Similar to things like gin or mayonnaise, you’re either all in or you’re all out when it comes to Joe Buck. I’m not sure I’ve ever met someone who’s like, “Yeah, mayo, it’s alright, I’m not crazy about it, but if it’s on my sandwich, whatever.” No. Not possible. If you don’t like mayo, you more than likely despise mayo. Can’t stand mayo. Trust me, I’d know, I’m one of those people. Joe Buck is the mayonnaise of broadcasting: he’s super white, he’s divisive, and he seems to be everywhere.
Buck, who somehow looks both old and young for a 51-year-old, has been the lead play-by-play announcer for Fox’s NFL coverage since 2002, and has been calling the World Series since 1996, which is actually absurd considering that #math tells me he would’ve been just 27-years-old at the time. Surely that had nothing to do with his father Jack Buck being inducted into three separated Hall of Fames — Baseball, Pro Football, and Radio. And according to reports, he may be adding host of Jeopardy! to that list, which is news that I’m sure is going over swell within Twitter’s sports community.
Joe Buck will be a guest host on “Jeopardy!” putting him in contention for the coveted permanent job.
Buck’s episodes are expected to air at some point in the mid-summer, according to sources. Guest hosts have done one- or two-week stints. No word yet on how long Buck will be on. The tryout will not impact Buck’s schedule as the voice of MLB and the NFL on Fox. [via NY Post]
Now, I actually like Joe Buck — as a dude. As a broadcaster, I’m largely indifferent, especially because I largely watch Red Zone these days. If you listen to Buck in any context other than his announcing job, it’s blatantly obvious he’s simply a good dude. So if you can’t stand his broadcasting style, fine, that’s fair game, but to root against him for any other reason is the sort of negative energy we’re out here trying to dispel in the year of our lord 2021. Unfortunately for Joe, Sony Pictures Television, and ABC, I do not speak for the general public, as the reaction to the news on Twitter was largely a chorus of boos.
If there's one person that would disrespect the class and honor of hosting Jeopardy, it's Joe Buck. https://t.co/5RpQGWuMPz
— Snektuber (@Pr0blematicSwag) April 17, 2021
The entire world tells Sony they should hire LeVar Burton. Sony asks, "how 'bout Joe Buck, instead?" The world is broken. https://t.co/AncaYZRFOj
— Scott Croker (@ScottSCroker) April 17, 2021
So, fans are clamoring for @LeVarBurton to succeed Alex Trebek. They're literally saying, I'd watch @Jeopardy every night if he's the host.
And Burton told me in an interview that the job would make him "exceedingly glad."
Nothing against Joe Buck, but… am I missing something? https://t.co/VcndmXMSSW
— Joshua Johnson (@NBCJoshua) April 17, 2021
I actually like Joe Buck and think he gets a lot of unfair criticism. But this is a no for me dawg. https://t.co/l0RNTgMVNz
— Nate Kennedy (@NRKennedy16) April 17, 2021
Nobody in their right mind wants to see Joe Buck host ANYTHING!! 😠 https://t.co/pczt1M9N8N
— Dawn Keichel (@DawnEK42) April 17, 2021
Alex will roll in his grave if mother fuckin Joe Buck becomes the new Jeopardy host…
— Andy Erickson (@A_Erickson1) April 17, 2021
I'm sure the new of Joe Buck handling Jeopardy duties is going over tremendously. People seem to love him, and all agree that he is awesome.
— Zachary Krueger (@ZK_FFB) April 17, 2021
If Joe Buck is hosting Jeopardy please cancel the whole fuckin show 🙈
— September's Very Own (@ishgotswagg) April 17, 2021
Me seeing joe buck is trying to get the jeopardy job: pic.twitter.com/HRjrRXQ0Gh
— Eleanor Roosevelt’s Ghost (@GhostOfAER) April 17, 2021
So we're all in agreement that we riot if Joe Buck is named permanent host of Jeopardy, right?
— Brooks (@Brooks4Real) April 17, 2021
— Mike Roth (@BuckleySonthurs) April 17, 2021
Buck isn’t the only sports-related personality to throw his name in the full-time-gig ring, as Aaron Rodgers — whose hosting stint has been airing recently — also said he’d like the full-time job.
“They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me, eh—[pauses]—178 days to do Jeopardy! So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job,” Rodgers told The Ringer.