U.S. sports fans have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to pondering sportscasters — or is it just an embarrassment?
Every network has an anchor of choice — Jim Nantz of CBS, Bob Costas of NBC and Mike Tirico and Mike Breen of ABC/ESPN.
My favorite is Marv Albert of TNT. In fact, nobody comes close. I’m biased, having grown up in New York and listened to Marv broadcasting Knicks and Rangers games much of my life, in addition to other events.
Do you like the calming, mellifluous tones of Nantz? Do you favor Costas’ journalistic approach? I like Breen’s style (he seems to have studied Albert closely) and enjoy the antics of Doc Emrick, the hockey announcer who, hopefully, switches to decaf after the season ends.
Above all, I prefer Marv Albert because he makes every game sound exciting and meaningful. He has coined such well known phrases as “garbaaaage time” and “downtown” in basketball broadcasting and I used to love it during Rangers games when he would declare, “Kick save and a beauty,” “He hit the post — HE HIT THE POST!” and “Eddie Giacomin holds on to the puck — and I don’t blame him.”
He also cracks me up during the games with his good-natured putdowns of his broadcasting partners.
But that’s me.
MEDIA MATRIX QUESTION: So, who is your favorite TV sportscaster?
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