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Top 50 sportscasters

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has the top 50 list of sportscasters as voted by the American Sportscasters Association. These things are so subjective and sure to start arguments, so who's to say absolutely what's right or wrong?

OK, I'll say one thing that's absolutely wrong: Chuck Thompson deservedly is on the list, but at No. 34 he's one place above Chris Berman. Oy.

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Vin Scully ranks first, and Baltimore-connected sportscasters beyond Thompson include Jim McKay at 7 and Jon Miller at 19, though I suppose we could make a small claim on Ernie Harwell (16).

And there is one more that is so head-scratchingly wrong, you wonder whether someone is yanking our chain -- Bill Walton. Yes, he can be fun to listen to, but I don't think we're really laughing with him.

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I'm sure you have your own top 10, so here's mine (while acknowledging the greatness of the likes of Red Barber and Harwell, I'm listing only those I got to hear much of):

1. Al Michaels -- Would make the list if only for his "Do you believe in miracles?" and his ultimate professional performance during the earthquake-interrupted World Series.

2. Jim McKay -- The best storyteller who proved his mettle like no other at Munich.

3. Vin Scully -- His voice just sounds like baseball.

4. Jon Miller -- A small measure of his talent: Orioles fans are still bemoaning his departure.

5. Howard Cosell -- Completely broke the sportscasting mold and hated by many for it, but never ignored.

6. Marv Albert -- Who does basketball better?

7. Jack Buck -- Produced a couple of baseball's most memorable calls and never lost his enthusiasm for whatever game he was doing.

8. Bob Costas -- Moved beyond fine play-by-play to permanent studio host status, where he mixes intelligence with whimsy.

9. Keith Jackson -- Versatile, but indelibly set as the national voice of college football.

10. Verne Lundquist -- How many other guys could do both football and figure skating and do them so well?

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