After Week 17, I’ll hand out the winners of the 5th Annual Fang’s Bites Awards. Usually, I just list those who won plus the honorable mentions. You never see the candidates whom I think are eligible each year. Well, it’s time to change that.
Here are the nominees in each category.
Best Play-by-Play: Marv Albert, CBS; Ian Eagle, CBS; Al Michaels, NBC; Brad Nessler, NFL Network; Sam Rosen, Fox; Mike Tirico, ESPN.
Best Game Analyst: Brian Billick, Fox; Cris Collinsworth, NBC; Dan Fouts, CBS; Mike Mayock, NFL Network; Phil Simms, CBS
Best Sunday Morning Pre-Game Show: Fox NFL Sunday, Fox; NFL GameDay Morning, NFL Network; The NFL Today, CBS
Best Studio Show, Daily or Weekly: Inside the NFL, Showtime; NFL Live, ESPN; NFL Matchup, ESPN; NFL Total Access, NFL Network; Playbook, NFL Network
Best Highlights: NFL GameDay Final, NFL Network; NFL Primetime, ESPN; SportsCenter 7:30 p.m. Sunday, ESPN
Best Studio Host: James Brown, CBS/Showtime; Curt Menefee, Fox; Dan Patrick, NBC; Andrew Siciliano, DirecTV
Best Studio Analyst: Bill Cowher, CBS; Tony Dungy, NBC; Marshall Faulk, NFL Network; Howie Long, Fox; Steve Mariucci, NFL Network; Michael Strahan, Fox
Most Valuable Network: Fox, NBC, NFL Network
Best NFL Insider: John Clayton, ESPN; Mike Florio, NBC, Jay Glazer, Fox, Jason La Canfora, NFL Network; Adam Schefter, ESPN
Best Announcing Team: Marv Albert/Rich Gannon, CBS; Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts, CBS; Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth, NBC; Jim Nantz/Phil Simms, CBS; Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock, NFL Network; Sam Rosen/Brian Billick, Fox;
Most Improved Presentation: Inside the NFL, Showtime; Thursday Night Football, NFL Network
Best Game Coverage: Monday Night Football, ESPN; NFL on Fox, Fox; Sunday Night Football, NBC; Thursday Night Football, NFL Network
Rookie of the Year: Jaime Maggio, Fox; Chad Pennington, Fox; NFL Turning Point, Versus
Best Return to the NFL: Marv Albert, CBS; Melissa Stark, NFL Network;
Best Move: Debut of NFL Turning Point, Versus; NFL Signing Long-Term TV Contracts with CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC; Replacing Matt Millen and Joe Theismann with Mike Mayock, NFL Network;
Worst Play-by-Play: Thom Brennaman, Fox; Joe Buck, Fox; Bill Macatee, CBS; Ron Pitts, Fox; Dick Stockton, Fox
Worst Game Analyst: Steve Beuerlein, CBS; Randy Cross, CBS; Jim Mora, Jr., formerly Fox
Worst Studio Host: Chris Berman, ESPN; Stuart Scott, ESPN
Worst Studio Analyst: Tedy Bruschi, ESPN; Cris Carter, ESPN; Michael Irvin, NFL Network; Eric Mangini, ESPN; Shannon Sharpe, CBS
Worst Studio Show: Monday Night Countdown, ESPN; NFL 32, ESPN; Sunday NFL Countdown, ESPN
Worst Move: Bob Costas’ Halftime Commentary on Sunday Night Football, NBC; Removing Rich Eisen from NFL Total Access; Putting Michael Irvin on Thursday Night Football Pregame, NFL Network
If you have any nominations of your own, feel free to add them in the comments.