OT: 64 Most Annoying People in Sports Media

h/t to my guy Caleb for passing this on

You can vote here. Who ya got in your Final Four? Mine is Vitale, Francesa, Travis, and Joe Buck with Vitale winning in the final over Buck

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Yeah I haven't looked at the full list but I can't imagine anyone beating out Stephen A Smith, I hate that guy.

Edit: Just finished going through the whole list Stephen A Smith by a mile.

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Skip Bayless is much worse

Skip is easier to ignore. He's pretty much confined to whatever corner FS1 has put him in. I don't think I've seen him outside of promos for his show recently.

ESPN is pimping Stephen A all over the place, giving him extra opportunities to put his foot in his mouth. I don't listen to ESPN Radio anymore because they put him in the slot that I would listen to when I drive to work. Plus, since he never turns down the opportunity to showcase himself as an uninformed jackass, I see all of the stories about the latest stupid thing he said.

TLDR, Stephen A says things so stupid that they write stories specifically about that.

Exactly Stephen A is on at least two different shows (that happen to be on during my lunch hour) and is reguarly a guest on sportscenter. He is one of the main reasons I've completely stopped watching any ESPN.

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Dan Le Batard

and it isn't even close.

Is it basketball season yet?

"You dont get the show"

Pour some Beer on it

IMO I think the father and how the show is constructed is more annoying than Dan

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Yeah it's not for everyone. Once Cowherd left ESPN for FS1 (big time mistake for his brand, but good for his bank account) it took me a long while to get used to Dan, as his show took the time slot and has highest ratings for ESPN Radio. I used to get angry at him all the time, but now I "get it" and think the show is funny & Clever. They are really just trying to be different from all the other boring sports radio shows and put a spin on it.

Pour some Beer on it

That 1st bracket is strong. Smith, Herby, Walton, Vitale,

Correy

Bill Walton is God's Gift to Color Commentating!!

Solid #1 seeds. Guaranteed no 16 beats a 1.

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If Nick wright wasnt matched with Jim Rome I'd say Nick could be the upset but Rome is un fucking bearable

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I never knew Stephen A Smith went to UVa...but it kind of makes sense

Cowherd

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

I don't know. The rant he had about UVA kind of gives him a pass in my book

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That was like 15 years ago. All credit earned on that has been lost on the constant all day every day knob slobbing he does for Brady and Lebron.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

It's just as relevant now as it was then. And while my exposure to sports radio talk the last three years have been practically nothing, Smith still has a tendency to be so annoying that I hear about him outside of the country so he's easily #1

What he said is still relevant, but I'm just saying all the cred he got from with it has long since faded.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Funny you picked 15 years...........

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Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

And his unhealthy hatred for Cam Newton and Russell Westbrook...i guess he wanted to be the clean sports version of Howard Stern.

I'd have to go chalk in this one, final four would be all 1 seeds.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

I've got Clay Travis upsetting Jim Rome

Mark May can make a run at this one though.

Stugotz is a national treasure. He didn't deserve to be apart of this bracket.

Vroom Vroom

I agree and he has the balls to use Stugotz as his name. Pure Eye-Talian.

foresthokie
US Navy Vet

I agree and he has the balls to use Stugotz as his name. Pure Eye-Talian.

foresthokie
US Navy Vet

Mel Kiper Jr. is an 8 seed and Erin Andrews is a 5 seed?

Just because the guy can pick 1 seeds doesn't mean this bracketology doesn't suck.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

This is exactly what I thought. This isnt the only oddity, but yeah wtf.

I agree

Correy

I have a great dislike for Dick Vitale. Saddened to see him as a 2 seed.

But he ain't played nobody Pawl!!!!

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Give me PAWL, Skip, Kiper, and Cowherd in the final four.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless are 1A and 1B to me. Nobody else really comes close. Thought Max Kellerman is making strides after taking over for Skip Bayless on First Take.

Side note: A lot of those people on there I would never categorize as "annoying" like Kirk Herbstreit, but that's just me.

Side note #2: I know Mike Francesa (who is a 5 seed on this) is a radio icon in the radio world despite his horrible lack of sports knowledge and long periods of him just going "uhhhhhghhghhhhhhhhh ummmmmmmm errrrrrrrrrhhhh uhhhhghhhh" but if you ever needed a laugh, I would give the "Fun House" Twitter handle a follow/listen... (https://twitter.com/backaftathis?lang=en). It's basically a compilation of Mike's horrible takes and/or him being a hypocrite. It is absolutely hilarious.

