Joe Buck Shrugs Off the Haters

Fox Sports announcer chats with The New York Times, Howard Stern and others ahead of his fifth Super Bowl

Most if not all of us have at least one friend like this, usually male. This person cannot and will never stop talking about how much they hate Joe Buck, who will be handling Super Bowl LI play-by-play on Fox alongside color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Chris Myers.

Thus, it’s not surprising that the first question asked by Ana Marie Cox in a brief New York Times Magazine Q&A running this weekend reads as follows:

I really didn’t want to ask you about being hated, but — truly — when I told people I was going to interview you, the first thing out of everyone’s mouth was “I hate that guy.” You’ve taken this reputation with some humor, but has anything ever really gotten to you?

For the record, we here at Fishbowl have no problem with Buck. He’s got a sonorous voice, works well with Aikman and–even if we were of the anti-Buck persuasion–the 47-year-old booth veteran would rank way too low on our list of 2017 battles worth fighting.

Buck capably deflected the same general topic Monday on The Howard Stern Show, addressing how much Yankees fans dislike him. A lot of that has to do with his infamous on-field exchange with Alex Rodriguez.

Buck’s Super Bowl media rounds have also included a chat with the Fox TV station from his hometown of St. Louis. In that discussion, embedded below, he shares some interesting thoughts about how social media has fed the noise. Buck also reconfirms that he does not pre-script anything, which could help those planning to lay money down on the prop bet of whether he or Aikman will at any point Feb. 5 utter the words “Houston, we have a problem.”