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In your opinion, who are or were the best play by play NFL announcers? The reason why I bring this topic up is because I think Al Michaels is the best and I can't wait to hear him call the Bills vs. Steelers Sunday night football game, it's been so long. 

 

Here's my list:

1. Al Michaels
2. Jim Nantz
3. Gus Johnson
4. Kevin Harlin
5. Mike Trico
6. Joe Buck
7. Marv Albert
8. Dan Hicks
9. Greg Gumbel
10. Chris Myers

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I’m impressed! I watch football every weekend....and I couldn’t have named 10 if you gave me an hour. Like uniforms (unless it’s putrid throwbacks!), announcers are something I pay very little attention to. I like Romo as a color guy, and I guess I like Michaels and Nantz. The rest are just background noise unless I’m curious about something. 

 

 

I know others pay a lot of attention to them, I’m probably the anomaly. 

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1 minute ago, Augie said:

I’m impressed! I watch football every weekend....and I couldn’t have named 10 if you gave me an hour. Like uniforms (unless it’s putrid throwbacks!), announcers are something I pay very little attention to. I like Romo as a color guy, and I guess I like Michaels and Nantz. The rest are just background noise unless I’m curious about something. 

 

 

I know others pay a lot of attention to them, I’m probably the anomaly. 

I like Romo too.

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Al Michaels wouldn’t even crack my Top 5 anymore, although he’s still not bad by any means.

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11 minutes ago, Halloween Land said:

 

4. Kevin Harlin


radio is so different than TV for play by play
 

Kevin Harlin is #1 on radio play by play followed by the Greg Papa a former CNY guy who is in the SF Bay Area now.

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7 minutes ago, RiotAct said:

Al Michaels wouldn’t even crack my Top 5 anymore, although he’s still not bad by any means.

More nostalgia for me than anything. I grew up with him in the late 80s and 90s on ABC MNF. He has a good voice for it too. I like still seeing him around. Collinsworth as the colorman though really ruins the vibe these days.

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Over the years, Gus Johnson has plummeted in my rankings from top 3 to out of the top 300

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27 minutes ago, NewEra said:

Over the years, Gus Johnson has plummeted in my rankings from top 3 to out of the top 300

Same. I once wanted him to be on the big stage, now I find him terrible. 

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34 minutes ago, JoshAllenHasBigHands said:

I honestly turn the volume off when I watch the game. 

 

Watching football like a monk. I like it! It is kind of a sacred event lol. Really though, 90% of commentators rarely add anything of substance. Everyone will see this weekend when they hear " the wisdom" of dan fouts. 

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One of those espn online channels allows you watch the game without any announcers.  I thought it would be cool, ended up being kinda strange. 

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59 minutes ago, RiotAct said:

Al Michaels wouldn’t even crack my Top 5 anymore, although he’s still not bad by any means.

He'd be a lot better if he wasn't carrying the dead weight. (Collinsworth)

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Growing up in Steeler territory, Myron Cope always cracked me up when he would go all Hulk apoplectic and barely get an intelligible word out if the Steelers went sideways—I know he was color and not play by play, but always stood out as very “unique” in his delivery. 

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I know this is not part of the topic, however I must voice my opinion on our own John Murphy. I can not listen to him, he tries too hard to make the good plays imaginative and he fails miserably. His touchdown calls are a failed try of announcing greatness at every try. He is a bad version of Jon Gurtler when he was the PBP for the Sabres till he was fired for the HOLY ZHITNIK call...LOL

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Pretty good list.

 

I would take Buck off it and move Gumble a bit higher. 

 

Besides that, mostly agree with yours

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1 hour ago, Halloween Land said:

In your opinion, who are or were the best play by play NFL announcers? The reason why I bring this topic up is because I think Al Michaels is the best and I can't wait to hear him call the Bills vs. Steelers Sunday night football game, it's been so long. 

 

Here's my list:

1. Al Michaels
2. Jim Nantz
3. Gus Johnson
4. Kevin Harlin
5. Mike Trico
6. Joe Buck
7. Marv Albert
8. Dan Hicks
9. Greg Gumbel
10. Chris Myers

Joe Buck? Joe Buck?

 

He is the WORST. Like Jean-Ralphio Saperstein wooooooorst announcer in the world.

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These are my go to team over the years

 

1. Cris Collinsworth 

2. Booger McFarland

3. Jason Witten

4. Gene Steratore

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I can’t stand Joe Buck, I would rather listen to an infant cry. 

 

I’d move Marv Albert down the list too but everyone else is about right 

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I can much more easily name my 10 worst

 

Cris Collinsworth

Joe Buck

Dan Dierdorf

Booger Mcfarland

Joe Tessatore

Rich Gannon

Dan Fouts

Troy Aikman

Jim Nantz 

Steve Tasker

Jason Witten

Trent Green

Phil Simms

Randy Cross

 

Ok, I'll stop now.

 

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1 hour ago, Joe in Winslow said:

Any list that doesn't include Dick Enberg is wrong.

 

He was great. RIP Mr. Enberg

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I may be in the minority but I really enjoyed madden back in the day. He was incredibly smart but also funny. 
 

I hated romo as a player, but he’s by far the best guy out right now. 
Im also a big fan of Kevin Burkhart? The former Mets guy. Not sure if he does Mets games anymore I don’t have SNY in Tennessee and I don’t watch the Mets much anymore. He’s a good play by play guy though 

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