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I generally like Barstool Sports but Dave Portnoy at 4 is my dark horse to win. He can be funny but also he can be annoying as shit lol.

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I've yet to find any example of Dave Portnoy being anything other than a petulant douche bag who acts like he's still a freshman in college.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

I like how they made matchups of people on the same broadcasts. Golic vs. Wingo? Buck vs. Romo? Cowherd vs. Taylor?

I can't do a whole bracket because I actually like half these people. But my championship would be Skip Bayless vs. Jason Whitlock in a battle for the ages.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

I like how they made matchups of people on the same broadcasts. Buck vs. Romo?

Not sure if you're getting your play-by-play guys mixed up, or your former Cowboy QBs.

I mixed up my channels. Good catch.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Rome vs. Smith, both need good curb stomppings

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

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I find that annoying pbp or color guys are WAY more annoying than annoying talking heads. I don't watch talking head shows, so it's easy to ignore Stephen A. It's also easier to ignore Fox personalities than ESPN/ABC ones just based on the sports they have tv deals for and what my interests are. Hence Vitale and Buck in my championship.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I definitely get that, because you can't really get away from guys working the games, but you can't get away from Stephen A. either. He is everywhere and fucking terrible. He takes my bracket and wins in a land slide every time.

Vols Fans are more delusional than LOLUVA

Hokie in Tennessee

you can't get away from Stephen A. either

agree to disagree there. if you only ever tune in for games, you'll be fine.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Well I watch and listen to ESPN for more than just game broadcasts. Necessary evil for me because I do like a lot of their other content.

Vols Fans are more delusional than LOLUVA

Hokie in Tennessee

Tony Mercurio.

Hatin' on Mercurio is as pure to the 757 as hatin' on Bruce Rader.

Sorry but Pete Schrager as a 15 seed thats a Cinderella pick right there.

Nick wright is only a 16 seed? Talk about someone way to low as a seed hes an upset all day.

Alexi Lalas is a good upset pick as well the ignorance will get you a long way in that region.

Somewhere Michael Rappaport is bitching because hes not on this list yet he could easily be a 2 seed

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I like how Urban Meyer is already on the list.

He did work for ESPN for a year and now Fox has hired him for their Saturday morning competition to Gameday. O and I also found out anOSU hires him as an associate AD.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I'm gonna have to go off the board and say Mama Giraffe

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

#BiggestTourneySnubInHistory

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

I don't mind Cowherd. I used to listen to him every day (8ish years ago). I've only listened to snippets since then.

Twitter me

I think 3 of the No. 1 seeds are locks. But am I the only one who actually kinda likes Jim Rome?

I admit I haven't watched/heard him in 20 years, but back in the late 90s I thought his radio show was actually pretty great.

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

Before the sports channel switched to a conservative radio talk show, I used to listen to Rome while driving. My problem with him was his repetition.

What did Samantha Ponder ever do to get on this list? Granted, I don't watch Gameday or whichever NFL she's on now.

Some think she's not qualified. They're wrong.

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I dunno I'd say she passes the eye test atleast

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

You got to be certifiably nuts to leave Seth Greenberg out of this tournament

It is supposed to be the most annoying people. Greenberg has been good as a commentator.

Greenberg lives on the bubble?

He made the NIT

Correy

Only 64?

We're going to need a bigger bracket for my list.

This makes me so glad that I never watch sports media anymore, outside of VT game broadcasts.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Danny Kanell has the ability to be a #1 seed but will never be relevant enough. A few years ago Lou Holtz and Mark May coulda made a run too.

15 Straight

I voted for Mark May! You can too!

Tony Romo takes out Cowherd in a round of 32 stunner.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

Why can't they take each other out?

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

NTTAWWT

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Joe Buck is a 9 seed? Found our Cinderella.

And Bob Costas woulda been a 2 seed if NBC hadn't given him a postseason ban.

Tim Tebow is a sleeper.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

Na, Kanell is much worse

I dont understand how he is a 9 and against Romo. It makes me wonder if they don't understand Romo and Witten are different people.

Still not sure why Cris Collinsworth is only an 11 seed? It seems like people hate him..I didnt like him for long time after that crap he pulled at the 96 olympics, but I dont mind him as much any more as long as you accept the fact he likes the sound of his own voice.

I dont mind Sarah Spain, but being up against Stugotz was too much. I think she is the only woman I voted for.

I don't mind Bill Simmons as long as he doesn't talk about Boston. But Rachel Nichols is far better.

