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So who is the worst studio analyst?

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  November 9, 2012 04:54 PM

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Semi-random question while I offer up Friday's media column, which includes items on NESN's latest hire, the late Jim Durham, and the lack of political chatter on WEEI's morning program:

finnshaq1009.JPGIf you, as a loyal sports television viewer, had the power to vote off one personality from any pregame or postgame studio program of your choosing, who would it be?

Shannon Sharpe? Magic Johnson? Mitch Williams?

All worthy choices to have their microphones turned off, I say.

As large as his personality is, I think I’d vote Shaquille O’Neal from TNT’s “Inside The NBA’’ off the island. He’s reluctant to offer a real opinion unless Charles Barkley eggs him on or it’s an opportunity to insult Dwight Howard, and more damning, he’s affected the phenomenal chemistry between Barkley, Kenny Smith, and ringmaster Ernie Johnson.

Turner’s decision to pursue Shaq when he retired made sense; ESPN was desperate to hire him in its ongoing to attempt to match what "Inside The NBA'' had going for it.

The irony is that they lost out on him, and yet his presence has adversely affected the most enjoyable sports studio show I've ever seen.

Maybe he'll get better, but who would have thought he'd show more charisma when he pretended to be a statue in Harvard Square than he would on TV?

So who would it be for you? Shaq? Or some other talking-head nuisance? Who am I missing and who should be tuned out?

Note before you vote in the comments: Remember I said "pregame or postgame" -- otherwise we'd vote unanimously for Skip Bayless and be done with it.

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