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Joe Buck Going Into Pro Football Hall of Fame

“His father Jack Buck earned the Pete Rozelle Award in 1996, making them the first father-son duo to win it.”

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It was great to see Joe Buck trending on Twitter for something positive Thursday night, after it was announced the iconic sportscaster would be joining his father in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

Somehow ripping Buck became the cool thing to do on social media over the last 10 years, as many fans ignore the fact that he’s without question one of the best to ever call a baseball or football game. But maybe having multiple fan bases around the country believing Buck has a bias specifically against their team, is proof that he’s actually an unbiased broadcaster. 

The halftime show for this week’s Thursday Night Football broadcast depicted a culmination of what continues to be a renowned career for Buck, as he received the surprise announcement that he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. David Baker, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame delivered the message that Buck was the recipient of the Pete Rozelle Award. Following Baker’s announcement, a video narrated by actor Paul Rudd, a close friend of Buck’s, was played to celebrate the honor, but even better than that was watching Buck’s reaction to the unexpected news. 

Despite the frequent social media ribbing, few people are better than Buck at knowing when to let the game breath and allowing its emotion to shine in big moments. In 1994, at the age of 25, Buck became the youngest person to broadcast a schedule of NFL games. He was later named part of the FOX NFL lead broadcast team with Troy Aikman in 2002, which they continue to fill today.

Entering the Hall of Fame further validates Buck as one of the best play-by-play announcers in sports history. His father Jack Buck earned the Pete Rozelle Award in 1996, making them the first father-son duo to win it. Jack Buck is also in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, after winning the Ford C. Frick Award in 1987. Similarly, Joe Buck has been a finalist for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award, and although he hasn’t been elected to Cooperstown yet, it’s hard to imagine it won’t happen soon. 

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Joe Buck: ESPN Is Letting Us Set Tone For Monday Night Football

“It wasn’t well, you are at ESPN, you have to figure out how we do it.”

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While Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be calling football games on Monday nights for ESPN instead of Sunday afternoons for FOX this year, fans shouldn’t expect the broadcasts to be that much different, if at all, than what they’ve been used to over the last 20 years. 

Buck was recently a guest on the Green Light with Chris Long podcast and said that ESPN knows that he and Aikman have to be comfortable in order for Monday Night Football to be a success.

“I know we are in the honeymoon phase. I’m not dumb. That stuff wears off after a while. They are like ‘however you guys have always done a game, that’s the way we want you to do a game whether it’s with regard to meetings vs. conference calls or when you guys show up, how you like the booth set up. However you want it, we are going to do it your way’ and that’s to their credit. It wasn’t well, you are at ESPN, you have to figure out how we do it.”

Buck and Aikman are obviously already very familiar with each other. Buck said that it will be important not to take that for granted or second guess what they already know.

“I think the one thing Troy and I have to avoid is trying to be different than we’ve been. They hired us based on what we’ve done and who we are and how we relate to each other and the way we see a game,” said Buck. 

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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