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Published October 18, 2012
NOT DRINKING THE HATERADE: SPORTS ON EARTH’s Will Leitch writes of Fox’ Joe Buck, “Everyone always expects me to hate Joe Buck. But I don’t. In fact, I think he does as well as anyone reasonably could with one of the most high-profile, visible jobs in sports. I like him. I’m pretty sure his broadcast of Game 6 of the World Series last year was a master class in live sports coverage.” Leitch surveyed a “bunch of Buck haters” to hear the “primary reasons, and to see whether or not I could refute them.” Buck has a “certain tone in his voice that I suspect he believes comes off as wry,” but to the “average viewer, it can seem arch and superior.” Buck is not “particularly more smug than every other person on television,” but if you “don’t like that sense of humor, maybe he’s not for you.” Another reason the “haters” gave is that Buck “doesn’t get excited enough.” But Leitch writes this is “a reason to like Buck, not to hate him.” Leitch: “I will take someone like Buck having a legitimate, honest, non-bloviating reaction to a sports moment than Gus Johnson bursting into flames because someone moves the chains on a second-and-1 plunge.” In addition, the “haters” found the main reason to dislike Buck is that he is on TV “all the time.” Buck has been the “soundtrack to an unusually high percentage of sports’ most memorable moments during a time when social media has exploded and fans have more of a voice to complain and vent than ever before.” Leitch: “I guarantee you that had Twitter and blogs existed when Vin Scully was doing national games, or Bob Costas and Tony Kubek did the Game of the Week, or Howard Cosell was doing ‘Monday Night Football,’ they would have thought everyone hated them, too” (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 10/18).