Joe Buck, Troy Aikman take heat for comments on flyovers

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For years, the military sends planes to fly over venues at which large-scale sporting events will be played.

On Sunday, military fighter jets flew over Raymond James Stadium prior to the Packers-Buccaneers game. Via Samer Kalef of Defector.com, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman offered their thoughts on the subject into a hot mic.

“That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover,” Aikman says in the clip.

“That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work!” Buck interjects.

“That stuff ain’t happening with [a] Kamala-Biden ticket,” Aikman adds. “I’ll tell you that right now, partner.”

The final remark has likely made this into a red state/blue state thing, prompting Aikman to trend on Twitter. Although some are saying that Buck and Aikman “mocked” the flyover process in a way that attempts to imply they disrespected the military, the point is that they regard it as a waste of money. That’s a decidedly non-partisan observation.

On the surface, it is a waste of money. But it also gives pilots flying time, which they need anyway. Moreover, it’s a potentially strong recruiting tool, underscoring the ties between football and the military.

The bigger problem with Aikman’s observation isn’t that it’s political but that it’s incorrect. Flyovers will continue regardless of who wins the election, taking a break only when the federal government is shut down.

66 responses to “Joe Buck, Troy Aikman take heat for comments on flyovers

  1. Well they are geniune training missions – so there is that. And I love the flyovers after the anthem. Just one of the many reasons I absoltuly love to attend games in person. Without the flyover and anthem, i might as well just watch it on TV. Keep them coming – nothing can replace the feel of americans freedom rumbling over a full NFL stadium! Go America!

  2. Their comments lack understanding of military training. Military pilots need training and the flyover is scheduled as a piece of a training flight. An important performance criteria for them is Time On Target (arriving at a location precisely at the right time to deconflict the airspace and acheive mission goals). A flyover, while simple, gives them practice for time on target.

    Pilot training occurs regardless of a game going on or not, so it does not add much cost other than the fuel to divert to the stadium and back.

  3. I was ok with their observations until Troy mentioned his political affiliations. It was unnecessary to bring that up

  4. Ever since the “that is a disgusting act” call by Buck when Randy Moss PRETENDED to moon the Green Bay fans after they IN FACT DID MOON the Vikings Bus in the parking lot, I’ve had a strong dislike of Buck. I also always thought Troy was kind of dumb. This confirms both.

  5. Also, why wasn’t Buck “disgusted” with Rodgers’ pelvic thrust celebration after his non-touchdown? To me that was way worse than Moss’ fake moon in Lambeau. What Moss did was funny while what Rodgers did was kind of creepy.

  6. It is a waste of money and the NFL shouldn’t be promoting war. Here again it is OK for some to interject their politics but if a player talks about something domestic he is bad guy. It is propaganda, something our country used to rail against. Now we can’t get enough of it.

  7. The Pentagon or DOD pays millions(at the taxpayers’ expense) to the NFL and FOX to salute and promote the troops.

    I think Aikman was right to call out this fact. The money should go to actual soldiers, who get peanuts, rather than to the NFL and FOX.

  8. these Celebrities and athletes complaining about pollution yet are constantly flying on private jets.

    that is the real waste of $$

  9. Aikman’s finest comment though came when a player took down a defender and holding was called. He said,”That wasn’t holding. You see that at a rodeo.”

  10. I wouldn’t be so sure they continue with Biden and Harris in charge. They are going to be under tremendous pressure to cut costs after the Republicans increased the deficit significantly…*AGAIN*. It would be some good politics to cut stuff like this so Republicans have to decide if its more important to have the silly fly over or actually try to reduce the deficit. No matter what if they want them back they have to say they like spending money that isn’t necessary to spend.

  11. They’ll keep doing the flyovers until one of the jets crashes into a stadium or a nearby school/hospital/apartment complex. Then…they’ll stop the flyovers, with a regretful “no one could have predicted this” quip

  12. Flyovers won’t happen under a Biden/Harris administration because their Green New Deal will eliminate air travel.

  13. Yeah…I’m all for Biden/Harris. But those comments by Aikman at the end were unnecessary.

    Unfortunately, sometimes politics is an appropriate subject when related to sports. This wasn’t one of them.

