who can do a decent job at this? The only thing I enjoy is Michaels talking about betting.

    Edit - I wish Mauro Ranallo did football. I think he’s the best sports announcer of this generation. By far. The documentary on him was very interesting too.
  47. luckiestman

    luckiestman Son of the Harpy SoSH Member


    I might have asked you this before. Did you see when Crocop pranked him? Was that in the documentary?
  48. chilidawg

    chilidawg Member SoSH Member

    No love for Dick Stockton?

    Boy it's hard to give unqualified love to any of these pairs. MNF is truly awful. I voted Nantz/Romo because I like Romo and can put up with Nantz now that Manning is gone.
  49. kenneycb

    kenneycb Hates Goose Island Beer; Loves Backdoor Play SoSH Member

    I like Joe Buck. May be mental conditioning but games feel more important when he calls them. And he knows how to not step on the moment anymore, Vikings-Saints being a great example.
  50. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    I've got a million thoughts I could share in this regard, but I'll confine myself to a few:

    --Knowledge married with joie de vivre goes an awfully long way for me. Romo sounds like a giddy schoolboy at times, and Collinsworth's folksy "I don't know, Al..."-type delivery has been lampooned by Bill Simmons to great effect, but both guys are able to convince me each and every time out that they love the game and know the game inside out. (I voted Nantz/Romo and Michaels/Collinsworth in the poll.) In contrast, there are a few guys like Thom Brennaman out there who seem to aggressively dislike many of the games they're commentating on - Mark Lawrenson, the BBC soccer analyst, is another who springs readily to mind in this regard. It absolutely crushes my soul to hear that sort of attitude on the air.

    --Speaking as a commentator, the ability of fans - SoSHers included - to hold grudges against commentators frightens the hell out of me. I think it was Collinsworth who when being interviewed by Simmons said that fans of all 32 teams think he's biased against their team and/or biased toward their least favorite teams. I mean, I think Collinsworth's "I looked him in the eye..." stuff from the Super Bowl was a mistake, but some of you guys would derive so much more enjoyment from his work if you could forgive him for it.

    --Cognitive skills diminish over time. To address @chilidawg's above question, I never really rated Dick Stockton in the pantheon of great commentators myself - e.g., his call of Fisk's Game 6 homer in 1975 is one of the all-time worst calls of a great sporting moment (particularly the way he says "home run") - but it's clear to me that he's way below his peak. I think Michaels has slowed ever-so-slightly himself, but far less so than Stockton.

    --Speaking of Michaels, it amazes me how much he controls his voice during games: no good commentator says "touchdown" less excitably and in a lower-pitched tone relative to the rest of the words which came before it as often as he does. (Pat Summerall maybe did, back in the day; Joe Buck certainly did when he was younger, but not in a good way.) And yet, he does this without sounding any less enthusiastic than his peers, and without any condescension. I don't quite know how he does it, although it helps that he's got a great set of pipes. You compare Michaels against guys like Tessitore and Gus Johnson, who make getting a first down on 3rd and 6 seem analogous to landing on the moon...well, I don't even need to end that sentence, do I?

    --Joe Buck has gotten a *lot* better down the years. I think his voice is much harsher on the ears than Nantz's and Michaels', but I think he's now getting the most out of it, and his sense of humor can be really underrated at times.

    --"Gumbel/Green" in the poll should read "Gumbel/Green/Arians". (Greg Gumbel hasn't exactly been blessed with the best partners down the years, has he?)

    --I think about Randy Witten as a commentator the way I think about young quarterbacks operating in Jeff Fisher offenses: we'll never really know how good he is until he's got a new coaching staff and new talent around him. I wonder how he would have fared alongside Sean McDonough, who I rate very highly in all areas except at the very end of games when making the calls that people remember the most.

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