Given that it’s March and we’re a website, we brainstormed some fun bracket ideas. Unfortunately most fell short of what would be a worthy concept for this site. Luckily I remembered an idea we had a few years ago to rank the best announcer cameo rankings that unfortunately never materialized. So with that in mind, we’ve gone ahead and and selected 16 movies for you all to determine the best announcer cameo of all time.

Before we give you the bracket, some rules to help your criteria and get a feel of our selection process.

– We’ll open up voting tomorrow for the first round along with video clips of the announcers in each movie. You may want to block out some time at work or home when you’re free to do something totally unproductive.

– Best announcer cameo of all time is a bit misleading as our bracket only goes back to movies in the 70’s. Some of the older sports movies are not online and although a bit of a copout, the selection committee has seen limited amount of films from before the 70’s.

– We limited this to announcing booths and not studio shows. There are some great performances of various sports media personalities doing some great scenes in movies, but we’re trying to compare apples to apples here. Also we’d like to limit the criteria to scenes from the announcing booth and not let’s say at a bar or a party.

– Has to be a real announcer because honestly, I’d probably give my vote to Fred Willard in Best In Show.

– Only one movie for each announcer/announcers per franchise so if you did an entire trilogy, you’re not getting credit for all three for this contest.

– The criteria we want you to judge by – The cameo that added the most added value to the movie in question. Not the best movie, or longest cameo, or your favorite announcer, but simply who added the most value to the movie in question.

With all that said here are the matchups, with one other caveat – we’re hiding the seed numbers as we’d like to not have our arbitrary rankings influence your voting. You’ll probably be able to discern them to some degree.

First Round Matchups:


Bob Uecker as Harry Doyle in Major League  vs. Jim Rome and Chris Berman in The Longest Yard

to face the winner of:

Bob Miller in Mighty Ducks vs. Barry Tompkins in Rocky IV

———Winner from above group of four goes onto play winner of group below————–


Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, and Dan Dierdorf in Jerry Maguire vs. Chick Hearn in Fletch

to face the winner of:

Jim Nantz in Tin Cup vs.  Marv Albert in The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh



Mel Allen, Curt Gowdy, Dick Enberg, Dick Vitale, Tim McCarver, and Jim Palmer in The Naked Gun vs.  John Madden and Pat Summerall in The Replacements

to face the winner of:

Brent Musburger and Dan Fouts in The Waterboy vs. vs.  Vin Sully in For Love Of The Game

———–Winner from above group of 4 goes onto play winner of group below—————–


Verne Lundquist in Happy Gilmore vs. Dick Vitale In Blue Chips

Al Michaels and Bob Costas in Baseketball vs.  Chris Schenkel in Kingpin


Again, we’ll post clips from all of these movies tomorrow along with the voting for the first round. Until then feel free to argue over the matchups, our selection and voting criteria, or any glaring omissions. If you want to gives your Final Four and eventual champion, feel free to do so as well.

About Ben Koo

Owner and editor of @AwfulAnnouncing. Recovering Silicon Valley startup guy. Fan of Buckeyes, A's, dogs, naps, tacos. and the old AOL dialup sounds

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