  14. 50Stars says:
    October 20, 2020 at 10:59 am
    Well they are geniune training missions – so there is that. And I love the flyovers after the anthem. Just one of the many reasons I absoltuly love to attend games in person. Without the flyover and anthem, i might as well just watch it on TV.
    ___________________________

    Agreed about the training and how cool it is to witness the flyover. But there’s absolutely no way a flyover (or anthem) impacts my decision to attend a game or not. If I wanted to pay to see jets, I’d buy tickets to an air show.

  15. Just an idiotic comment. Between the two of them their IQ may not add up to Troy’s jersey number.

  16. Interesting that Troy said Harris/Biden…since when is the VP candidate mentioned before the Presidential candidate? The ticket is Biden/Harris. Then again, Troy was probably drunk as usual.

  17. I seem to recall an experiment back in the 1980’s where commentary by the announcers was limited to “1st and 10” and “3rd and 5”. If there was that option where we could just have that – I’d totally be for that. Until that time, I guess I’ll keep using Mute on my remote.

  18. “Well they are geniune training missions – so there is that.”

    Sure, like you know anything about training missions.

  19. The flights happen whether they happen over a stadium or not. The pilots need flying experience, practice, and need to log hours. That’s going to happen no matter what. We don’t have planes and pilots that just sit for years on the ground twiddling their thumbs waiting for the next administration to invade Syria.

  20. “Their comments lack understanding of military training. Military pilots need training and the flyover is scheduled as a piece of a training flight”
    __________

    Please state your credentials for knowing what is involved in military flight training. Reading stories in Soldier Of Fortune magazine does not count.

  21. because their Green New Deal will eliminate air travel.
    —–
    Except that Biden has repeatedly said he doesn’t support the GND and has his own plan. But regardless that’s a ridiculous assertion as air travel will become a much larger part of our future I’m sure. It’s the internal combustion engine they’re after. As a gearhead, that has swayed my vote in the past but seeing what is being accomplished with electric cars now, I think I’ve changed my opinion.

  22. Yep, everything is Trump’s fault. Hey Troy, did we ever do flyovers during the Obama administration? Clinton? Bush? Acting like this is something Trump came up with is idiotic. Do some research before you talk for once.

  23. Aikman and Buck just play intelligent people on TV, no reason to think they are any smarter than the fans watching at home.

  24. Totally agree with Buck and Aikman . It’s called free speech people , it’s in the Constitution even if it’s speech you disagree with . Too many snowflakes looking for any reason real or imagined to whine .

  25. “Also, why wasn’t Buck “disgusted” with Rodgers’ pelvic thrust celebration after his non-touchdown? To me that was way worse than Moss’ fake moon in Lambeau. What Moss did was funny while what Rodgers did was kind of creepy.”

    When Rodgers did that pelvic thrust, it was homage to Hingle McCringleberry’s TD celebration on Key and Peele.

  26. Stop with the outrage over flyovers when a President has spent over $120,000,000 flying to play golf. Where is the outrage over that? I think the flyovers are great as I can see my money flying…..signed…a Veteran.

  27. I miss Howard Cowell and Dandy Don and Mike Gifford…..NO WAY they could survived in 2020..

  28. Lol, there’s all kinds of money for flyovers. We haven’t been in a conflict since Trump took over. These airmen need the practice!

  29. We should all get a good laugh at the people here who, even after being informed about the truth of training missions (no matter how much military spending might be cut, flight training can and will happen), still tried to argue that under a different Presidential administration the flyovers could be removed. Ah, willful ignorance at its finest, along with the person who suggested that a Democratic administration would work hard to cut costs. This is a non-partisan comment: both parties have major flaws and both are happy to wastefully spend taxpayer dollars.

