Joe Buck could name 17 World Sequence and NFL video games in 18 days
When the sports schedule was messed up by the pandemic this fall, Buck, the lead play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports baseball and soccer coverage, also skewed his itinerary.
“The silver lining in all of this, at least in my life, is baseball in one place,” Buck said in a phone interview from Bills Stadium in Buffalo on Monday afternoon. “But it’s still coming your way pretty quickly.”
Buck’s Sprint started with six National League Championship Series games in Arlington, Texas last week and continued over the weekend. He called the sixth game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves on Saturday night, then got on a private plane to Tampa for the showdown between Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. (He missed Game 7 of the NLCS.) He then flew to Buffalo for Monday’s game between the Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs before returning to Arlington, where the World Series began Tuesday night.
This was the first of up to seven World Series games, when the streak between the Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays goes so far as to shuffle two more NFL games in Philadelphia and Charlotte.
“It sounds snotty,” said Buck of his private plane. “But just to make sure you don’t wait for a mechanical problem and miss a game, we have to make sure we’re there. It’s kind of a necessary evil. “
Travel is gaining traction today as the coronavirus is still soaring across the country. Buck is tested at least every other day while he’s on the go. Fox is responsible for the logistics.
Policy of the virus has already made its way into announcement booths and NBC’s Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth appear to be mocking a mandate from the local government to wear masks while broadcasting a San Francisco 49ers game in Santa Clara, Calif , especially when his 81-year-old mother recovers from the virus. “I think she’s on the back,” he said.
Buck said he mostly travels with the same crew, there are few people in the dressing room during games and everyone is seated at least three feet apart. “I’ve done everything I can to avoid a [bad situation] with that, ”he said.
Buck started this season playing baseball for Fox from a Denver studio. Now that he’s out and about to call Games in person, the mechanics of the job aren’t that different from a normal year. Baseball lets some fans into the stadium and the noise of NFL spectators is pumped into its headset.
What is different, he said, is his time management. He sets several alarms throughout the day to make sure he moves from preparing for baseball to football. “I must have an unusual discipline for myself,” he said. “Not much is being held long term at the moment. But I’m pretty good at what’s ahead of me. “
The series of games has already resulted in unexpected hiccups for Buck and Aikman that is beyond the schedule. A hot microphone caught the two sarcastically discussing the military transfer before the Packers-Bucs game.
“That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover,” notes Aikman.
“This is your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work,” Buck replied, seemingly ironic.
To which Aikman replied, “That doesn’t happen [a] Kamala [Harris]- -[Joe] Biden ticket. I’ll tell you right away, partner. “
Buck spoke to the Washington Post before Defector Media released Audio Monday. Through a representative, he declined to comment on Tuesday. On Twitter, Aikman tried to put his comments into context by saying he was an “unwavering patriot” who loves to fly but found it strange to see one “over a largely empty stadium”.