"I don't mind Bill Simmons as long as he doesn't talk about Boston. "

So, not Bill Simmons.

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

Pretty much, but when he's not being Bill Simmons he's great.

Nobody has ever been as consistently wrong as Trevor Matich

-Stick it in

Bill Walton commentating on the Pac 12 conference hoops games. Teetering between comical and annoying, but the more you hear his obtuse commentary the more annoying it gets. He was off the charts for the Maui Invitational early this season, not sure he was aware a game was going on, and had know clue what his partners name was. I thought it was a one time goof, but he's like that for every game he does. I thought he used to be pretty good on NBA games, years ago. Too many Grateful Dead concerts taking its toll.

Walton is a strict love/hate reaction type. Its always you either love him and think its hilarious or you hate him and change the channel. Really, more people just need to blaze one up at the start of the game and enjoy the ride he takes you on

He was awful during the Oregon game. Said just because you win your conference tournament doesn't mean you should get an invite. When he co host started talking about Buffalos head coach he said "why should I know who that is, who pays attention to Buffalo"

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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To be fair, no one really pays attention to buffalo.

They should. 6th seed, ranked in top 25 all year and now in top 15 and their coaches name has been thrown around a little.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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The conference of champions!

Correy

Clay Travis and Darren Rovell in the second round is one hell of a match-up.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Keith Olbermann could go far in this tourney but he's in a tough bracket

Gary Danielson went far in my bracket, beating Collinsworth and Will Cain. (I don't have a problem with Will Cain specifically, but he sort of came out of nowhere as Ryen Russillo's show was winding down and sort of got caught up in the whole ESPN Radio programming shift. So it's more of a "who cares" feeling towards him.)

Broussard also went far, but not because I dislike him. I just really don't give a crap about the NBA, so he never has anything I want to hear about.

I don't know how anybody could vote for Charles Barkley. He is absolutely hilarious on the NBA on TNT show... whether it's Shaq joaning on him or the show doing skits to embarrass him, Charles is easy to laugh at.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Charles Barkley is the most refreshing voice in pop culture.

Berman

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My Final Four is Bayless, Rovell, Mark May and Seth Davis.

Mark May beats Bayless for the worst of the worst, I f'ing hate Mark May.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

seth Greenberg with the last 4 out shnub, ended up losing in the 2nd round of the NIT anyways.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

1-10... Adam Schein.. the worst. Talks over callers constantly and would call Sean Savoy an "incredible, remarkable, unbelievable talent at WR" with a straight face.

Weird shots fired at Sean Savoy for some reason.

Woosh... Not about Savoy at all- you clearly don't know who Schein is.

Its a SHAM! They put Herbstriet and Walton in Smith's bracket! Got to spread that out. Walton as a 4 seed is way to low, should at least be a 2.

Correy

It's unfortunate that so many people dislike Chris Collinsworth. I love that guy.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

How? Why? He adds nothing to the broadcast except noise. "RPO, this RPO that"

1-0 every week

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I disagree. He's a smart guy and I like his insight into the game. He brings a lot of good energy to the booth too. My opinion, I dunno.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

I know people that despise Cris Collinsworth, but I think he's pretty good. I dont think he's as good as Romo, but he's better than Aikman, and this is coming from a former Cowboy fan.

As a Cub fan Joe Buck is grating and annoying anytime he opens his mouth!

Stephen A and Skip Bayless are close
Large gap
Dan Lebetard
Finebaum

Was I the only one who had a pretty serious disdain for Mike Greenberg? Back in the Mike and Mike days I really couldn't stand him. Not sure (and don't care) where he went to whine after they split them up.

Gotta say I'm kinda surprised Seth Greenberg didn't get a bid. On the other hand...
DAMMIT! [drink]

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

If Clay Travis and Bill Simmons don't make the final four, this tournament is invalid.

Also, a real shame that one of Gary Danielson and Cris Collinsworth has to win.

Also also, this tournament left out Brent Musberger and Dick Stockton. Yes, they're PBP guys, but neither one of them have been good at their jobs this century (though I guess it's possible Musberger retired, but even so)

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

It appears sports personalities are like uniform combinations; nobody agrees.

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

We can agree that they're all bad though.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

"Skip Bayless must really be missing his old friend" - my guy Brad

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I was just coming here to post this.

It looks like somebody has trained a turkey vulture to sabotage the clear favorite in the tournament.

804

Damn shame Stephen A. wasn't there to get smacked in the head by it.

Stephen A Smith's response makes me think he doesnt know the difference between a turkey vulture and a turkey