Yep. Dialog tags suck...they do nothing for the story. Zero. Why do we use them if they do nothing but tell us what the character is doing (aka ...saying something) instead of showing us the character doing it?
The two little tags I'm being especially mean to are "said" and "asked". They are my pet peeves and jump off the page at me in books as if attempting to gouge out my eyes.
I don't need to know that he said something...show him saying it, give me inflection, give me tone, give me active participation! Likewise, if she asks a question with an honest to goodness question mark...then why do we need the "asked" after the dialog?
Close your eyes and imagine "I hate broccoli." said Michael. What did you picture? Was it some guy in a void saying the dialog in a droning, boring, emotionless voice? Even if the verb "hate" is in the dialog it seems muted or negated with "said" after it, implying zero emotion, force, will, you name it.
Now imagine "I hate broccoli." Michael gagged. What do you see? An active, non passive back up, if you will, to what is being said, something that is readily visualized and nicely shows Michael's feelings, actions, and state of mind.
I almost never ever use these two tags. I use emotion, I use action, or none at all and let the words speak for themselves. What about you? What is your opinion?