I’m PFT Commenter and I’m counting down the 10 sharpest minds in the industry. Where will your favorite analyst or sports person land? (probably not high)
Ranked on: Infotainment value, being a pros pro and strength of takes
2. Mike Florio
Infotainment Value: 10
Many will be suprised that I didnt have Florio at number 1 but as a lawyer he can tell you that it would be a clear-cut conflict on interest and legally he woudnt be able to accept the award.
Its hard to make the shift from lawyer and internet whiz-kid to lawyer and primetime football personality megastar but somehow Mike(hes a lawyer) is able to pull it off better then anyone else. Like most other West Virginians Florios afraid to fly because the only planes they see growing up are the Surge and Little Debbie airlifts that would feed there town once a month so planes are still kindve a new deal for him but he doesnt let that become a excuse.
How hes able to keep the “Days w/out a arrest” tracker going without shortcircuiting NBC.com in this era of your Titus Youngs and Russell Wilsons is beyond me.
Being a Pros Pro: 9
The chemistry on the SNF set between Peter King, Florio, Dungy, Chris Collinsworth and Dan Patrick and Rodney Harrison, Bob Costas and Hines Ward, Al Michaels, and Michelle Tafoya is simply electric but they all know its Florios world, there just living in it. Alot of new analysts get blinded by the bright lights of television but Florio has a way of rising to the occaision like when he stands on a stack of yellow pages during his two shots with Peter King.
Like many of the other guys in my top10, Florio tends to create alot of jealousy on account of his success which is why you see so many basement hacks trying to springboard off PFT to achieve internet notariety.
Strength of Takes: 10
Mike knows BS when he smells it and hes not afraid to call you out. Ever since I stopped commenting on ProFootballTalk, the quality of the comments section has gone downhill in a hurry so Mike sent a message and threatened to Ban EVERYONE from his site. Message recieved, the commenters over at PFT called a players only meeting and stepped up their takes.
Florio never pulls punches and some of my favorite Florio takes are when he said MeNut Tillmans girlfriend should have to wear a Nuva-Ring December through April,,or the time he reported Terry Bradshaw killed himself (car accidents are technicaly suicide if your a bad driver people forget that)
Best Career Moment: Mikes making his Silver Screen debut in “DraftDay” next year as the guy who leak’s the number 1 picks wonderlic score. The movies’ about the new owner of the Browns and they had to change the movies’ title after “We Bought a Zoo” already came out.
Total Score: 29 God bless him but “Florio’s” sounds like the worlds worst cereal