Leonard Shapiro’s top 10 D.C. sports anchors of the past 40 years got me thinking about D.C. sports anchors of today, and how TV is different now. It’s less about anchors and more about the play-by-play, color guys and reporters.
So I asked the D.C. sports literati for their top five sportscasters of today, with the only criteria being that their picks currently have on-air TV gigs in the D.C. area. The results are found here, followed by those who participated and a poll for you to pick your favorite.
First though, four observations:
— Comcast SportsNet dominates, probably because they show actual games.
— MASN doesn’t register, probably because their Nats broadcast is abysmal.
— Network anchors still matter, as two of the top five hail from NBC, FOX.
— Two of the top three on this list are proud alumni of JMU. Just sayin’.
Okay, on with the show …
1. Steve Buckhantz — “Simply because of Dagger and Not Possible” … “His longevity and the excitement in his voice (a HUGE thing for me) is enough in a weak crop” … “This one is less on what he’s doing currently — I watched very little Wizards basketball last season — and more on the fact that he’s been very good for a very long time.”
2. Joe Beninati — “Keeps up with the play-by-play as well as anybody” … “Any doubt as to how good we have it with Joe B should be answered by the fact that he is the Versus NHL guy now.” … “I enjoy watching the Caps games much more when they’re on locally than when they’re on nationally. I suspect Joey B is one of the main reasons why.”
3. Lindsay Czarniak — “Dogged and thorough” … “So awesome, cool and 10-car pileup cute that everybody in town believes she once had a crush on them. Until their alarm clock goes off.”
4. Chick Hernandez — “Shapiro got this one right.”
5. Dave Feldman — “How is Feldy 5th? That’s insane.”
Others receiving votes: Craig Laughlin, Kelli Johnson, Michael Jenkins, Russ Thaler, Dan Hellie, Washington Post writers on Washington Post Live, Johnny Holliday, Michael Wilbon, Lisa Hillary, Phil Chenier, Doc Walker, Brett Haber, Tim Brandt, Al Koken, Jill Sorenson, Ivan Carter and Brian Mitchell