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Top 5, Dead Or Alive: SportsCenter Anchors Edition

Welcome to Top 5 Dead or Alive, a new feature that’s designed specifically to make life hell for our employees. Each week, we’ll ask one of our writers to come up with a definitive list of the five best people, places or things in a particularly subjective category — then, we’ll ask you to tell him who or what is missing from the list. Feel free to be a total dick.

Today, we’ve asked newly-minted intern Matt Rudnitsky to name the five best SportsCenter anchors of all time. Tell him who he missed in the comments, email him, or tweet at him.

All right, Rudnitsky here. Before I start, let me level with you. I’m 21 years old. This list was really difficult to make for me, considering I never witnessed half of the anchors, and the peak of my SportsCenter-watching existence was probably when I was seven years old, watching at 7am before I left for Ms. Rudolph’s second-grade class. I wasn’t yet cynical enough to distinguish the anchors; I just loved the damn show so much. But now, I’m old(er), and wiser (and crankier). I think I can do this.

Another disclaimer: Chris Berman is not on the list. This will probably make most of you happy, but some will be outraged. He was the network’s first big star, and as ashamed as I am to admit it, I love his catch-phrases. So, while I’m tired of his little act, I’ll give him his due: each anchor that made the top five will get an honorary Chris-Berman-style nickname.

Ok. Let’s get rumblin’, stumblin’, bumblin’ into the rankings. Duh-nuh-nuh. Duh-nuh-nuh.

  • Hezzekiah

    Fair list. SVP deserves a shout out. Best anchor who actually started at SportsCenter in the current millennium. I think we’ve all soured on Stu Scott at this point, but when he first showed up admit it, you loved him and his “Boo-yah”‘s. Going old school, I was always a big Charley Steiner fan. Great beard and responsible for the best SportsCenter blooper of all-time.

    That said, Dan Rydell and Casey McCall > all these guys, even the fabled Olbermann-Patrick tandem.

  • Infinite5k

    The top 3 should be on the list. Dan Patrick, Keith Olbermann and Kenny Mayne are all sure fire guys.
    Dan Patrick’s “aaaaaand GOOD,” Olbermann’s “nnnnGUH” and “They’re not gonna get’em!” and Mayne’s “Riiiiiicola” and “Found’em cuz he knows’em cuz they’re teammates” come to mind.
    But Bob Ley and Linda Cohn??? What?  They are solid, but they aren’t GREAT and certainly are not top 5.
    I will agree with Hezzekiah that Stuart Scott has now grown boring but his 3-5 years at ESPN were nothing short of magical. My favorite SS was “Ma-ma-ma-ma MOOKIE!” when Mookie Blaylock would cash 3′s.  
    Also, one guy who gets no love was the “The Feel Good Edition”‘s Craig Kilborn. He didn’t anchor long but he was awesome.  “Release…. Rotation… SPLASH!” and “GOR-GEE!!” everytime Gheorghe Muresan did anything resembling athleticism.

    Having said this, you’re 21 so you probably have no recollection of Craig Kilborn. Sportscenter, imo, was at it’s finest in the mid 90′s just before they made Jock Jams haha.

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    Yeah I agree a big fan of Charlie Steiner. 

  • Festus

    I despise failed msnbc hate merchant, ko

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