January 26, 2005

Bad Sport

Anyone see that “Real Sports” segment the other night on sports announcer Joe Buck? Buck somehow manages to come across as even more of an insufferable ass in interviews and talk show appearances than he does in the booth, which is quite an achievement (though the reporter who interviewed him, Bernard Goldberg, nearly matches Buck in the “insufferable ass” department).

Buck spent the interview gleefully bragging about how he’s benefited from nepotism, while attempting to justify his holier-than-thou Randy Moss comments, while at the same time lending his likeness to Scooter the Talking Baseball, “Leon,” and other such abominations. Kind of shame, considering that his father is one of my all-time favorite people in sports.

I don’t necessarily think Buck is a bad play-by-play man. But he’s also probably not in the top 20 of America’s most talented broadcasters- so he’s therefore totally undeserving of his role as the #1 announcer for both baseball and football on Fox.

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 26, 2005 10:25 PM

I saw it! I can't believe someone actually blogged about it! (I might have written about it myself, but I couldn't really think of anything to say except, "Look! St. Louis got on HBO.")

As a St. Louisan, I can vouch for the love the city had for Jack Buck. I can still remember his voice coming over KMOX, announcing from Busch.

Joe Buck is no Jack Buck, I will tell you that.

I did like the story, though, for all the St. Louis references sprinkled throughout. But yeah, I agree: insufferable ass.

Posted by: C at January 26, 2005 10:38 PM
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