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Al Michaels, Ron Jaworski Named Best NFL Announcers In USA Today Reader Poll
Published November 18, 2011
EXPERTS PICKS: USA TODAY’s McCarthy and Michael Hiestand listed their personal picks for the NFL TV announcers poll. Hiestand is "with the voters’ pick" of Michaels for best play-by-play announcer, while picking Fox’ Troy Aikman as best analyst, "although NBC’s Cris Collinsworth brings desperately needed glib humor to coverage of America’s secular religion.” Schefter is his choice for best reporter “mainly because he churns out on-air tonnage all week, although runner-up Jay Glazer of Fox has the most memorable TV presence and scores scoops.” McCarthy picks CBS’ Nantz "by a nose" over Michaels, as both "give games a big-event feel.” CBS' Phil Simms is the "top game analyst in my book,” as he “rips players and coaches when they deserve it and points out what they’re doing right without using TV jargon.” Glazer is McCarthy's pick for best reporter, as he "consistently gets the most scoops.” ESPN's Schefter, Chris Mortensen and John Clayton “split the insider vote three ways," the same with NBC’s Peter King and Mike Florio (USA TODAY, 11/18).