Hello Friends, CBS' Jim Nantz Named Sportscaster Of The Year

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Jim Nantz has capped off an especially amazing year of broadcasting for an individual by being named by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association the 2007 Sportscaster of the Year. You may remember him starting the year by going through a 63-day stretch calling the Superbowl, March Madness and then Masters.

Nantz was also tabbed to follow the Patriots around the Country for the better part of the NFL season and witnessed one of the most watched NFL games (Indy-NE, 33 million) in years.

The CBS press release doesn't say who he was up against, but they do offer this tidbit. Nantzy is writing a book!

Nantz is currently writing his first book and in May 2008, Always By My Side - A Father's Grace and a Sports Journey Unlike Any Other, will hit bookstores across the country. Nantz will tell his personal stories from football, basketball and golf and how he has met people along the way who remind him of the virtues his father instilled in him. The foreword to the book will be written by one of his father figures and dear friend, former President George H.W. Bush.
When does the fun ever stop with Jim Nantz?

(Source CBS PR)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:12 PM

20 Comments:

Sorry, I am just not a fan of his at all, I don't get it. He just doesn't capture the moment for me. Moreover, the combination of him and Simms is even worse. I also think he is out of place in the college basketball. Just seems odd. But to give him credit he is the best in golf. If you could put him with Johnny Miller that would be the dream team in the broadcasting of that sport.

Brett

Anonymous said...
Jan 16, 2008, 4:58:00 PM  

I don't have a problem with him. I'm not a fan, but he's clearly not a bum.

J.J. said...
Jan 16, 2008, 5:14:00 PM  

He is CBS Golden Child!

I am still confused on Greg Gumbel being replaced by him on NFL play-by-play. Greg Gumbel blends better with Phil Simms.

Anonymous said...
Jan 16, 2008, 5:15:00 PM  

Gus Johnson should have won. He is forced to watch crap games every week and still keeps his excitement and remains the best college hoops play-by-play man around. And he has to endure the Knicks. If he doesn't earn this award, he should at least get a purple heart.

GMoney said...
Jan 16, 2008, 5:22:00 PM  

He's a bum. You can actually hear when he's reading from a piece of paper.

Awkward and terrible, not to mention an incredible Pats homer.

He gets personally insulted whenever someone drops a Tom Brady pass or touches his idol Tom Brady.

What a jagoff.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 16, 2008, 5:22:00 PM  

Yeah I used to like him more....he seems like a watered down version of his original self now. I really think he and Phil Simms hate each other.

Jan 16, 2008, 5:24:00 PM  

I obviously disagree with the "bum" comment, but after thinking about it, I do know my biggest criticism of him. He's too self-conscious. He knows that he's making some of the biggest calls in history, and he's already prepared his lines fully knowing that. I think it's especially obvious in golf. But the most memorable lines in broadcasting are the spontaneous, "Do you believe in miracles" lines. He just doesn't seem capable of that true emotion or spontaneity

J.J. said...
Jan 16, 2008, 5:28:00 PM  

I've heard him on with Don and Mike several times and he's a smarmy, narcissistic prick. I wasn't a big fan of his before his D&M appearances, but I like him even less since.

Bruce said...
Jan 16, 2008, 6:11:00 PM  

I like Nantz, even back when he was the 16th hole for CBS golf coverage.

Not too wild about his friendship with 41 and 43, though.

odessasteps said...
Jan 16, 2008, 6:36:00 PM  

Nantz a "smarmy,narcissistic prick";wow,what are the odds that someone like that would be friends with the Bushes?GW is truly a shitstain,the dopey front man for the NWO and GHW has links to the Franklin Coverup.Google that term sometime...brutal.RON PAUL=PATRIOT

Hugh Jorgan said...
Jan 16, 2008, 8:55:00 PM  

I do not mind Nance. He is uncanny when it comes to picking the top seeds in the NCAA tournament but he is a better host then play-by-play man. I think Greg Gumbel is much better and Gus Johnson is good also.

stephen said...
Jan 16, 2008, 9:18:00 PM  

I remember when Nantz was the weekend sports teleprompter reader on KSL in Salt Lake City. He was a pompous ass even back then.

He clearly spends all weekend thinking of what his NCAA "championship" call will be. The majority of them being the definition of trite.

But, my favorite Nantz line:

"I'm blessed to have great friends, and there are a lot of men in my life who've been more than just friends."-- (Golf Digest, April 2005)

BTW, is there a golfer he DOESN'T have a mancrush on?

Dave said...
Jan 16, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

@Dave:
Nantz and Kevin Harlan (who does the NCAA Basketball Championship on radio) must have a bet to see who's scripted, lame call is the cheesiest.

Rick James Bible Owner said...
Jan 16, 2008, 11:54:00 PM  

A tradition unlike any other... Nantzy

Riggs said...
Jan 17, 2008, 12:17:00 AM  

Nantz broadcaster of the Year?
Isn't that like naming W the Earth's best president?

Anonymous said...
Jan 17, 2008, 8:48:00 AM  

hugh jorgan, I believe Hulk Hogan was the front man for the NWO.

GMoney said...
Jan 17, 2008, 11:06:00 AM  

If you consider his consistency in changing/butchering the English language through the years then this is a perfect award for him.

"out with [insert entire body part]"

"there is a chance of weather by the end of the game"

"a 23 gain on the play"

Anonymous said...
Jan 17, 2008, 11:30:00 AM  

Wow, most of you guys are really quite harsh on Jim - let the guy have his moment in the sun! I venture to guess he's more accomplished than all of you. Seems like an extremely honest, level-headed, intelligent guy.

happyforhim said...
Apr 10, 2008, 7:06:00 AM  

Brett - Johnny Miller in the dream team of golf broadcasting? Please tell me you were being ironic. He's the quintessential awful announcer.

Kristen said...
May 12, 2008, 8:49:00 PM  

It's easy to be an armchair quarterback....

While I have not yet read Jimmy's book, I can say I have worked with him in the booth for several years. As a person, he is an upstanding, generous man. As a sports broadcaster, everyone will have their own preferences but inarguably, he has achieved a level in that field that most will never see. I respect him tremendously.

As for any issue between him and Phil -- absolutely none exists.

Anonymous said...
May 28, 2008, 4:15:00 PM  

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