Aikman Responds To The Notion That He's "Pro-Cowboys"

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Early this morning, Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News talked with Troy Aikman about the notion that he's biased when calling Cowboys' games. The ex-Dallas QB, and current FOX analyst, seemingly took the high road on the whole issue and had this to say back to Boomer....

"Well, I'm glad Boomer is watching the NFL on Fox. I take great pride in not showing a bias towards any team that I am broadcasting and I'm confident the teams that I have covered over the last eight seasons would agree that I've been balanced and fair with my coverage. Also, I never much got into critiquing other quarterbacks when I played and I don't get too wrapped up in critiquing broadcasters now."
Again, I don't necessarily think that he would do so on purpose, but he definitely caters more to the 'Boys over any other team. Hopefully he'll at least take notice now, and pay just a little more attention when he calls their games. As far as Joe Buck.....he might be a lost cause at this point.

Aikman's unbiased response to Esiason (Dallas Morning News)


I really feel like this is a non-issue. I don't detect much in the way of bias from Aikman, and there are clearly more chronic offenders.

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 11:13:00 AM  

and who is joe buck biased for? st louis?

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 11:27:00 AM  

"There are clearly more chronic offenders".

Agreed wholeheartedly, anon. For example, Joe Buck currently needs to have his face surgically removed from Manny Ramirez's ass and Chip Caray needs to attend a class called Impartial Announcing 101.

Justin F. said...
Oct 15, 2008, 11:29:00 AM  

I personally think that Buck is even more biased towards the Cowboys than Aikman, but for a different reason. I think that he knows that they are the ratings draw and he's been trained to pump them up whenever he gets a chance.

Now if we're talking Baseball, he is fawning over the Dodgers like no other for seemingly the same reason. Manny vs. Boston would be huge for his network and give him all the angles he needs to cover.

It's not really a new's just more transparent these days.

Oct 15, 2008, 11:32:00 AM  

Honestly, as a Redskins fan, I think Aikman is one of the best broadcasters in the business, and bends over backwards in most situations to avoid personal bias. He says a lot of things about his old team that guys like Daryl Johnston, Baldinger, Irvin, Emmitt, Keyshawn, and all the other ex-Cowboys in broadcasting (way too effing many if you ask me) would never say. He's fair, he's smart, and he knows the game. I've been astounded by his ability.

So he slipped a bit in the Cardinals game. Shrug. He could still run circles around Esiason as an analyst.

ben said...
Oct 15, 2008, 11:33:00 AM  

damn, those fries look good.


Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 11:38:00 AM  

Aikman is definitely pro-freedom fries. His announcing is fine and I'm a Redskins fan.

GMoney said...
Oct 15, 2008, 11:42:00 AM  

OK Troy -- and you never watch CBS, NBC, or ESPN games --- riiiiiigggghhhhhtttt!

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 11:45:00 AM  

This is ridiculous. They should be talking to Jaworski on Monday night. It is ridiculous that guy and the Eagles, talk about a fanboy!

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 11:49:00 AM  

Joe Buck fawning biased over the Dodgers? When it comes to baseball Fox has a policy of New York/Los Angeles/Chicago/Boston against anyone.

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 11:50:00 AM  


Your last name wouldn't happen to be Aikman, would it? Wow.

Troy makes John Madden sound insightful. If I'm not mistaken, Aikman actually wears a cape that says Captain Obvious on it.

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 12:27:00 PM  

Are you kidding me? Aikman works so hard at being neutral and unbiased as a broadcaster that in Dallas he's actually criticized for being anti-Dallas at times.

There are much worse instances of bias (*cough* Jaworski *cough*) out there.

As for the Cowboys, the season is no longer a roller coaster ride. It's a friggen bungee jump!

Josh said...
Oct 15, 2008, 12:46:00 PM  

I will once again turn on Fox to watch the Phillies tonight, but leave the sound off. Then I will turn on my radio to hear Harry Callas announce for the Phillies. I honestly don't know if I could be a fair and impartial announcer. But, I figure if you are getting paid for it, then make darn sure you ARE fair, otherwise, get out of the biz.

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 12:46:00 PM  

Aikman is a great color guy. He doesn't get too involved i.e. Jaws who jumps in every 10 seconds nor is he nonchalant like Cornheiser. I find he is a good fit with Joe Buck, and I enjoy watching Fox games.

Unknown said...
Oct 15, 2008, 12:49:00 PM  

That Phillies announcer is Harry Kalas -- and these days he would much rather call NFL games.

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 12:49:00 PM  

You are all retarded. Not all broadcasters are paid to be neutral, for example, if NBC is the "Home of Notre Dame Football", the announcers should be Notre Dame guys...they are broadcasting to Notre Dame fans, if they are playing at USC, The California affiliate will have their own commentators on the "Home of Trojan football"


Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 1:04:00 PM  

Aikman is an excellent color analyst, as are most ex-quarterbacks (yes, even Boomer's all right). My only qualm is Buck & Aikman ALWAYS do the Cowboys game. Are there other quality matchups on FOX? I mean the Buccaneers-Broncos game a couple of weeks ago deserved better than that illiterate Chris Myers.

Brad James said...
Oct 15, 2008, 1:15:00 PM  

Aikman is horrible with his bias! Dallas can do no wrong. Buck is beyond hope at this point. I can't stand him and am dreading the World Series with him and McCarver.

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 1:50:00 PM  

I HATE the Cowboys, but Aikman is one of the best analysts working. I'd take him over Madden or Simms right now.

Buck, on the other hand...

Steve Steffens said...
Oct 15, 2008, 2:46:00 PM  

Barry Horn is a pimple on the butt of life.

Anonymous said...
Oct 15, 2008, 8:09:00 PM  

Well, when you do 14 Cowboy games a season, it's hard not to feel like you work for them. That said, Aikman is a far cry better than Esiason. And he show very little, if any, bias.

The problem is FOX putting their #1 crew on ALL Cowboy games.

Unknown said...
Oct 16, 2008, 1:30:00 AM  

I still think Troy has no bias in calling Cowboys' games, but Fox doesn't do him any favors when he's doing 7-12 Cows games a year regardless of their record.

To be honest I hit mute on their games now so I can hear Brad Sham call the game. I'm not a big Joe Buck fan.

Nelvis said...
Oct 16, 2008, 2:22:00 AM  

I guess neither anyone here nor Aikman himself has ever heard him call an Eagles game.

John said...
Oct 16, 2008, 12:54:00 PM  

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