Joe Buck's double duty; Ex-Jet Tomlinson blasts Sanchez
Joe Buck finally stopped talking to America shortly before midnight ET on Sunday. And no one was happier about that than Joe Buck.
"I've been sick of hearing myself since the late '90s, so forget tonight," Buck told SI.com early Monday morning after he performed a unique San Francisco broadcasting doubleheader by calling both the New York Giants at 49ers NFL game and the St. Louis Cardinals at SF Giants postseason baseball game on the same day. "I think I would have had to have done a telethon to have been on television more in one day."
Buck had previously called doubleheaders as a Cardinals broadcaster, but he'd never experienced the kind of Sunday he had in San Francisco. After Giants quarterback Eli Manning took a knee to close out the Niners, Buck darted out of Candlestick Park at 4:32 p.m. local time and arrived at AT&T Park at 5:04 p.m.�, about 10 minutes before the scheduled first pitch of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. He compared his seven mile, police-escorted trolley trip -- Fox rented the wheels from the Cable Car Charter Company -- to another famous ride in the Golden State. "I'm in the White Bronco being driven by Al Cowlings," Buck said from his cable car earlier in the afternoon. "This whole street car thing is a diversionary tactic. We'll be in Mexico by midnight."
As Fox's lead baseball announcer, Buck had been assigned to the NLCS, but prior to the playoffs, Fox Sports president Eric Shanks brought up the idea of the two-sport, same-day doubleheader if both the Giants and Cardinals won their divisional series. When the Cards pulled off their miracle ninth-inning rally against the Nationals on Friday night, Buck was off to San Francisco instead of Washington D.C. Had he arrived late for the baseball game, his longtime partner, Tim McCarver, would have handled the action until he got there.
After the game, Buck's voice remained strong, and he announced that he was off to grab some pizza and a seltzer. "I'm fine; it's not like I was in the pentathlon," he said. "I just sat there and talked. It's cute for Fox, but beyond that, people just want to watch the game."
In a broadcasting variation on Tony Stewart's "double duty" drives in the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600, ESPN's NBA announcers Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy last year called a Christmas doubleheader in two cities, beginning with an afternoon Miami Heat vs. Mavericks game in Dallas before taking a charter flight to Oakland where the Golden State Warriors were hosting the Los Angeles Clippers. Breen also called a doubleheader in 2010 at L.A.'s Staples Center, an afternoon Lakers game for ABC followed by a Knicks-Clippers tilt for MSG Network.
"He is almost at the end of his rope," Tomlinson said. "Talking to guys in the Jets locker room, they are starting not to trust Sanchez as a football player; turning the football over, inconsistent play. Here's the thing: They have to get better play from the quarterback position. Rex Ryan has said it over and over again. I think they are going to give Sanchez two or three more starts to try to turn this team around, [and] then they are going to go with Tim Tebow." That's very strong stuff from a guy who is fresh out of the league.
F1 had been a Fox property since 1996, with most races aired on the Speed Channel. "Speed has been the U.S. voice of F1 since the mid '90s, and it is a passion for many people at the network," Fox Sports said in a statement. "Fox Sports Media Group made what we believed to be a fiscally responsible bid based on the sport's current viewership levels, but F1 has elected to go in another direction. We wish them well."