SportsCenter Anchor Power Rankings 1.0

Welcome to FFF's first ever SportsCenter Anchor Power Rankings.

Who qualifies for these rankings? Only the regulars-- anchors must have some kind of daily schedule, not just the guys who come in whenever they need some extra cash (Berman) or the ones who anchor just once a week. Bob Ley, for instance, was a great anchor, he even had a perfect show back in '89, but he doesn't qualify because he only hosts Sunday morning SportsCenters. He's basically like Tony Hawk retiring from skateboarding but returning every year for the Best Trick Contest at the X-Games.

How are the anchors ranked? I'm glad you asked. The anchors are ranked on a number of different categories (in order of importance):

-Charisma
-Experience
-Humor
-Extracurricular Activities (commercials, radio shows, etc.)
-Twitter game
-HAR: Highlights Above Replacement - This number, much like the sabermetric, WAR (Wins Above Replacement), is an all inclusive measurement of the anchor's contribution to the show, on the same scale as WAR. In a single segment, how many highlights can this anchor deliver above what a replacement anchor could deliver?

As for the ratings themselves, its on a grading scale with C of course being average. I thought about going with a 20-80 MLB scouting ranking system, but figured that'd be too unorthodox for some readers. Making these rankings was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be. There really aren't any anchors I dislike, so last place is really the least good anchor instead of the worst. Here it goes.

1. Scott Van Pelt - When Rich Eisen left for the NFL Network and Chris Berman and Stu Scott stopped anchoring as frequently (thank God in Stu's case), I think it was safe to say Van Pelt became the man of the house as far as regulars go. He passes the mom test-- he's possibly the only anchor that my mom could actually recognize if we were ever walking around the streets of Bristol. He has his own radio show on ESPN Radio (airs on ESPN2) and even though I don't know anyone who watches or listens to it, he gets still gets some points for having a show. He has also made appearances in EA Sports Tiger Woods video games. He incorporates humor very well into his highlights and always sets up his co-anchor for good jokes.
Charisma: A+
Experience: B+
Humor: A
Extracurricular Activities: A
Twitter game: A (@notthefakesvp)
HAR: 8.4
Athlete Comparison: Roy Halladay


2. Linda Cohn - Cohn has been a household name on SportsCenter since 1993 (I was born in '91) so as long as  I've been watching, she's been on. She's always in a great mood, always cracking jokes, etc. but what's great about her is that she loves all four major sports (including hockey) which is pretty rare for a SportsCenter anchor. She's got a great voice, her own book, and a fan site. You can tell she's probably the exact same person on camera as she is off. Plus, she'll accept your friend request on Facebook which is a big plus. Her only downside is her horrible New York bias, which she floods your Twitter feed with.
Charisma: A
Experience: A+
Humor: B
Extracurricular Activities: B+
Twitter game: C- (@lindacohn)
HAR: 7.2
Athlete Comparison: Derek Jeter







3. Neil Everett - Everett is without a doubt the funniest anchor. However, east coast bias could keep him from ever reaching that #1 spot. He's the only anchor that passes the clock test-- when I look at the clock and it's almost 1:00 AM, I think to myself, "nice, Neil Everett is about to be host SportsCenter". Also, he's part of the best anchor-duo with Stan Verrett. I know Neil isn't young, but he's got a ton of potential. If Van Pelt ever leaves, I see Everett being the go to guy.
Charisma: A+
Experience: B-
Humor: A+
Extracurricular Activities: D
Twitter game: F (Doesn't have one)
HAR: 5.0
Athlete Comparison: David Wright


4. John Anderson - One thing about Anderson that stands out above all other anchors is that he knows how to hype up an episode so well. I'm talking about that opening segment where the lead anchor yells over the music as clips of highlights of the upcoming show are playing. (By the way, there's always that last clip of a highlight that makes you go "WTF", isn't there? That's the one that sucks you into watching the entire show. For instance, they might show a one second clip Derek Jeter crying. Then you start thinking, "Why is Jeter crying? Is it because he's slumping? Is he thinking about retirement? Did he have a fight with A-Rod?" but then you watch the show and see the entire highlight and realize it was just a bug that flew into his eye.) He does that so well, he really gets me excited for the upcoming SportsCenter. He also hosts the ABC show "Wipeout" which is a great show to watch if your favorite team is in a rain delay, but nothing more than that. Anderson is overall a solid anchor and is great for his timeslot (11 PM) and is pretty refreshing to watch after a 7:00 game of baseball/hockey/basketball/Deal or No Deal. 
Charisma: B
Experience: A
Humor: B
Extracurricular Activities: B
Twitter game: F (Doesn't have one)
HAR: 4.8
Athlete Comparison: 2010 Jose Bautista


5. Brian Kenny - SportsCenter's go to interview guy, Kenny usually mans the 6 pm show. He's the crafty veteran, some experts have called him 'the next Bob Ley'. He anchors well with Jay Harris to make your dad's favorite anchor combo. Not exactly the most humorous anchor, but he takes his job seriously. I'm not saying that's a bad thing; he's a nice change of pace anchor for sure. ESPN really likes him and uses him as a utility man for hosting shows like Baseball Tonight and Friday Night Fights. His only downside is that I'd like to see him break character a little more on his Twitter-- he's just as professional online as he is on TV.
Charisma: A
Experience: A+
Humor: D
Extracurricular Activities: A
Twitter game: C- (@BKShowESPNRadio)
HAR: 3.0
Athlete Comparison: Pre-2010 Todd Helton

