On Wednesday’s edition of Three For All, Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz listed both their favorite and most disliked sideline reporters in the sporting world right now. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Benz listed Fox’ Erin Andrews, CBS’ Allie LaForce and the NFL Network’s Jenn Brown as his three favorites, while Merloni went with CNN en Espanol’s Ines Sainz, CNN’s Rachel Nichols and ESPN’s Suzy Kolber as his three picks.
Fauria picked ESPN’s Michelle Beadle, Fox Sports 1′s Charissa Thompson and CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson as his three preferred sideline reporters.
“How about Veronica Corningstone?’ Merloni said, referencing Christina Applegate‘s character from the 2004 film, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”
“I’m a huge fan of Christina Applegate,” Fauria responded.
When it came to picking their most disliked reporter, Benz picked ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
“They put her in so many different positions where she just can’t win,” Fauria said.
Merloni opted to go with Andrews.
“[She's] Just trying to go off-script and just sort of ad-lib a little bit too much and just not getting it done,” Merloni said.
Fauria picked MLB Network’s Kristina Akra, a former Patriots.com employee, as his most disliked sideline reporter.
“She used to drive me nuts, just in general,” Fauria said. “Maybe it’s an air of entitlement, I guess, and taking her job way too seriously. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but all you’re doing is saying, ‘The score is 21-20,’ and then big-timing everybody.”
After finishing their listing, Benz made a point to say that he is upset with the role of sideline reporters in general.
“My gripe is way more with the use of sideline reporters — male or female – at all than it is women in sports journalism,” Benz said.
“Don’t you want to know who got hurt and if they’re going to get back into the game? Isn’t that important to you? Don’t you want to know what the coach is thinking as they’re exiting the field? It’s very important,” Fauria asked.
“That’s part of the problem,” Benz added. “You’ll hear Joe Buck and Troy Aikman say, ‘We just heard from the sideline,’ without going to the sideline reporter! That’s what they’re there for, right?”