NFL: Who is the best play by play guy of all time?

Vote below:

Pat Summerall

Dick Stockton

Dick Enberg

Don Criqui

Charlie Jones

Marv Albert

Al Michaels

Frank Gifford

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Anyone not named Joe Buck.

Although he is funny on Brockmire :)

Is Brockmire coming back or what?

Yep, in March

Oh thank God. I was afraid it had been quietly cancelled. I love waiting until everyone's asleep and pour myself a bourbon and watch Brockmire. My wife has her trashy polygamist and gypsy shows. I have Brockmire.

I'll never understand the Joe Buck hate. One of the best currently doing it.

Except for golf, but that is more of a Fox thing in general.

Summerall or Michaels for me...Where's John Madden?

There's no glory in practice and lifting but without practice and lifting, there will be no glory!

he is color, not play by play.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Of the above, I always enjoyed Summerall and Gifford, but I'll throw Curt Gowdy in the mix.

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

I love Michaels but it's recency bias. Summerall was amazing as well, great combo with Madden.

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

Tie between Pat Summerall and Dick Enberg.

Hands down the best duo was Madden and Summerall. In the 90's they were the voice of the NFL.

Tirico was hands down the best in college ball. Wish he still called VT games.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Hard disagree on college football. Sean McDonough is tops on the list for play by play. Gus Johnson is really starting to grow on me too. Kieth Jackson will always be an all time great as well.

Sean McDonough is amazing. I like Tirico a lot too, as well as Fowler.

I don't remember the olden days well enough to discuss Summerall and Madden, though I do recall hearing them a lot back in the day. Same for Jackson.

Sean McDonough is amazing. I like Tirico a lot too, as well as Fowler.

This is an all star list by me.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

I have a soft spot for Gus Johnson, he called AFC South games a ton when I was growing up watching the Titans and he's eccentric but I irrationally love him.

VT '17

Solid list.

This is one of the greats for me.

^^winner^^

Keith Jackson was the shit.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

Jackson did the first season of Monday Night Football, and I seem to remember he did some AFL games (kinda fuzzy on that since I was only 8 or 9) but really did his best work in college ball. I think he's the best ever in college football.

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

College - Keith Jackson for sure
NFL - John Madden. He was just too damn funny. Plenty of character.

JP

Yeah I'm going to have to agree with Jackson for college ball, though I know the question was for NFL.

It wasn't just his voice that made him great, it's the grandeur with which he presented the game. "When the team comes out of the tunnel, you're going to hear a roar that knocks the pinecones off trees"

Who talks like this anymore? We'd be better off as listeners if there was someone, anyone, who could present the game with the imagery that Jackson regularly employed.

Summerall

No love for the Mus? I honestly couldn't stand him for a while but I always did enjoy a game starting and hearing "You are looking live"

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

My mom and grandfather were so excited when mush mouth as they would call him was let go by CBS, so he remains near the bottom of my families list haha

my brother and i once heard him say "Sacked in the backfield for a loss" and we've used it as an inside joke ever since. it's redundant! twice!

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

Can I say I dislike them all, I don't need someone to tell me what I am watching.

Side tangent, why is it the only people wearing suits at a football game the people you arent supposed to see only hear? Seems kind of stupid to over dress to call a game where people are in sweats on the sidelines.

You must currently be team cake.

We have a big tent at team pie and we'll turn that frown upside down.

Leonard. Duh.

Team Pie all the way

Announcers are holdovers from the days of radio. They did an experiment in the 80s or early 90s broadcasting games without announcers and, if I recall correctly, ratings decreased. I personally believe they add some value.

Oh I love a good radio announcer that describes what's going on. But the TV announcers are terrible in comparison.

I realize I'm an odd duck. I understand that people like then, I just dont understand why they like them. They really take me out of the game and I hate when they cut over to them instead of keeping the camera on the field, I want to watch football, I want to see the formations and plays, not the only two people dressed up in the entire stadium.

I get it. It's annoying when the announcers become the focus of the game instead of the game itself. When done well, it can be a nice complement to the game.

