Media Calling For The Head Of Joe Buck

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I hesitated to use the term "mainstream" in the title because one of these articles comes from the Huffington Post, but two reporters in the past day have come out and ask for FOX to remove Joe Buck from the NFC Championship Game. Stephen Kaus from HuffPo was first, but has been followed today by Matt Nadu at NBC in Philadelphia.

NBC Philly: "But, like the hard economic times that have devastated this country, Buck has crippled not only our wallets by using taxpayer money for a game day Federal Marshall escort but he's also taken away some of our seemingly undying spirits.

Philadelphia can only take so much.

Buck lacks that certain something when he broadcasts a sporting event. He can't quite put the, what's the word, ah, life into anything. In fact, it feels like he makes his living draining the life of all who are forced to listen to him. Taxpayers you might want to work a little harder this week because a certain someone has another game to attend on Sunday."

Huffington Post: "Where, exactly, was Joe Buck while his father Jack was urging St Louis Cardinal fans to "go crazy folks" when the Redbirds won a playoff game* or telling a national radio audience that "I don't believe what I just saw" after Kurt Gibson's 1988 world Series blast off of the Eck?**

Was he reading a book? He is bloodless! And now it comes out that Buck and Aikman have been improperly escorted to gamers by U.S. Marshals.

Although I appreciate Brent Musburger's work these days on the NBA and college football, it was a liberating day in 1990 when CBS removed his stranglehold on its sports programming.

Please Fox, get rid of Buck. And you don't have to look far for an NFL replacement. Marv's son, who kept stats for his dad at a New York Rangers game when he was six years old, is right there in your stable."
My favorite part about anything with Buck these days is that people almost write about him with complete shock. Like it's new that he comes across not caring about the game his covering. It's been like that with him for yearrrrrs, but I guess it's good that people are noticing rather than kissing his "lifeless" ass.

What the Buck? Let's Stop This Now (NBC Philly)
Kenny Albert Should Replace Joe Buck as Fox's No. 1 NFL Voice Before We Are All in a Coma (Huffington Post)


I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that Fox doesn't give a shit about what the Huffington Post thinks.

GMoney said...
Jan 15, 2009, 10:48:00 AM  

Is it possible, even for a minute, to think that the "lifeless" Joe Buck thinks the game is more important than him? I know the perception is that Buck comes across as smug, but I like the fact that that he is so laid back. We hear complaints about announcers and their blatant attempts at coming up with catchphraes to make themselves the story. Now we don't like the ones who are more sedate. Guys, you can't have it both ways.

The Dummy said...
Jan 15, 2009, 11:20:00 AM  

It's all about the benjamins for mister buck.

Brett said...
Jan 15, 2009, 11:32:00 AM  

Marv's son, I forget his name, is amazing....Kenny Albert is it? thats a cool dude..he gets paired with someone better than 'Moose', or 'Goose' or whatever the hell it is, he invariably improves.

josh said...
Jan 15, 2009, 11:40:00 AM  

Trust me from experience that he is extremely self-centered and arrogant. Just ask all the service people he stiffed in Boston in '07.

The Hey said...
Jan 15, 2009, 11:42:00 AM  

Sorry man, he may think that but as long as you give the impression that you don't give a damn and then SAY you would rather watch the Bachelorette, that "laid back" theory goes out the window.

SSReporters said...
Jan 15, 2009, 11:47:00 AM  

Marv is calling NFL playoff games on Westwood One, and my GOD it is refreshing to hear him after listening to Buck and Aikman for so long.

Mike Georger said...
Jan 15, 2009, 12:09:00 PM  

Unless people (and sportswriters) can prove that B&A knew who was providing the transportation, it is wrong to blame them for the U.S. Marshall fiasco. See
Joe, Did You Have To Strike Up The Band for McCarver and Buck? and Inspector General Hammers TV Sports Statistician

Jan 15, 2009, 12:35:00 PM  

Wow. NBC Philly can't even spell "Marshal" right. And HuffPo thinks Joe and Troy were going to "gamers." You can tell they don't know anything about sports.

Scott said...
Jan 15, 2009, 12:46:00 PM  


NO ONE should give a shit about what the Huffington Post thinks

questionmark said...
Jan 15, 2009, 1:08:00 PM  

Burly Sports did an awesome video called "buck to the future" with a Joe Buck impersonator doing all of the classic sports calls. Unfortunately, I can't find it anywhere.

HardScores said...
Jan 15, 2009, 1:49:00 PM  

Fox is not droppping an announcer liek Buck becasue of some dope at Huffington Post said so. That's redicolous.

sportsfan25 said...
Jan 15, 2009, 4:19:00 PM  


sportsfan25 said...
Jan 15, 2009, 4:22:00 PM  

redicolous, indeed

GatorJes said...
Jan 15, 2009, 5:25:00 PM  

I'm sorry to say this but I just don't think Kenny Albert should be anywhere near the top of the broadcasting ladder at FOX. But that's my personal opinion. I don't like his delivery of information nor his actual play by play for football. He's good with hockey though.

Michael said...
Jan 15, 2009, 5:28:00 PM  

Why does sports announcing allow undeserving sons (Joe Buck, Thom Brennaman, Kenny Albert) such upward mobility?

If a fart were to ever take human form, it would look like Kenny Albert.

Michael said...
Jan 15, 2009, 6:22:00 PM  

Oh, and Chip Carey, too.

Michael said...
Jan 15, 2009, 6:23:00 PM  

Announcers should be held to the same standard as referees. They're already the subject of the same amount of hate. They should treat announcing teams like they treat NFL referee crews: They assign who they think are the best pairs to the early games and then before big games (conference championship/Super Bowl) they should look back at who did the best job -- who has the best analysis, who really conveyed the excitement of the moment, and who made the least amount of gaffes -- and give those two the announcer spot.

Imagine, network contracts aside, Aikman having to go up against Chris Collinsworth or someone for that conference title game paycheck with everyone trying to one-up the other? I bet we'd hear a lot less "you're exactly right, Joe..." out of him.

Jan 15, 2009, 10:58:00 PM  

@ The Dummy

ChaChing! Not fond of his announcing or business ethics. To your description of "lifeless" I add heartless too! Leave it to Joe to try to take a company for all it was worth recently over an agreement with his family's name. How honest of Joe to show consideration for the 400+ employees who have no job or check to cash (I believe the response was something like: That's your problem now)just to make sure he got every last penny he could.

AbLoG4U said...
Jan 24, 2009, 11:15:00 PM  

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