OT: favorite / least favorite ESPN personality

Submitted by turd ferguson on July 21st, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Watching ESPN last night, it occurred to me that I'm annoyed by almost every person I ever see on that station, but it occupies 75% of my television viewing anyway. A friend and I were trying to identify the single most annoying ESPN personality – no easy task – and I thought I'd open it up here. In the spirit of not being mean without being nice, I'm calling for a favorite personality in addition to a least favorite personality.

I'll take Mike Tirico as my favorite, since he’s knowledgeable, versatile, gimmick-free, and humble.

On the other end of the spectrum, Jim Rome does a remarkable job of embodying almost every aspect of sports and humanity that I dislike.




July 21st, 2010 at 4:52 PM ^

My favorite is Stewat Scott, and I really have no idea why. He just doesnt annoy me.

And my least favorite is Buster Olney. I cant stand his voice when he talks.

Indiana Wolverine

July 21st, 2010 at 5:04 PM ^

mentioning of Desmond, the guy does a really solid job despite obvious biases, Tirico os solid as is Bob Knight when he decides to do games for them


Least favorite:  Kirk Herbstreit especially when he tries to be a reporter, Pammy, and SVP... get over yourself man.


July 21st, 2010 at 5:18 PM ^

Best - Wilbon (except he hates Michigan), runner up Van Pelt or Melrose

Worst  - Cowherd, Rome, Scott and the entire cast of Around the Horn (minus paige when he is on) and any anchor on ESPN News


July 21st, 2010 at 5:56 PM ^

Favorites: van pelt, tirico, bill simmons... I miss jason whitock and dan patrick

Least: pam ward, berman, stuart scott, wilbon, cowherd, rome, mariotti, woody paige, bill plaschke, kornheiser, Mike golic, mike greenberg, skip bayless, anytime drew sharp's ugly mug shows up, mike lupica, jamele hill... I'm sure there are more. ESPN sucks. 


July 21st, 2010 at 6:10 PM ^

Pam Ward is by far the worst. It's apparent ESPN only has her to keep the feminists happy. She's so bad my 11 year old brother once corrected her on one of her many mistakes.


July 21st, 2010 at 6:41 PM ^

Like: Mike and Mike


Hate: Cowherd, what the hell is he going to talk about now? He can't blow USC and Pete Carrol every 5 min anymore. That dude can turn a coversation about peanut farming into how great SC is. 

Chester Copperpot

July 21st, 2010 at 6:46 PM ^

By far, my least favorite is the Master of the Obvious, Mr. Joe Morgan.  He takes all the Sunday Night Baseball games to an unbearable level not even reached by Mr. Pam Ward.  Oh, and I don't know if you've heard, but he's in the Hall of Fame.  It's a shame he never mentions it on the air.


July 21st, 2010 at 7:35 PM ^

Love to watch: Mike Tirico, Michael Wilbon, Erin Andrews, Cindy Brunson & Suzy Kolber

Want to see get hit by a bus: Dan LeBatard, Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd, Tony Reali, for starters.


July 21st, 2010 at 7:46 PM ^

Is Rob Parker still on 1st Take, or whatever that abortion of a show is called? Anyone who writes a column that starts with "Hank Aaron is a coward" automatically goes in the "Hit by a bus" pile.


July 21st, 2010 at 8:35 PM ^

I mean, right off the OP, Tirico, who lives (lived?) in Ann Arbor with his wife is a helluva nice guy. And really, all the great hate have been listed.  Stuart Scott might lead my list, if anyone is making a tally...but there are so many. And then there's the whole "Erin Andrews" category. Along those lines-



July 21st, 2010 at 10:01 PM ^

I actually like Cowherd and listen to the Herd as much as possible. SVP is another favorite of mine.

Rome is horrible.  On the radio he never says anything about sports and most of his time BSing with e-mails and saying stuff that makes very little sense.  Plus there are the times when I think I lost the radio station because he doesn't talk and there's just silence. 


July 22nd, 2010 at 1:08 AM ^

Favorites: Rome (not b/c of JRIB which I don't really watch but I'm a huge fan of the Jungle), Bill Simmons, Lou (obviously), Mark May (he hates ND but he just cracks me up for some reason, great schtick), Current MNF booth, SVP, Rece Davis, Ron Franklin

Least: Most everyone else but especially Berman, Cowherd, Le Batard, Pam Ward, Kornheiser (when he was on MNF), Stu Scott, Jemele Hill, Rob Parker, John Saunders, Mike Lupica, Mitch Albom, Rick Reilly to name a few...


July 22nd, 2010 at 8:32 PM ^

It appears that I'm late, but I'll add my 2 cents anyways.


Favorites: Chris Fowler (besides college football, I like his coverage of tennis), Reece Davis, John Anderson


Worst: The whole concept and everyone on Around the Horn, and (which is probably an unpopular pick, given all the comments above) Mike Tirico, who just rubs me the wrong way for some reason.




July 23rd, 2010 at 4:39 AM ^

Like: Scott Van Pelt, Jay Harris, Kornheiser, Rece Davis, Dat Dude, Desmond, Jalen


Dislike: John Saunders (for the brawl), Chris Berman (douche), Stu Scott (faux ghetto)

Hate: Cowherd, most of the Around the Horn crew, Jim Rome, Skip Bayless,