Mike Vaccaro Leads Weak National Sports Media Association’s 2016 Hall of Fame Finalists

Mike Lupica is one of the finalists for the National Sports Media Association’s 2016 Hall of Fame award. (Admit it, you didn't know Mike Lupica was fired by ESPN NY radio.)

Meh. (Craig Carton will be thrilled.)

Frank Isola is one of four candidates for the organization’s New York Sportswriter of the Year award. (Mike Francesa will be thrilled.)

The NSMA named a variety of candidates this past Tuesday for writing and broadcasting awards, summed up in what is probably Bob Raissman's last Daily News Column. Lupica is making his first appearance on the HOF ballot along with writers Ira Berkow and Claire Smith. Sportscasters James Brown, Linda Cohn (Boomer Esiason will be thrilled), the late Frank Gifford (Hanky Franky), along with Bryant and Greg Gumbel (WFAN’s original morning show was hosted by Greg, who still works for CBS) are also on the HOF ballot for the first time.

Dick Weiss (New York Daily News, Philadelphia Daily News) and the late Dick Young (News, NY Post) return to the writers HOF ballot.

Isola joins Bob Glauber (Newsday), Tyler Kepner (New York Times), and Mike Vaccaro (Post) on the NY Sportswriter of the Year candidate list.

Newsday is still, apparently, a thing. (Glauber is best known for outing Judy Batista.)

Twelve voices are finalists for National Sportscaster of the Year award, including Joe Buck (Fox), Bob Costas (NBC), Ian Eagle (CBS), Mike Emrick (NBC), Screaming Kevin Harlan (CBS, Turner, Erin Andrews hater...), Sean McDonough (ESPN), Al Michaels (NBC), Jim Nantz (CBS), Dan Patrick (NBC), Vin Scully (Dodgers radio and TV) Dan Shulman (ESPN), Mike Tirico (NBC - just don't Google Mike Tirico stalking, ok?).

Any list that has Kevin Harlan on it is fugazi.

National Sportswriter of the Year finalists include Bob Ryan (Boston Globe), Peter King (SI), and Tom Verducci (SI).

If you ever wondered why Roger Clemens always looked so angry, Tom Verducci has the answer.

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