6. John Buccigross - Bucci's job is basically to hit on Sage Steele every morning. For that, I can't decide whether I dislike him or whether he's the man. He does try, sometimes a little too hard, to be the funny guy of SportsCenter. He once wrote a book about career sub-par NHL defenseman (and former Flyer) Keith Jones. So I guess he's the man.
Charisma: B
Experience: A
Humor: B
Extracurricular Activities: B
Twitter game: C+ (@buccigross)
HAR: 2.7
Athlete Comparison: Pablo Sandoval

7. Steve Levy - Actually, I'm just going to just let his Wikipedia page do the talking. He is also known for leaving follow co-anchor Keith Olbermann in stitches when, due to teleprompter typo, he said "bulging dick" instead of "bulging disk". 
Charisma: B
Experience: A+
Humor: B-
Extracurricular Activities: D
Twitter game: C+ (@ESPNSteveLevy)
HAR: 2.5
Athlete Comparison: Torii Hunter


8. Jay Harris - A light version of Brian Kenny, Harris is an up and coming anchor. He worked his way up from the minors (ESPNEWS) was given a pretty good timeslot. He's got potential, but no one really knows how much. I could see him being your son's favorite anchor some day. He has to soak in everything he can from Brian Kenny. He already has a Twitter game beyond his years, which is usually the big potential factor scouts look for.
Charisma: B+
Experience: D
Humor: C+
Extracurricular Activities: C
Twitter game: A (@JayHarrisESPN)
HAR: 2.5
Athlete Comparison: Carlos Santana

9. Kevin Negandhi - Maybe a surprise to some to see Negandhi ranked in the top 10 this early in his ESPN career, but he's got a great repertoire. He's the first Indian American broadcaster on a national sports network in American history. He was called up from the minors after just a few years of seasoning (joined ESPNEWS in 2006) and is already an everyday player. Plus, he's got a great anchor name. Negandhi. It rolls off the tongue nicely. The sky's the limit for this guy.
Charisma: B
Experience: D
Humor: C
Extracurricular Activities: D
Twitter game: B (@KNegandhiESPN)
HAR: 2.0
Athlete Comparison: Mat Latos

10. Sage Steele - The second woman in the top 10, Sage adds some flavor to the morning and sometimes mid-day SportsCenters. Could she be the woman leader aka Linda Cohn of the next generation? Possibly. She debuted in 2007 and is the youngest anchor (I think).
Charisma: A
Experience: F
Humor: C+
Extracurricular Activities: D
Twitter game: B (@sagesteele)
HAR: 1.9
Athlete Comparison: Justin Upton

11. Hannah Storm - Might I begin by saying my friend Matt made a great point one time when he said both Hannah Storm and Sage Steele have great pornstar names. Storm is the best looking anchor and because of that, she constantly gets hit on by Josh Elliot. She doesn't seem to be too knowledgeable about sports and ESPN doesn't have her do too much outside of SportsCenter.
Charisma: B+
Experience: C+
Humor: B
Extracurricular Activities: F
Twitter game: F (doesn't have one)
HAR: 1.9
Athlete Comparison: Rickie Weeks

12. Stan Verrett - Verrett's good, but he'd be nothing without Everett. That would be like Pau Gasol trying to run the Lakers without Kobe. I'm not bashing Verrett by any means, he's one of the best #2's in the game today, but he's too average to ever be a #1.
Charisma: C+
Experience: D+
Humor: C+
Extracurricular Activities: F
Twitter game: F (doesn't have one)
HAR: 1.4
Athlete Comparison: Bobby Abreu

13. Chris McKendry - Solid anchor, not much upside, not a good #1. She's overshadowed by Buccigross in the afternoon shows, which is a pretty bad timeslot to begin with. Because of that, I don't think her talents will ever be fully recognized.
Charisma: C
Experience: C
Humor: C
Extracurricular Activities: F
Twitter game: F (doesn't have one)
HAR: 1.2
Athlete Comparison: Kansas City Royals' Mike Sweeney

14. Jonathan Coachman - I really wanted to rank Coachman higher. He's so lovable. He gets the 6 pm SportsCenters sometimes, but overally he's a great utility man-- they could really stick him into any timeslot with any anchor and he'll blend in.
Charisma: C+
Experience: C-
Humor: C-
Extracurricular Activities: F
Twitter game: N/A (He signed up for Twitter literally two hours ago; @TheCoachESPN)
HAR: 1.1
Athlete Comparison: Matt Stairs

15. Josh Elliot - This will be Elliot's only appearance on the power rankings. He's moving to Good Morning America sometime in the near future. He's a pretty average anchor, but his job is simple-- make Hannah Storm feel uncomfortable as possible.
Charisma: C-
Experience: C
Humor: C+
Extracurricular Activities: D+
Twitter game: F (Doesn't have one)
HAR: 0.7
Athlete Comparison: Brad Penny

16. Robert Flores - Flores hasn't been given an everyday role, but has the potential to be a solid #2. He's got a pretty good Twitter and seems like a nice guy, I wouldn't mind seeing him move up in the next power rankings.
Charisma: C+
Experience: D+
Humor: D+
Extracurricular Activities: C
Twitter game: B (@RoFloSC)
HAR: 0.5
Athlete Comparison: Garrett Jones

17. Cindy Brunson - Decent anchor from time to time, but, like Flores, doesn't have any every day role. She's married to Steve Berthiaume (BBTN anchor, catchphrase enthusiast). 
Charisma: C+
Experience: D+
Humor: D
Extracurricular Activities: D
Twitter game: B- (@ESPNCindyB)
HAR: 0.5
Athlete Comparison: Yorvit Torrealba

Coming soon: Top 25 ESPN Personalities Poll

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