Chris Berman vs Michael Irvin
Fact File: Host of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, Home Run Derby, and golf's US Open, occasional SportsCenter anchor and baseball play by play man
Why He's Here: How much time do we have? Chris Berman has been synonymous with ESPN for over 30 years, but his schtick of nicknames, bad jokes, and bellowing humor has grown old. His protection of the NFL and the stars of the league leave his journalistic bite at zero. The #1 best selling ESPN book painted him as a man drastically out of touch with the modern day world, and it shows.
Round 2 Result: Defeated Mark May 70.09% - 29.91%
Fact File: NFL Network studio analyst
Why He's Here: The former Cowboys receiver is the poster child for the staged guffawing that has infested NFL studio shows. Irvin has never lasted in one place too long, jumping from Fox Sports Net to ESPN and now to NFL Network. Irvin can be sincere, honest, and moving when he wants to be (see his Hall of Fame speech and statements in Out Magazine), but it's rarely ever seen in his television work.
Round 1 Result: Defeated Dick Stockton 71.61% - 28.39%
Round 2 Result: Defeated Pierre McGuire 69.1% - 31.9%
Chris Berman defeated Michael Irvin 58.9% - 41.1%
Todd Harris and IndyCar Racing.
...wait...that did happen. I guess I'd buried it in my memory because it was that painful. Danica Patrick's biggest fan basically yelled his way through each broadcast, hoping that each race in 2005 was the "WEEK THAT SHE'D (he did really say the following) TURN THE TRICK".
Joe Buck and Jack Buck calling chess.
Pam Oliver - Stock car racing
Stewart Scott and Rich Eisen- NHL Hockey
Don Cherry- Inside the NBA
Bob Costas and Al Micheals - X-games
Rodney Harrison - anything!
Kenny Albert and Tony Dungy - Special Olympics
Another topic would be 'worst combinations that actually happened'...as well as Boomer and the US Open, I'll throw in a bunch of Canadians ones that I can recall:
-Dan Shulman and the NHL
-Ron Maclean and golf
-Brian Williams and Formula One
-Buck Martinez and an 80s game show
-Glenn Healy and curling
-Joe Bowen and boxing
-Darren Dutchyshen and the 1995(?) World Hockey Championship
-Matthew Barnaby and Crashed Ice