The top ten least favorite sportscasters list was so “discussion-provoking” that I decided to do a ten best sportscasters list. The one mistake I made on the worst list was not dividing it up into two parts: local sportscasters and national sportscasters.
There were too many omissions.
Even with this list now broken into two installments, there will still be plenty of omissions. So feel free to add in those who you believe were left out in the comments section. And of course, the sportscasters list is broken down as if it were a basketball team format. Basketball being the second best game ever invented.
No broadcast reporters who work for a network owned by a team or a league are eligible for this list, as those people are not journalists. You can’t be a journalist when you report on the very same entity that pays your salary. However, play-by-play and color analysts are eligible...
After this list, I think I’ll pass up future chances to write about these gentlemen below.
Unless they do something extremely newsworthy and very important, I’m likely never to mention these names again, because everything’s been said. If not by me, certainly by you. Or someone else. Simply put- these ten guys come on the air, I immediately switch the station — or hit the mute button.
That’s it. Nothing personal, just business.
And of course, making this list is in fact a very back-handed compliment. First, it shows you’re relevant enough that people who read this care deeply about who you are and what you do. Second, it shows that you have such a big presence that I find you overexposed.
And I just have little more to say. Just “turn it off. Like a light switch” (CC Book of Mormon
When Jim Nantz sat down next to me at the NFL
Media Luncheon in Mid-town Manhattan last week he greeted the table by saying “friends.”
Therefore, he said half of his trademark saying: “hello friends.” I’m assuming he was addressing Dan Marino
, Dan Fouts and Dan Dierdorf (yes, there was an excessive amount of Dans at my table) but I’d like to think I could be considered a friend now.
After all, a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.
Jim Nantz was as cordial, friendly and accommodating as one could be when I conducted this interview and he sounded excited to be calling coming here to Chicago when the Bears
open the season versus the Cincinnati Bengals
. Nantz joins Phil Simms
to form the CBS lead announce team. He's been in the top pairing since 2004, and with the network since 1985.
And yes, The Master’s came up during our discussion. As it is “a tradition unlike any other,” the second phrase most associated with Jim Nantz...
Time to talk Jay Cutler
, Marc Trestman
and the Chicago Bears
And talk these topics with the biggest and best pundits in the business. I recently attended the NFL
Media Luncheon in New York City. It was held at “The Black Rock,” the CBS Building in Mid-town Manhattan. It was a chance to have lunch with CBS’s lead announce pairing of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
, as well as NFL Legends: Dan Marino
, Dan Fouts, Dan Dierdorf, Rich Gannon, Shannon Sharpe
, Greg Gumbel, Bill Cowher and Bart Scott
I’ll have much more with Simms
later; he was the star of the Media Day as he regaled us with his hilarious, spot on impersonation of Bill Parcells and made sure that we write-up some of his quotes in the manner of “Simms noted with extreme sarcasm.” He’ll be here, along with Nantz for week one to call Bears versus the Cincinnati Bengals
, who I have already made my Super Bowl Champion pick.
So I’ll have much more with both Nantz and Simms, as there’s a lot of audio to go through, and a lot of it is gold. And we still have 10 days till the Bears and Bengals kick off the NFL season. In the meantime, here’s what the talking heads had to say about Cutler, Trestman, the Bears et al.
All interviews are exclusives...
I know it’s hard to think about college basketball
when a.) it’s so freakin hot outside and b.) college football
appetizers are served tomorrow night, with the main course just two days after that. However, the Big Ten
announced its 2013-14 basketball conference schedule, with at least 49 games to be televised by CBS
Sports or an ESPN
Network. Remaining network assignments will be announced at a later date.
Obviously, this will be highly subject to change, depending on how the teams perform, but if you want to grab your day planner and write down what you want to do in February and March, yes on a Late August afternoon, I won’t stop you.
I’m certainly not expecting you to do that, but I won’t stop you either. Let’s look at where the Illini
Greg Gumbel is the third man to serve as both host and play-by-play announcer for a Super Bowl (the first two were Dick Enberg and Al Michaels). He hosted Super Bowls XXVI, XXX, and XXXII before calling Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII. Jim Nantz became the fourth man to join this elusive group after he called Super Bowl XLI for CBS.
Greg Gumbel is the older brother of news and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel (although Bryant has been in the broadcasting game for three more years). Greg is the first African-American announcer ever to call play-by-play of a major league sports championship in the United
States when he announced Super Bowl XXXV for the CBS
network in 2001. He was born in Louisiana but raised in Chicago.
Both Gumbels attended De La Salle Institute (same high school that produced Mayor Daley) and grew up in Hyde Park. Greg Gumbel did all his socializing on the North Side while living on the South Side (the same Hyde Park neighborhood as Muhammad Ali). He later lived in Lakeview, just off Lake Michigan
at Melrose between Broadway and Sheridan. Greg Gumbel also resided at Edgewater Beach apartments.
Bryant Gumbel told Greg Gumbel about an opening at WMAQ-TV NBC
5 in Chicago, and that sports reporter job was how Greg got his first gig.
I had an exclusive with Greg Gumbel at NFL
on CBS Media Day. Very honored to have him as today's CSMW interview guest...
The 1985 Chicago Bears
are considered to be the best football team in history by many NFL
experts. And those football gurus that don’t consider them to be the best overall team ever still believe that the ’85 Bears had the best NFL defense in history.
However, Dan Marino
is the one quarterback who beat that defense. He’s the one signal caller that figured out the ’85 Bears 46 Zone and how to get past it. The ’85 Bears still captivate the hearts and minds of this city like no other team. And Marino’s Dolphins were the only team that kept them from reaching perfection.
Marino is one of the greatest passers in the history of the game, and an analyst for the NFL on CBS
. He returns to CBS on September 8th, for The NFL Today, a pregame show now in its 46th season. This will be the 54th year that CBS has covered the NFL. Marino will be joined this season by Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher; with James Brown anchoring. NFL.com ranked the greatest players in the history of the game after the 2009 season, Dan Marino placed 25th.
I had an exclusive with Marino at NFL on CBS Media Day where I asked him how he beat the ’85 Bears and what he thinks of the Bears chances this season...
Mateen Cleaves, a first round NBA draft pick is presently a sports commentator for CBS Sports Network’s “Inside College Basketball” and Fox Sports “Detroit’s Pistons Live.” Additionally, the former Pistons lottery pick hosts SiriusXM Radio’s sports talk shows “College Sports Today” and “NBA Off the Dribble.” Inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in... Read more »
What went down at Penn State was the college football story of the year in 2011-12. Actually, it’s the most important sports story of the 2010s thus far. The Penn State child rape scandal is so much more than just a scandal and a cover-up; it’s all encompassing. And today, I find it bizarre that... Read more »
The University of Illinois
and the Chicago White Sox
will soon share a broadcast partnership. WSCR Chicago is home to radio broadcasts of all White Sox
games; WSCR 670 AM will also carry Illini
basketball starting in 2013-14 and football in 2014. (STEAKS AND CAKES!)
The logo of WSCR 670 The Score is blue and orange for a reason. All CBS
owned radio stations adopt the colors of their local NFL
team for the station logos. Obviously, WSCR got it’s colors from the Chicago Bears
. Papa Bear Halas brought the colors with him to the Bears
from the Illini