Stephen A. has style without substance. I love hearing him scream all the time, but he doesn't say anything remotely reasonable. He really did say something retarded while filling in for Rome a week or two ago...even by his standards. He said that he'd be thrilled after the Tour De France ended, so he'd never have to hear Lance Armstrong's name again. Smith said that he's happy for him (that he made it back from cancer, too) and gives him props for that, but says that it's ridiculous (he loves that word, said in his special little way, too) that Lance is even mentioned in a top athletes discussion. He says that he rides a bike for a living for chrissake. Of course, Stephen A. fails to mention that he rides for 86+ hours over a three week span and through many difficult terrains. I'm not sure whether or not he's the best athlete period, but he's definitely in the discussion.
The worst has to be Berman. A nickname here or there is amusing and fun, but he uses them for each player. A casual fan would have no idea who the hell these players are (real names) after watching him. Bermanisms are so outdone now.
Does Jennie Finch, the sometimes softball analyst on ESPN count?
Seriously, she's not that great, though, but her voice is hot.
The best is Buster Olney when he does Baseball Tonight. He's very informative, states his point clearly without screaming or b*tching, and his points are usually quite good. He's a great sportswriter, too. What I'm impressed by him, too, is that Olney doesn't really talk with a heavy Yankee bias, as I first expected when I saw him on the show. He will point out things about the Yankees here or there with his knowledge of the team, but he certainly is nowhere as near biased as some people who cover a single team a lot.