POLL QUESTION – MAY 31
By Leo Haggerty

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORTSCASTER OF ALL TIME 

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It’s Sunday so that can only mean one thing.  Welcome to another edition of the It’s Sports Magazine Poll Question.

This week, I’ve asked our panelist to scour their memories.  The question is :

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORTSCASTER OF ALL TIME AND, IF YOU WANT TO EXPLAIN, WHY?

So, let’s get to it.  You’ll see that there’s a great deal of diversification among our contributors.

WILL SMITH – AFC EAST CORRESPONDENT
Holy Cow… I have to go with Phil Rizzuto not because he was great at calling a Yankees broadcast but because of the stories and the humor.  He is a legend in my book, always willing to make light of himself and just a genuine nice guy. Also, I have to credit him with turning me into the Major League Baseball, and overall sports, fan that I am today.  Thank you Mr. Rizzuto and RIP.

DAVID ALEXANDER – AFC WEST CORRESPONDENT
Favorite sportscasters: So many to choose from. In the toughest times to be a Mets fan, I always felt better listening to Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy. Of course, after the game I would watch “Kiner’s Corner,” the postgame show. When I moved to New Jersey, it was Byron Saam and Richie Ashburn doing baseball and Al Meltzer and Bill Campbell doing basketball. Then there were the national guys – Ray Scott, Keith Jackson, Dick Enberg, Mike Patrick.

But the best there is, the best there was, and the best there will ever be is: Marv Albert! A five-tool player! Signature calls (Yesss!) Fabulous Hair! Marv’s been at the game for over 50 years and is 78 years old! He was the voice of the Knicks for almost 40 years and was there for the glory years, so long ago. There’s not a major sporting event in the world he hasn’t broadcast! He has 2 brothers and a son in broadcasting. The beginning of each episode of “The Last Dance” had a clip from Albert’s call (“A Spec-TAC-ular move by Jordan”) and it gave me chills.

No offense to the other contributors, but this is a no-contest answer. All bow down to Marvelous Marv!

ANGELO DIBIASE – NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ANALYST
I used to love listening to Ron Franklin call the Saturday night ESPN primetime college football game. Awesome voice

TROY ODEGAARD – AFC SOUTH CORRESPONDENT
Keith Jackson

JASON RUBIN – AFC EAST CORRESPONDENT
There are some great ones. Al Michaels, Marv Albert, Brent Musburger, and Keith Jackson are the best. My favorite is, without a doubt, Bill Walton. I love watching Pac12 games late at night when he’s doing the color. In the late 90’s when he was doing NBA games with Marv Albert and Steve “Snapper”Jones it was must-see TV.

GABRIEL DIBIASE – NCAA WOMEN’S BASKEBALL ANALYST
Musberger and Costas. No specific reason other than I just think they are phenomenal.

JOHN LENTZ – NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ANALYST
Keith Jackson

LEO HAGGERTY – EDITOR OF ITS SPORTS MAGAZINE
I’m going to go real old-school here.  Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy were a match made in football broadcast heaven.  Criqui, who hold the record for being the longest-tenured broadcaster in National Football League history at 47 seasons, and Trumpy, the 10-year veteran former tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals, meshed from day one.  During their media marriage, the duo combined one of the greatest set of pipes in Criqui with the uncensored tell-it-like-it-is brashness of Trumpy.  They were at their best on NBC radio where they were the lead announcers on Monday Night Football as well as the Super Bowl.  I would turn the sound off on the TV and listen to them on many occasions.