Many fans dislike Joe Buck and among the reasons is his sometimes dry, monotone delivery during big plays like, say, the David Tyree Helmet Catch in Super Bowl XLII.
In what is arguably the greatest moment in New York Giants franchise history, and one of the great moments in Super Bowl history, Buck’s call of the Helmet Catch made it sound like a routine first down in the second quarter of a regular season game.
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So, when Buck joined ESPN’s “ManningCast” on Monday night with Peyton and Eli, the former Giants quarterback brought up the FOX announcer’s call of the pivotal moment that led to one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history.
But Buck, who must have heard this critique before, had a perfectly reasonable explanation for why his call lacked any sort of excitement.
“When you’re up there and you know you’re doing the game for 100 million people, you’ve got to be really sure,” Buck said. “First of all, Eli gets no credit for getting out of that pile f bodies and even throwing the ball. And then all Giants fans are like, ‘Come on, Buck. I mean the guy catches the ball on his helmet, give me a break, man. You’re supposed to be excited for my Giants.’
“I’m like, ‘I wasn’t sure he caught the ball!’ If you’re going to. Do it for 100 million people, you better damn well be right. So, we kind’ve low-keyed it.”
Buck noted that a few players later, when Manning connected with Plaxico Burress to give the Giants the lead, there was a little more jubilation in his voice.
“I still saved one of. the best calls I’ve ever had was Eli to Plaxico Burress at the end of that game was magical,” he said.
Eli seemed to agree.
“You totally redeemed yourself on that call, with Plaxico,” he said.
So, there you have it. Joe Bucks’ call of the Tyree Helmet Catch was underwhelming because he wanted to be sure Tyree actually caught the ball.