Fox's Joe Buck admits to drinking tequila with Troy Aikman in broadcast booth

Jason Owens
·2 min read

Candid Joe Buck is the best Joe Buck.

The Fox Sports announcer tends to be a polarizing figure in the booth. But it's hard not to get on board with story time with Joe when he's telling on himself.

His latest admission arrived via a podcast appearance with Colin Cowherd in which he admits that he and Fox NFL broadcast partner Troy Aikman have enjoyed the occasional tequila cocktail while calling games.

'It's a good mental trigger to just chill'

"We have had that glass of bourbon in the booth," Buck told Cowherd during a conversation about building chemistry with Aikman. "Although it’s not bourbon, it’s tequila, splash of Grand Marnier and grapefruit juice.

“I went through a couple years where in the first inning of every postseason baseball game, I had the runner go get the biggest beer that the stadium sold. And I had it sitting there, and I would sip it from time to time to remind myself to relax and have fun. I’m just doing a game.”

Hmmmm ...

Buck then went on to credit the transition from beer to tequila to Aikman's presence in the booth.

“And I brought that over to football," Buck continued. "But because Troy is a man of finer tastes, beer somehow became tequila, Grand Marnier and grapefruit juice.

"We haven’t done it in a long time now, but it was good for a stretch, and I feel like it’s a good mental trigger to just chill and remind yourself that you’re not refueling a F-16 in mid-flight. You’re doing a sporting event, and if you treat it like anything other than that you’re doing yourself a disservice.”

Oct 6, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Fox announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the field prior to the game with the Dallas Cowboys playing against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Who doesn't enjoy a gameday cocktail? (Matthew Emmons/Reuters)

About that time Joe Buck ate too many pot brownies

Buck's detractors knock the play-by-play man as stodgy and unrelatable in the booth. There are few better ways to relate to the everyman fan than acknowledging enjoying a beverage with his afternoon football. Will Buck's story win over any critics?

This isn't even Buck's most interesting admission concerning mind-altering substances. That honor goes to a 2017 appearance on "The Dan Le Batard with Stugotz" show in which Buck recounts a tale of a mid-divorce Cabo trip that involved eating more than one pot brownie after getting drunk on tequila at the driving range. All while dealing with the consequences of a botched hair transplant.

In short, it didn't end well for Buck. If you haven't heard, it's worth a listen.

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