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Best Sports Talker 

Tony Rizzo

Walter Cronkrite might have covered wars, assassinations and other big-deal Historical Events. But could American’s most august broadcasting personality handle 15 losing Browns seasons since 1999? Could Peter Jennings keep his tie clip in place after Johnny Manziel? No way, Jose Mesa. Which is why Tony Rizzo’s long tenure on the Cleveland sports scene — a Bataan Death March of mediocrity and disappointment — is no joke. From his regular perch on ESPN 850’s Really Big Show, Rizzo’s daily laments and kvetching add up to more than just another aggrieved voice on the radio dial. Uncle Rizzy is our collective id, ego, and super-ego on display, rage and hope and grief out there for everybody to see. And don’t forget your JOEBEES.

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