Sports anchors seem to have a lifecycle: Many so-called professionals never get past the goober stage: They muff players' names, hype stories and play the homer so hard they make viewers gag. Toward career's end, however, some sports anchors envelop themselves in a cynicism that burns through in the form of dour disinterest. Between those stages, there's prime time. The lucky anchors who live here show off their depth of knowledge, know how to polish their presentations and manage to harness their enthusiasm to share it credibly with fellow fans. WGCL'S STEVE TAYLOR
has extended those middle years remarkably well. He manages each week to communicate his love of the games with authority and good humor.