NFL football is just about always fun to watch, but the experience can be heightened or denigrated depending on who the announcers are. Since I know many of you are football watchers, I’m curious to hear who you think are the best NFL broadcasters. Here are the nominees; I’ll give my take at the bottom.
Best In-Game Broadcast Team
1. CBS: Nance and Simms
2. NBC: Michaels and Madden
3. FOX: Buck and Aikman
4. ESPN: Tirico, Theisman, and Kornheiser
Now breaking up the teams…
Best Play-by-Play Guy
Best Color Commentator/Analyst
Best Halftime/Pregame Squad
1. CBS: JB, Esiason, Shannon Sharpe, Marino
2. NBC: Costas, Collinsworth, Bettis, Sterling Sharpe
3. Fox: Menefee, Bradshaw, Johnson, and Long
4. ESPN: Berman, Jackson, Irvin, Young et al.
Your Dream Team
You tell me!
Best In-Game Team: Buck and Aikman. This is an upset; Michaels and Madden are classic, but I find Joe Buck’s voice to be the right amount of comedy and enthusiasm, and as much as I dislike the Cowboys, Aikman makes pretty insightful comments while avoiding the former-player idiocy. Madden and Michaels are edged out due to Madden’s lack of useful commentary.
Play-by-Play: Al Michaels. He’s got such a great voice, he’s always apropos, and he gets excited at the right times. He’s the best.
Color Commentator/Analyst: Tony Kornheiser a.k.a. the salvation of MNF on ESPN. I love him and Wilbon on PTI, and he always manages to make comments germane to the action on the field as well as the national scene. Aikman’s #2. Simms is dead last.
Halftime/Pregame Squad: This is too easy: ESPN by a mile. Even with that loud-mouthed idiot Michael Irvin always around, the professionalism, humor, intelligent conversation, and overall enjoyableness of this group is unparalleled, thanks mostly to Berman and TJ, who are a great tandem. NBC’s is second despite Bettis; CBS is so far back that one can barely see it—JB is only guy on there worth a dime.
Nathan’s Dream Team: In booth: Al Michaels, Tony Kornheiser, and Mike Wilbon. Who wouldn’t watch?! At halftime: ESPN crew minus Irvin. In fact, ban him from TV altogether.