FOX Sports' Joe Buck Says He Drank Tequila in Commentary Booth Before Games

As the lead play-by-play voice for NFL and MLB on FOX Sports, Joe Buck knows all about the importance of chemistry in the commentary booth.

Thorough attention to detail, the ability to complement each other while providing valuable insight and the ability to struck a tone that is both professional yet endearing to viewers are all key requirements for commentary teams.

Countless production meetings and thorough research, however, only go so far in getting announcers and color commentators ready.

At times, an extra ingredient is required to ensure things run as smoothly as possible in the booth.

In Buck's case, said ingredient comes in the shape of a glass of tequila he and FOX's color commentator Troy Aikman used to share before games.

"I'll say this. We have had that glass of bourbon in the booth," Buck revealed during an appearance on Colin Cowherd's podcast The Volume earlier this week.

"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 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."

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Beer was subsequently replaced by tequila, a change Buck attributed to his Thursday Night Football's partner.

"And I brought that over to football, but because Troy is a man of finer tastes, beer somehow became tequila, Grand Marnier and grapefruit juice," he explained.

"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."

In September last year, Aikman had the honor to unveil Buck as the latest recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, 24 years after his father Jack received the accolade.

A legendary broadcaster, Buck senior served as CBS radio's play-by-play announcer for 17 Super Bowls.

The Bucks are the only father and son duo to receive the award and Joe will join his father in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.

"Congratulations my man, we are going to get you a gold jacket," Aikman, who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2006, said during FOX's telecast of the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football.

In a 26-year career, Buck has called six Super Bowls and won seven Emmy Awards. In his role as FOX Sports' lead play-by-play voice for the MLB, he has covered 21 World Series, 23 MLB League Championship Series and 21 MLB All-Star Games. He is also the lead golf announcer for FOX.

In April last year, as the coronavirus pandemic first ground life to a halt in the U.S., Buck made the headlines when he asked sports fans to give him some new material to "work on my play-by-play."

The request was met enthusiastically but some took the requests down a somewhat more personal path and Buck had to plead for fans to stop sending him sex tapes to call on a "play-by-play" basis.

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FOX NFL lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck attends the FOX Upfront on May 15, 2017 in New York City. Gary Gershoff/WireImage/Getty