The Big Lead has compiled a list of the 10 greatest sports media duos of the last 25 years. At the top of the list is Pardon the Interruption hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. Bobby Burack writes that what sets the two apart is their friendship, which dates back to their days in The Washington Post newsroom, and natural chemistry.
Their unmatched chemistry has resulted in the greatest sports television show of all-time. A show that 17 years later still crushes every sports show in ratings. They never needed to tweak themselves because you don’t tweak the best. Over the years, there has been a laundry list of co-hosts that have filled in for them, many whom are ultra-talented, and each time PTI‘s greatness has been greatly diminished. Whether it be Wilbon pointing out Kornheiser went to bed too early to watch the NBA Finals and his biases toward I-95 teams, Kornheiser talking about Wilbon’s many homes, or the two putting millennials in their places, the duo has closed any argument there is on who should be number one on this list.
The rest of the list is as follows:
2. John Madden & Pat Summerall
3. Chris Berman & Tom Jackson
4. Keith Olbermann & Dan Patrick
5. Stephen A. Smith & Skip Bayless
6. Mike Francesa & Chris Russo
7. Joe Buck & Troy Aikman
8. Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler
9. Al Michaels & Cris Collinsworth
10. Mike Greenberg & Mike Golic