Watch the smarminess explode in this next matchup of the Joe Morgan Memorial between these two Jims off the old block! There may be no sleazier sports figure on television in history than Jim Gray with his exploits covering the gambit from making a sympathetic figure out of Pete Rose to asking LeBron about his fingernails. But, will Gray's general scumminess be enough to overcome the King Of All Puns...Jim Nantz? Remember AA Nation, it's Nantz's cozy relationship with CBS execs that most likely forced out Gus Johnson, halting his dream of announcing the Final Four. So much awfulness to choose from, but only one winner!
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Why He's Here: Two words - The Decision. Jim Gray's involvement in The Decision led to plenty of jealousy from fellow sports media personalities and plenty of fury from sports fans. At least his pointless stalling in that interview wasn't as contentious as his infamous interview with Pete Rose. But, there's also many other examples of Jim Gray's sterling career.
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Why He's Here: Hello, friends. Jim Nantz isn't liked by some sports fans simply because he held Gus Johnson's chair at the Final Four in a vicegrip. Nantz is perhaps too professional as an announcer as his overly smooth and polished style sometimes turns off viewers. While Nantz has his moments, he has never been fully accepted by college basketball and NFL fans as their lead announcer. And then, there are the puns. Oh, the puns.
Jim Nantz Caught Practicing One Liners
Jim Nantz Drops Three Dog Puns At End Of Uconn/Butler National Championship Game
The Jonas Brothers Have A Fan In Jim Nantz
Jim Nantz Has An Oil Painting Of Himself
Jim Gray d. Jim Nantz 78.15% - 21.85%
You didn't even mention George Shea's over the top promotion at the top of the show. Something to the effect of "Competitive eating is the arena where God and Lucifer compete." For me, I look forward to the contest every year exactly for all the cheesy and contrived lines. There's plenty of time the rest of the year to cover more serious pursuits, I always have fun watching the Nathan's contest on the 4th.