They provide the first reaction most of us hear to the action described by the play-by-play announcer. Some explain the action through the lens of a former player or coach. Some are humorous, and others yell “WOO-hoo-hoo” when the team they work for and once played for scores a game-winning touchdown in the playoffs. Some even “eliminate” people. The best color commentators inform, but they also shape the perceptions of games, players and teams through their analysis.
The Bay Area has several great announcers working on television and radio. Yesterday we asked you to vote for your favorite play-by-play announcers, in post No. 3 of this week’s Amici’s Contest series. Two winners will be randomly selected tomorrow to win 10-person pizza parties catered by Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, and you can enter this final contest post by answering the following question:
Who is the best color commentator in the Bay Area?
Here are the nominees. Feel free to add a write-in candidate if I missed someone, as long as that person is currently working in this market.
Golden State Warriors: Jim Barnett
Oakland A’s: Ray Fosse
Oakland Raiders: Tom Flores
San Francisco 49ers: Eric Davis
San Francisco Giants: Mike Krukow
San Jose Earthquakes: Kelly Gray
San Jose Sharks: Drew Remenda, Jamie Baker
College: Todd Husak, Mike Pawlawski
Note: I decided against including Tom Tolbert (who just started as a part-time radio analyst about a month ago), Scott Hatteberg (who called 20 games last year in place of Fosse), and J.T. Snow (who isn’t listed as a broadcaster on the Giants’ website). But if one of those three are your favorites, don’t let me stop you from mentioning them in the comments.