Who are the Worst Football Announcers on TV?


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We all watch football every weekend, right?

And if not football every week, you at least watch the Super Bowl with your friends or family.  And who can’t remember the classic sounds of Howard Cosell calling a sporting event that big?  It was magic, wasn’t it?

Definitely memorable.

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But we haven’t had an announcer like that in eons.  We have the US Olympic Team hockey win with Frank Gifford on the call (“Do you believe in miracles!!”), but that’s about it in recent memory.

Let’s face it – today’s announcers really aren’t that good.

That’s the takeaway behind this IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF TODAY’S FOOTBALL ANNOUNCERS that came away with this conclusion:

  • Dan Dierdorf is the worst commentator
  • Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden are the worst Prime Time announcing team
  • CBS’s announcers are overall worse than FOX’s announcers
  • Best announcers of the worst ones listed?  Dick Stockton and Ronde Barber
  • Worst crew: Chris Meyers and Tim Ryan

The list is specifically about the quality of the presentation, not the information being given or the individual’s knowledge of the game. Cris Collingsworth is pointed out for being articulate and insightful… yet there are things about how he puts that info across that can be a bit off-putting.

As for the best of the best?  If you had to listen to one commentator again and again, word on the street is that the fans really appreciate what Brian Billick has to offer.

Or you could just go to a classic John Madden call of the game:

“See, the quarterback throws the ball, and the other guy catches it. BOOM.”