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The silly pops are chillin', the chili's warmin' and the pre-game hype's in full flight. Superbowl XLIII is about 7 hours away. This year's grid iron grapple fest will be broadcast by NBC, which last broadcast it in 1998 and the fairly decent team of Al Michaels and John Madden are slated as the announcers. Sometimes, the enjoyment level associated with a sports broadcast rests solely with the announcers. And Yahoo Sports' Jay Busbee has some thoughts on the 50 worst announcers in sports today. My all time favoutites, both former catchers-turned announcers, Bob Uecker and Joe Garagiola missed the list. Of course the fact they're both long past calling plays may have something to do with it!


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