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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.85
Dr. Z is not a happy man this year and it shows in his TV commentator rankings.

5 STARS
-None

4 1/2 STARS
-Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan (FOX)

4 STARS
-Ron Pitts and Tony Boselli (FOX)

3 1/2 STARS
-Al Michaels and John Madden (NBC)

3 STARS
-Cris Collinsworth, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Tom Hammond, Bryant Gumbel (NFL NETWORK)
-Dick Stockton and Brian Baldinger (FOX)
-Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon (CBS)

2 1/2 STARS
-Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf (CBS)
-Jim Nantz and Phil Simms (CBS)
-Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots (CBS)
-Dick Enberg and Randy Cross (CBS)
-Kenny Albert, Darryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa (FOX)

2 STARS
-Joe Buck and Troy Aikman (FOX)
-Don Criqui or Bill Macatee and Steve Beuerlein (CBS)

1 1/2 to 1 STARS
-J.C. Pearson and Matt Vasgersian or Matt Devlin (FOX)
-Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker (CBS)

1/2 STAR
-Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Tony Kornheiser (ESPN)

And Dr. Z, of course, rails about the single-worst aspect of ESPN's MNF...


    The guests that are brought in are absolute abominations, with poor Tirico valiantly pleading to be allowed to squeeze in a brief mention of what's going on down on the field in between Russell Crowe's yacking about his rugby team, or Drew Carey telling us about his love of Cleveland -- that's the city, not the team. How about Vince Vaughn giving us his whole spiel as the Broncos, down by three, are fighting to send the Packers game into OT? Or Deanna Favre, presenting us with Brett Favre clutter, his "impish qualities," that went, nonstop, from 7:15 left in the first half 'til the two-minute warning?

    And in Bristol, the ESPN guys smile at the incredible naivet of one small voice in New Jersey that doesn't have a clue about how money is made via network TV.


The nail is hit on the head. Another good read from Dr. Z this year.




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It saddened me to see Gus Johnson so low on the list, but from what I've read elsewhere (since, not being a Bills fan, I've never seen him call a game) he really doesn't do that great of calling football. Almost too much excitement; not enough telling you the particulars.

I remember listening to Joe Buck on Cardinals Radio in the mid 90s and swooning at his awesomeness. Now he's Dullsville, USA. He lets Fox produce him waaaay too much.



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    Originally posted by PeterStork
    It saddened me to see Gus Johnson so low on the list, but from what I've read elsewhere (since, not being a Bills fan, I've never seen him call a game)


For you.

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.21
Is it really fair that Dr. Z ranks them all by teams? For example, it's criminal that Bryant Gumbel is lumped into the three-star group just by riding Collinsworth's coattails when Gumbel is by far the worst announcer of all on this list. Even Kornheiser sounds like he's at least having fun, which is more than I can say for Bryant.



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You didn't include the link? Shaaaaame.

Click Here (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Is it really fair that Dr. Z ranks them all by teams?

I thought he did a good job pointing out when specific announcers dragged the team down. Besides, it's not supposed to be fair; the rankings reflect Dr. Z's biases. In general, he wants to see the analyst dissect the line play, the play-by-play guy to identify players entering/exiting and also do a good job of spotting, plus both guys to offer substantive insight, no platitudes and not talk over the game. Add in bitter and opinionated and you've got the announcer rankings. For that matter, if you add in some anecdotes about wine, then you also have his typical column.
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No, but he'll be going to Andy Reid, who had Kolb looking like enough of a world beater so he could pawn him off to AZ... Actually now, I'd like to see what he could get for Cassel after building him up for a season. I think Smith will do fine.
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