Thanks to Brian at Awful Announcing for finding the two stories I link here.
It appears there are two media outlets (at least that AA refers to) which feel that Fox’s Joe Buck does not deserve to hold his current job as lead play-by-play man for Rupert Murdoch.
Let’s see what they have to say. First, here’s a piece from Matthew Nadu at the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia. In it he says about the “emotionless, dull and life sucking” Buck;
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.
The second rant comes from Stephen Kaus writing for the 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!
Both authors make the point that Fox should replace Buck with Kenny Albert. Both also take the opportunity to jab at Buck for his role in the story this week that he and his Fox collegaues received escorts from the U.S. Marshalls Service to and from games. A real cheap shot and not germane to the discussion.
I, for one, do not watch sports on television for the announcers. That may sound silly coming from a writer for a sports media site but I view the role of announcers as providing information about the game. In my opinion Buck is one of the best because he DOES NOT scream and get excited.
These complainers are probably the same ones who will moan about the announcers who use catchphrases to make sure they are noticed. Announcers should be like referees, they have a good game when they are not noticed. A good example of that was Pat Summerall. He was Mr. Laid Back. As far as I can tell he was always well received…and I agree he should have been.
I have read many stories about how smug Buck can be, etc. I really don’t care. He calls a good game. Period.