Joe Buck clearly drags down the viewing experience for anyone watching...
Do you remember everything I stated about Cris Collinsworth?
Well somehow Joe Buck does what seems inhumanly possible and makes Collinsworth look competent. After all that is not that hard to do when you are the overly entitled son of a Hall of Famer and thus make your name off of that.
Joe Buck’s “abilities” as a play-by-play announcer are minimal. He gets by on his last name of “Buck” which is due in part to his Broadcasting Hall of Fame father Jack.
While Joe is a somewhat decent—albeit biased—baseball announcer the same cannot be said for his ability to call a football game.
Like Collinsworth, Buck often interjects with meaningless rants about things that are seemingly unrelated to the game as it is occurring. However, whenever we are delighted with Buck actually talking about the game at hand, we have to deal with the fact that he provides his opinion as fact during the game. For proof of this, look no further than Buck’s infamous remarks that shifted the landscape of the league as Randy Moss was shipped out of Minnesota.
Working alongside Buck is Troy Aikman who honestly is a good announcer.
Aikman is a fine announcer who like the best of them gives you a nice insight into what is going on in the game and does not try to be overly significant with his comments. He merely chooses to explain to you in laymen’s terms what is going on with an occasional technical term thrown in.
What I really like about Troy Aikman is that he attempts not to be biased, and it is painfully obvious. Fox usually gives Aikman the Cowboys as his assignment, and he usually attempts to be critical of them. Unfortunately for him, sometimes he does let his bias slip out such as when he called Miles Austin the league’s second best receiver last weekend.
However, that little problem can be overlooked for the positives that Aikman brings to the table.
10.) Dick Stockton/Charles Davis/Jim Mora Jr. (FOX No 3 Team)
I could have honestly rated this duo higher than the No. 9 team and personally had no problem with it. However, I understand that there are a couple of people who take up issue with both Stockton and Davis.
I can’t understand for the life of me why these two get criticism from a lot of viewers. For the previous two seasons, these guys have been like close personal friends in my house for both college and professional games hosted on Fox. Perhaps this is because they have two of the best voices suited for play-by-play and analysis.
Admittedly Davis is not the most intelligent analyst around. In fact, when Davis is at his lows, he is really hitting low. I recall him continually misidentifying players during more than one game and having to excuse himself. However, Davis can also find himself at the opposite end of the spectrum as he’s also broken down a play from three different angles for the viewers at home in the past.
Dick Stockton is the play-by-play guy in this group and while I absolutely am in love with his voice alongside Davis’— or even on its own—there is a legitimate argument that it can lull you to sleep. Stockton doesn’t really tend to get excited from what I’ve noticed and when he does it seems to come of ass monotonous…
New to this group is former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks headcoach Jim Mora Jr.
I was treated to him in Week 1 and very pleased with what I received. He seemed very aware of how to use the teleprompter to deliver an understanding of why certain plays were occurring and how they were successful to the casual fans within my living room.
Due to the fact that this unit only has seven weeks of experience together (with Mora being a member) and the fact that I can legitimately see how somebody could find Davis incomprehensible at times, I can justify placing them lower then I would like.