Like, Gio Gonzalez? Great sports-talk radio guest. Ernie Grunfeld? Horrible sports-talk radio guest. Clinton Portis? Automatic Web traffic. Ryan Kerrigan? Zzzzzzzz.
But plenty of people care about the hosts more than the guests, and thus, this first-ever Talkers.com list of the 100 best sports-radio hosts in the U.S. Five of the 100 shows are based in D.C.; here they are, in order.
1. Tony Kornheiser (No. 8 overall)
2. The Junkies (No. 47 overall)
3. Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro (No. 61 overall)
4. LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes (No. 77 overall)
5. Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin (No. 96 overall)
There were also a couple of Baltimore names on the list: Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn were 28th, and Ed Norris and Steve Davis were 36th. Plus Rob Dibble is 93rd. Shudder.
See the full list here. Your thoughts?
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
After a frustrating loss, the Nats get ready for “a crucial homestand against division opponents.” This is fun.
Tracee Hamilton says Ozzie Guillen “just can’t shut up.”
With the U.S. team at Verizon Center, Michael Lee calls it “the largest collection of talent this arena has hosted since the 2001 NBA All-Star Game.”
Obama on ‘92 vs. 2012: “I think someone else put it pretty well tonight: The Dream Team was never down eight.”
Mike Green says there’s as “100 percent” chance he can hit 70 points again.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Davey Johnson on getting Ian Desmond back:
“We’ve got a real good-looking masseuse in there, and she’s been working on him.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
If you missed this over the weekend, it’s Chris Webber doing the Wizards summer league game, and confusing Ron Burgundy with Ron Jeremy. Via @RecordsAndRadio.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats host the Mets at 7 on MASN. The Orioles are in Minnesota at 8 on MASN2. The Wizards’ Summer Leaguers are on CSN at 6. All TV/Radio listings are here.
The Marlins roof was leaking during the Nats game, via Nats Enquirer.
Rashard Lewis was this country’s 42nd-highest paid athlete last year, according to SI.com.
Davey Johnson on why players use pine tar: “So they can hold a bat and not throw it in the stands. How much clearer do I got to be? Holy moly. And everybody uses it. Why do they have it on deck? Why do they have the sticky stuff? Because they wear gloves...Geez-o-pete.”
Adam Oates spends 20 minutes coaching up George McPhee’s son.
Jeff Pearlman says Joe Posnanski should shelve his Joe Paterno biography.
Tony Romo is staying in shape by playing in a JCC basketball league.
Dez Bryant was arrested on a misdemeanor family violence charge.
IKEA beer. Ol Mork. Betcha it’s cheap.