Gotta admit, I kinda miss that aspect of the game....

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

Blame Belichik for the loss of suits on the sidelines.

Was kind of secretly rooting for a P.J. Fleck dynasty in Blacksburg...

Leonard. Duh.

That wardrobe is the fusion cuisine of coaching atire.

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

Before there was Belichik, there was Bud Grant...

I think Bud could be forgiven, since the Vikings played outside (Metropolitan Stadium) while he was there. Lots of very cold games played there. Fun side fact: both teams were on the same sideline at the Met.

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

He had nothing to do with it, it's all marketing. Coaches arent allowed to wear anything that is not NFL sponsored gear.

I remember Del Rio and some other coach had to get special suits made by Reebok/Nike (whoever held the contract at the time ) when they wanted to wear suits.

I don't have it in me to pull clips and am going to be the guy who sub threads this thing, how about baseball (forgive spelling):

Bob Uecker
Marty Brennamen
Harry Carey
Vin Scully
(open to suggestions as I think the last two are meh but people seem to love them)

I always considered baseball to be the hardest play by play job because of all the down time between action.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

Found one for Ueker. I think it holds up well

Vin Scully was the best, while Harry Carey was the most entertaining. With Harry, you got a ball game and a comedy show. You were either laughing with him, or at him.

Pat Summerall for me, probably purely from a nostalgia reasoning.

A good play by play guy should go unnoticed if they do a good job, which is a hard job to do.

The color analysts can really make a broadcast. I think Herbie is far and away the best in college football. Madden was iconic even if annoying at times. Aikman does a decent job but can be too boring. Collinsworth has always rubbed me wrong even though his content is ok. Romo has emerged as a good one and should get better.

"You don't stare into a rearview mirror"

Summerall. I turn off the sound when Al Michael is on.

Al Michaels for me with a tie at second place between Summerall and Enberg.

And to think, only 5 years ago this game was only played in neighborhood driveways.

And only 5 years ago those girls were in grade school.

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:
โ€œI served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

Damn not a single Baseketball fan?

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:
โ€œI served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

Oh and nobody did it better that Pat Summerall. His golf commentary was top shelf also.

He was the master of subtlety.

Leonard. Duh.

As one who grew up listening to staticky am radio for sports and gained an appreciation for painting the picture, one of the best ever is Dave Sims. Absolutely tremendous.

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

I always liked Summerall's low key delivery. He was there to inform the viewer, not be the star of the show.

Dick Enberg hands down! "Whoa Nellie!"

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Whoa Nellie was Keith Jackson.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

OH !@#$! You are right! Yeah yeah i meant Keith Jackson. That's the ticket!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Because I've listened to him a lot lately, i'm going to put Kevin Harlan up there...especially his call on the cat on the field...

If we're strictly talking about NFL, I'm going with Al Michaels, Mike Tirico, Sean McDonough...

On a side note, I was actually surprised how bad Rich Eisen was when I watched him call games this past season..

Fowler and Herbstriet are an awesome duo but for me Michaels is top notch but Summeral And Madden were absolute class.

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

Keith Jackson was the GOAT. Summerall and Brookshier in the NFL were great. Summerall on golf too.

foresthokie
US Navy Vet

Keith Jackson

Keith Jackson. My best friend and I still use the term Barn Burner. Especially when it's on the bayou.

I like the play by play guys from the 70s and 80s more because the voices were so unique. Honestly, Summerall Madden/Michaels-Madden were two of my least favorites. I liked Summerall's voice and the chemistry he had with Madden, but I looked for insight from the color guy, and Madden was the least insightful color guy not named Jerry Glanville. I loved Madden's video games. His analysis stunk, and that I believe was by design.

Enberg with Merlin Olsen, Albert with Paul McGuire, and my favorite Criqui with Bob Trumpy were the tops. They balanced insight with inflection and drama. Charlie Jones had an amazing voice, but generally he got stuck with crap partners (Todd Christensen... yuck)

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Does this have to be NFL only, cause...Doc Emrick...he did call some NFL though.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."