Joe Buck says he’s a fan of military flyovers before sporting events. He also says that what sounded like he and broadcast partner Troy Aikman mocking them last weekend was in fact an inside joke and sarcasm that was taken entirely out of context.
Buck has spoken at length about the matter this week on his “Daddy Issues” podcast with Oliver Hudson and in an interview with St. Louis Post-Dispatch media columnist Dan Caesar. He said in both that this was not a “hot mic” moment but rather playful banter among the crew prior to Fox’s broadcast of Packers-Buccaneers in Tampa. He said banter takes place before every broadcast to lighten the mood.
This was said as the jets buzzed Raymond James Stadium:
AIKMAN: “That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover.”
BUCK: “That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work.”
AIKMAN: “That stuff ain’t happening with (the) Kamala-Biden ticket, I’ll tell you that right now, podnah.”
Defector Media posted the clip Monday, writing that it came from a “tipster.”
Buck said he was “doing a 1940s voice” and Aikman’s part about Kamala Harris and Joe Biden was him “mimicking” something another person had said at dinner on Saturday.
“The perception that we’re not supporting the military is crazy,” Buck told Caesar. “We were being completely sarcastic. I’ve seen some of the most chilling flyovers you’d ever see. It’s like a communal experience. Flyovers are great.”
Buck suspects that someone who isn’t with Fox clipped the audio, packaged it with video that wasn’t Fox’s and then sold it. He said on the podcast that he initially thought the video was a replay of a previous flyover. He also said his bosses at the network believe the incident is “irrelevant.” Fox has not commented.
Buck said on the podcast that media coverage of the clip “would be laughable if it wasn’t so frustrating.”
“The idea that this piece was clipped and was totally misrepresentative of how [Aikman] and I feel, because I’ve always kept that stuff private,” he said. “But it was a private conversation and kind of having it with our group and then it gets sold as if those were our words.
“Which is fine, it’s kind of dead and buried now, but that’s what happened. And the frustrating part is, if that was like a 10-second window into my soul, that would be unfortunate. But when it’s not representing what actually happened, that makes it kind of doubly frustrating because people are getting something totally out of context.”
Buck took care in the podcast and interview to recount the military service during World War II of his father, Jack Buck, and his grandfather Joe Lintzenich, for whom he is named. He said his father earned a Purple Heart when he was wounded in the Battle of Remagen.
Aikman launched a vigorous defense of his own Tuesday on Twitter, saying he was “an unwavering patriot.” He did, however, find it “odd” that there was a flyover for so small a crowd. Attendance at Raymond James Stadium was limited to 25 percent of capacity because of COVID-19; Sunday’s crowd was listed as 15,540.
Buck and Aikman called the “Thursday Night Football” game between the Giants and Eagles in Philadelphia. Buck flew back to Dallas after the game to prepare for Game 3 of the World Series, which he will call with John Smoltz for Fox on Friday.
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