We are finishing 2011 with a literal bang! AA has always been about giving fans a voice in who or what they give a thumbs up or down to for covering sports. For the last week, our readers have voted on our year end Pyrotechnics Awards for the best and worst in sports media. After four days of voting in eight categories, we can now reveal your choices for the winners! Without further adieu, the envelope please...
Wost Play By Play Person Of 2011
5. Dick Stockton - 6.35%
4. Hawk Harrelson - 8.19%
3. Pam Ward - 15.87%
2. Joe Buck - 19.26%
WINNER: Chris Berman - 19.56%
While most associate Berman's schtick with the studio and NFL Countdown, he still makes play by play appearances for the leader calling various baseball games, the Home Run Derby, and US Open golf coverage. In fact, it was Berman who struggled with the concept of a walkoff win earlier this year. To beat out Joe Buck and Pam Ward is certainly quite the acheivement for a rumblin, bumblin, stumblin part timer.
Best Play By Play Person Of 2011
5. Ian Darke - 8.8%
4. Vin Scully - 10.21%
3. Al Michaels - 10.28%
2. Mike Emrick - 15.01%
WINNER: Gus Johnson - 22.04%
It should come as no surprise that the blogosphere's favorite announcer takes home another award from AA readers. You voted him as the best announcer of 2010 last year, and this year he takes home the top play by play prize. What better way to commemorate Gus' last year of being the voice for March Madness and his CBS -> Fox switch. I actually thought on the basis of 2011 alone, Dan Shulman (who finished 6th) deserved the award for the great work he did across a number of platforms. Namely, relating the death of Osama Bin Laden to an audience of millions like a true pro.