*Update: Today is the final day to vote in our Joe Morgan Memorial Tournament Final!!! Voting ends tonight at midnight, and as of right now, it looks like Cinderella Craig James has an insurmountable lead. But, as we know, anything can happen! So, stuff those ballot boxes between now and midnight and tell us who should join the three faces of awfulness currently on AA's Mt. Rushmore to replace Joe Morgan...Joe Buck or Craig James. And make sure you come back on Monday for the unveiling of our new and improved Awful Announcing banner!
Our month long Joe Morgan Memorial Tournament has reached the final. Thanks to all of you who have taken part in the tournament so far, especially for the amazing 24,669 votes for the semifinals. It's been an awesome month of awfulness here at AA, but it is now time to turn 32 into 1 and decide who will replace Joe Morgan on Awful Announcing's Mount Rushmore. When we started this tournament July 5th, few people would have predicted ESPN college football analyst Craig James for one final slot. However, a month of horrible PR came from nowhere for the Senator thanks to stunning revelations in the new Mike Leach book combined with the #FreeBruce saga. Those stories lifted James to unprecedented heights of unlikability. In the final he meets Fox play by play man Joe Buck, who in spite of winning some sympathy through battling a vocal cord virus, has rode a wave of years of discontent from sports fans through to the final. Let's hope the final will be just as dramatic as the Colin Cowherd-Joe Buck semifinal, where Buck passed Cowherd in the final two minutes before the clock struck midnight and won by 33 votes out of 12,635. Voting ends Friday night at Midnight on the East Coast.
The future of Awful Announcing's Mount Rushmore lies in your hands. Who will join Pam Ward, Dick Vitale, and Tim McCarver in AA immortality? Will it be Craig James or Joe Buck?
Craig James vs Joe Buck
Fact File: ESPN college football game and studio analyst
Why He's Here: James became an integral part of one of college football's biggest stories when his son Adam's allegations of being locked in a closet led to Mike Leach's firing at Texas Tech. This led to an awkward series of revelations made by Leach about Craig's meddling in his program, lawsuits, and other developments. ESPN was put in the position of having one of their analysts be an integral part of the controversy. How did Craig James respond? Well, rumor has it he wants to be a Senator of course. And now that his coverup and controversy briefly resulted in the "suspension" of respected CFB writer Bruce Feldman, James is more despised than ever.
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Craig James loses it
Round 1 Result: Defeated Mike Patrick 75.17% - 24.83%
Round 2 Result: Defeated Rick Reilly 66.32% - 33.68%
Round 3 Result: Defeated Stephen A. Smith 60.76% - 39.24%
Final 4 Result: Defeated Chris Berman 77.16% - 22.84%
Fact File: Fox's #1 play by play man for NFL and MLB. Has announced several World Series and Super Bowls.
Why He's Here: Joe Buck has quickly risen to the top of the most disliked sports announcers. His dry, monotone style doesn't quite fit in with an age where Gus Johnson and Kevin Harlan are two of the more popular sports announcers in the business. Beyond that though, Joe Buck has a certain air of smugness towards his announcing duties, even admitting in the past that he isn't that big of a sports fan. His attempted and failed late night career told sports fans that he had bigger and better things to do than announce the biggest games in sports.
Round 2 Result: Defeated Deion Sanders 55.21% - 44.79%
Round 3 Result: Defeated Jim Gray 56.34% - 45.66%
Final 4 Result: Defeated Colin Cowherd 50.13% - 49.87%
I tuned in to SportsCenter last night looking for post-game coverage of the Stanley Cup finals. Big mistake. ESPN these days is nothing but LeBron/Heat with a few baseball highlights mixed in. They're totally ignoring the other major sport holding their championship series right now.