WORST LIVE INTERVIEW—1) Don Drysdale's cloying chat with Vice-President George Bush during the All-Star Game ( ABC). When Bush allowed as how Babe Ruth was "a great symbol for the whole country," Drysdale gushed, "And you, too, Mr. Vice-President!" 2) Pat Summerall's palsy-walsy talk with Tex Schramm during a Redskins-Cowboys game in November ( CBS). It was as though Larry Speakes were questioning Ronald Reagan.
BEST-EDITED SPECIAL—Producer David Neal's music-video tributes to the Mets and Red Sox at the end of the Series ( NBC). To accompany Kenny Rogers's Don't Look in My Eyes, Neal chose a shot of the Sox' Wade Boggs, head bowed, tear rolling down his cheek.
THE FOOT-IN-MOUTH AWARD—To Dennis Walker of WEBN radio, Cincinnati. After the Bengals' Boomer Esiason likened his relationship with coach Sam Wyche to a marriage in which the partners had just been "separated," Walker asked Wyche, "If this is a marriage, who is the man and who is the woman?"
MOST HACKNEYED SHOT—1) The face of Vinny Testaverde's dad after Miami football games ( ABC and CBS). Enough already! 2) Baseball wives cheering for their hubbies ( ABC). To show a batter, then his wife, then the batter, then the wife, then the batter, then the wife—well, it's ridiculous.
THE HEIDI CANDOR CUP—To Alex Wallau ( ABC). Prior to the Mike Tyson-Marvis Frazier fight last August, Wallau painstakingly explained why Frazier wouldn't last a round. The honchos at ABC must have cringed at such unheard-of honesty, fearing that the remarks would kill their ratings.
WORST COMMENTARY CUP—Scott Hamilton on the World Figure Skating Championships ( CBS). He gushed, shouted, shrieked and forever told us what we could see ("Oh, no, there she goes down again!"). The tone was jingoistic, too, especially when an on-screen graphic identified one of U.S. star Debi Thomas's competitors, Kira Ivanova, as "the Soviet Threat."
BEST LIVE SHOW—Sports Tonight with Nick Charles and Jim Huber ( CNN). All the news that's fit to show and then some. Clearly the most comprehensive daily sports report on TV, over-the-air or cable.
THE HEIDI SPITTOON FOR BONE-HEADEDNESS IN LOCAL SPORTS COVERAGE—To Susan Warnick of Boston's WCVB. Called upon to provide an update on the leaders in the Boston Marathon women's division, Warnick noted that Ingrid Kristiansen was in front but that Joan Benoit Samuelson was nowhere in sight. In fact, Benoit Samuelson was at the finish line, serving as a WCVB commentator, a fact the station insists Warnick knew all along.