Over the years, there have been plenty of personalities to hit the SportsCenter desk. Some are consummate professionals, while others are just pure entertainment. Some become instant fan favorites, while others just sort of rub you the wrong way. And no matter how much you love one of them, someone next to you can’t stand them. So with that in mind, here’s our shot at naming the top 40 anchors in ESPN history.
40. Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole: 2003–2013
Technically, these aren’t SportsCenter anchors, but it feels wrong to completely leave them off the list.
39. Robert Flores: 2007–present
The verdict still seems to be out on Flores. He’s been a part of the SportsCenter team for a while now, but it seems like his spotlight has faded lately. More people should like him.
38. Jonathan Coachman: 2009–present
Coachman is probably best known for his work with WWE, but he’s really performed well outside the wrestling ring.
37. Michael Kim: 1996–present
Michael Kim has a surprisingly funny side to him that people tend to forget. Don’t sleep on Kim, y’all.
36. Sara Walsh: 2010–present
Sara Walsh is quickly becoming a popular anchor, but until she really has a signature style, we can’t rank her any higher.
35. Dave Revsine: 1997–2007
Dave left in 2007 to become the lead studio host for the Big Ten Network.
34. Mike Greenberg: 1996–present
Greenberg is a better radio host than anchor. It’s one of the many facts of life.
33. Bram Weinstein: 2010–present
Does everyone know about Bram? You guys should know Bram. This is Bram. He’s a smart man.
32. Josh Elliott: 2006–2011
Elliott became a staple on SportsCenter when ESPN decided to air the program live every weekday morning. Then Good Morning America stole him. Or he went willingly. The world may never know.
31. Sage Steele: 2007–present
Sage Steele is a little more opinionated than I would like, but she is definitely a rising star on SportsCenter.
30. Trey Wingo: 1997–present
If he anchored SportsCenter more, he’d probably be higher on this list, but right now he’s too busy hosting NFL Live and making Princess Bride references.
29. Lindsay Czarniak: 2011–present
Almost everyone knows Lindsay because of her time slot: 6 p.m. ET. And she’s there for a reason.
28. Kevin Negandhi: 2008–present
Kevin’s really been growing on me lately. I always forget about him until I see him and then I’m like, “Oh, hey, Kevin.”
27. Mike Tirico: 1991–1997
I can’t remember if I remember Mike Tirico on SportsCenter or not, but I’m sure he had little trouble handling the topics thrown at him.
26. Chris Berman: 1979–present
Chris Berman was a huge part of the early success of SportsCenter, but does anyone actually like him? This is more of a sympathy vote based on his historic contributions to the show.
25. Karl Ravech: 1993–2008
In all honesty, Karl Ravech seems to get a bad rep among viewers, and I’m really not sure why. Maybe because he’s smart? I don’t know. He’s very good at his job, though.
24. Jay Crawford: 2012–present
Jay Crawford loses points because he was on First Take, and anyone associated with Skip Bayless gets a bad mark in my book.
23. Stan Verrett: 2000–present
Stan’s on pretty late, but those that get to see him regularly really like him. And he’s also infamously tied to an on-air call where he possibly maybe might have said, “Nigga with a problem.” It was either that or “Neither were a problem.” You decide.
22. Chris McKendry: 1996–present
I feel like a lot of people forget about Chris, but that’s probably because everyone’s so used to her being there. It’s sort of like that store that you pass by every day, but you can’t remember the name of it. Only this is a lady and not a store.
21. Jay Harris: 2003–present
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something about Jay Harris that I really enjoy. Maybe his smile? Who you smilin’ at, Jay? Is it me? Sure hope so. #Respect.
20. Rece Davis: 1995–present
Davis is now known for his great work on College Gameday, but he used to be the go-to-guy on SportsCenter. Plus, he has a broadcaster’s voice, which is fun.
19. Suzy Kolber: 1993-1996, 1999–present
It’s unfortunate that most people associate Suzy Kolber with that time Joe Namath drunkenly hit on her because she really is a great SportsCenter anchor during the NFL offseason.
18. Brian Kenny: 1997-2011
Brian Kenny is great because he tells it like it is. If he’s pissed off about something, he’ll show it, but in a professional manner. And for that, I commend him.
17. Charley Steiner: 1987-2001
Charley Steiner is a giggle box and will forever be synonymous with this commercial.
16. Steve Levy: 1993–present
Every time I see Steve, I can’t help but think of the Ovechkin “This is SportsCenter” commercial.“What are you, a Russian spy or something?” Oh, Steve, you slay me.
15. Hannah Storm: 2008–present
I would love to go on a night out with Hannah Storm. Platonically. Just to talk about the business.
14. Craig Kilborn: 1993–1996
People either love or hate Craig Kilborn. There are no “Eh, he’s okay” remarks about this man.
13. Stuart Scott: 1993–present
Sometimes he tries to act cooler than the other side of the pillow, and that ain’t cool. Hey, dog, just be you.
12. Chris Fowler: 1989–1993
Chris Fowler was built for this job. Is he a robot? Doubt it.
11. Rich Eisen: 1996–2003
Rich Eisen might be too nice. But I like that about him.
10. Neil Everett: 2000–present
Neil Everett makes me happy and that’s all I have to say about that.
9. John Buccigross: 1996–present
John Buccigross is really underrated. Like, seriously underrated.
8. Robin Roberts: 1990–2005
Roberts paved the way for female sportscasters and set the bar very, very high.
7. John Anderson: 1999–present
John’s comedic timing is spot on. He’s also fantastic in the “This Is SportsCenter” commercials.
6. Linda Cohn: 1992–present
When you think Linda Cohn, you think SportsCenter, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a viewer that is not a fan of hers.
5. Bob Ley: 1979–present
Bob Ley is often brought on to discuss the more serious topics of the show and he can pretty much handle anything. In 50 years, people will still be talking about him. And this hilarious moment when he didn’t know he was on TV.
4. Keith Olbermann: 1992–1997
Controversial pick, I know. But before Olbermann burned every bridge at ESPN, he helped turn SportsCenter into the show it is today.
3. Kenny Mayne: 1994–????
I don’t really know what Kenny Mayne does, I just know that I love it.
2. Dan Patrick: 1989-2006
It’s safe to say that no one had a bigger impact on SportsCenter than Dan Patrick, and he’s arguably the most popular anchor in the history of the program. But there’s one guy we like more…
1. Scott Van Pelt: 2001–present
From SportsCenter commercials to catchphrases, Scott Van Pelt is as good as it gets. Simply put, SVP is a man of the people and he’s just as entertaining as he is professional.
So there you have it. What do you guys think? Who makes your Top 5? Let us know in the comments section below.
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