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Contest question: who is your favorite football announcer?

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Yesterday we posted six audio clips from the San Francisco 49ers’ win over the Green Bay Packers. They highlights came from ESPN Deportes 860, and they were in Spanish. A commenter asked about where one could find similar clips from the 49ers’ broadcast announced by Ted Robinson (a former Golden Domer who is probably having a rough day after hearing the news about the downfall of Manti Te’o) and Eric Davis. I’m not exactly sure, but it got me thinking.

Today we’re giving out another Large pizza (any toppings) from Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, and the rules for entry are the same as usual. Answer a question in the comments and you’re entered to win. Earlier today I notified Sunset Boy that he won for answering our question about when (or if) you started believing in Colin Kaepernick.

The question today is this:

Who is your favorite football announcer?

Really threw a curveball with that one, huh? Bet you never could’ve guessed that was coming.

For your answers, you can name anyone you like. Radio broadcasters or TV announcers. Play-by-play or color. Active or retired. Who is the one person who, if you had one football game to watch and/or listen to in your life, you’d want calling the action?

Just one thing: any of you who name Joe Theismann (another Notre Dame guy) will be disqualified from winning a free pizza now and forever. He’s awful, and you cannot convince me otherwise.

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39 comments
Paul b.
Paul b.

Al Michaels in a landslide. There's a reason he wins every poll by a mile. No one else is close.

Dart
Dart

MFi'ing Keith Jackson! Oh NELLY!

Lou
Lou

Even though I'm not an SEC fan, I really enjoy listening to Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson. But now my all time favorites are Gus Johnson and Charles Davis on Fox College.

Jeff S
Jeff S

Gotta go with Joe Starkey and a secondary vote for Barry Tompkins

The Sports Leader
The Sports Leader

Don Kline comes to mind. And so does Bill King (especially those Kansas City-Raider matchups). Ken Korach carried his own doing SJSU football in the 1980s. At the national level, Pat Summerall, Ray Scott, and Curt Gowdy doing the Rose Bowl was always entertaining.

B.A. Rich
B.A. Rich

This is low hanging fruit but for me, it's John Madden.

steve
steve

Kevin Harlan-nice descriptive call of the and excitement of the action.

Ian T.
Ian T.

Joe Starkey. Bar none.

Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt

With regards to Theisman, it is pretty amazing he was able to broadcast as much as he did with all that getting up to go to the pisser during games. A true warrior for enlarged prostates everywhere.

Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt

Who could forget the glorious tenure of Dennis Miller?... In the real world, Keith Jackson.

Patrick
Patrick

Can't believe only one person mentioned him: Keith Jackson

Rich
Rich

Though I've never heard him call or color comment on a game while it's happening, I have to go with Steve Young as a few others have posted. The guy is articulate, passionate, and one of the best to have ever played the game. He's 100 yards ahead of the rest of the current crop.

Paperback Writer
Paperback Writer

"You are looking LIVE down on muddy Candlestick Park as the 49ers get ready for a mud bath with the Los Angeles Rams for all the Crab you can eat in this wonderful city, hello everyone- I'm Brent Musburger." The legend keeps growing.

Kickem Whiledown
Kickem Whiledown

Cannot wait to hear Teddy Ballgame's excuse for the Manti Te’o idiocy. After Teddy's rant about Te'o's losing the Heisman he has been suspiciously quiet about 1) Jonny Football's dominating performance in the Cotton Bowl and 2) Te'o's absence in the can of Whop Ass Alabama opened up on Notre Dame. Oh wait, Te'o's quest for the Heisman never really existed either, did it?

Eric
Eric

I gotta go with Bill King. I feel lucky to have heard him do Warriors (unparalleled greatness), A's, and Raiders, as a little kid. His football calls were unique, and his between play banter was both informative, and rivetingly eccentric.

DB3
DB3

Greg Papa

Stan
Stan

What I liked about Papa was that he sounded like King. And Bill's cultured reference to classical music and boating were so much more classy then the debase Bentley talk of modern sport heads in the bay area.

Stan
Stan

Bill King-Lon Simmons-Woman-Dog. In life's order.

Topraman
Topraman

This is Howard Cosell coming to you live from the foggy candlestick park....

mike reesink
mike reesink

I would say Steve Young. great player, played as hard as anyone. speaks intelligently and has a world of knowledge of the game inside and out. he does not act like a clown on air like some. he was a 49er and won superbowl. as qb and backup qb...he is also highly educated, an attorney, and a real good family man.

GG
GG

I loved listening to Lon Simmons. He'd be my guy. We used to sync the radio to the TV feed when I was younger so we could listen to Lon. I do enjoy Ted too. I think he's really good.

david white
david white

Greg Papa. As much as I hate the Raiders

Jay
Jay

Lon Simmons... if I were to give a no vote, it would be for the "woe is us, the sky is falling" stylings of Joe Starkey.

KC
KC

If we are going for football announcers that are currently alive, then it is Greg Papa for me. He is fantastic and I am Niners fan. All time great would have to be Bill King though.

Chris
Chris

I actually liked Pat Summerall. Was sad when he retired.

Stefan
Stefan

I'm going to go with Gus Johnson. His work on Fox has been outstanding, and he brings the same kind of excitement that made his Big Dance calls legendary. What was CBS thinking letting him go?

Paul F.
Paul F.

Joe Buck...yah, I said it...

Joe S.
Joe S.

I gotta agree with FFUC and go with Joe Starkey.

TommyJ
TommyJ

Don't know if bringing back someone from the dead counts. If it does ; Bill King for the drama and verbiage. If not John Madden for the knowledge and humor (circa late 80s Madden at the peak of his powers).

BASG
BASG

The great Bill King lives on. Definitely counts in my book.