  30. @ peoriaviking says:
    October 20, 2020 at 11:01 am
    Ever since the “that is a disgusting act” call by Buck when Randy Moss PRETENDED to moon the Green Bay fans after they IN FACT DID MOON the Vikings Bus in the parking lot, I’ve had a strong dislike of Buck. I also always thought Troy was kind of dumb. This confirms both.

    ———————————

    Joe Buck is a text book definition of nepotism, as is Kenny Albert, neither of them would be where they are today if it weren’t for Poppa Buck and Poppa Marv. And he comes across borderline patronizing at times.

  31. I have no problem with their comments. There is some validity to questioning flyovers of practically empty stadiums. Aikman, though, should have kept the politician’s names out of it. He didn’t realize the mic was live, so it wasn’t an intentional public comment on politics. And it’s not like he called our war dead and POWs losers.

  32. Interesting that he called it the ‘Kamala-Biden’ ticket. Yes, Troy, we know the Dems plan is to stick Joe on an ice floe after the election but, until then, internal monologue only.

  33. Here all this time I thought Troy may have taken one too many hits to the head but to hear him backing Biden/Harris the man is okay.

  34. The “mute” button has been available for years and should be your default when watching any televised sporting event.

  35. “That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover,” Aikman says in the clip.

    “That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work!” Buck interjects.

    Damn right! Stuff like this needs to stop immediately!

  36. It was a hot mic? They weren’t saying these things as some form of political statement, they were just b.s.’ing. Crazy how sensitive people are. It’s hilarious to see a person who comments on these posts, criticizing Aikman’s and Buck’s intelligence, lol. They make millions of off football, you’re commenting on a PFT post, lol.

  37. jjackwagon says:
    October 20, 2020 at 11:24 am
    Interesting that Troy said Harris/Biden…since when is the VP candidate mentioned before the Presidential candidate? The ticket is Biden/Harris. Then again, Troy was probably drunk as usual.
    ————————
    No, he was correct

  38. They should be fired they have cushion jobs because oF who they are , ones dad and the other NFL hotshot. They showed no respect and show how hypocritical the NFL has become

  39. The military has a marketing budget…if they choose to spend a portion of it with the NFL so be it.

    Buck best call was JD eating his breakfast…

  40. Another example of multi-millionaire media members, projecting their political views while spending others money to do so. Should be looked into by the FCC and/or the contribution folks in the Swamp. Troy, you loser, spend your own money if you want to run a political advertisement. If you are worried about wasteful use of taxpayers money you just nailed the 1,220,417th ranked thing that is a waste of tax payers money. Congrats! Incredible dumbass.

  41. Fly overs are a colossal waste of money. Love them particularly at Nascar in Phoenix because they come in over the mountains. But I just hate Buck and Aikman as announcers – not quite as bad as Booger M but almost. But they do have a point – especially if they cant fund care properly for military vets. But that is a whole nother story

  42. They’ll get a slap on the wrist because it was pro Biden, if it was pro Trump, they’d be fired !!

  43. Don’t tell Troy the truth about how “green” ideas like
    electric cars actually cause MORE pollution, and greenhouse
    gasses than gasoline powered cars do…

  44. Former Naval Aircrew here and yes we would spend a lot of money on training flights. Been on many myself so we’d be prepared when called upon but what would Troy know about being brave. Little coward

  45. The reality is, the pilots need seat time regardless. Either it’s a fly over or some other type of flying. It just shows the ignorance of Troy and Joe.

  46. richiehass says:
    October 20, 2020 at 11:42 am

    “Also, why wasn’t Buck “disgusted” with Rodgers’ pelvic thrust celebration after his non-touchdown? To me that was way worse than Moss’ fake moon in Lambeau. What Moss did was funny while what Rodgers did was kind of creepy.”

    When Rodgers did that pelvic thrust, it was homage to Hingle McCringleberry’s TD celebration on Key and Peele.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    That doesn’t make it right.

  47. No comment about the taxpayer funding of billions of dollars to billionaires to build billion dollar stadiums so the billionaires can make billions of more money off the taxpayers through over-inflated PSLs and ticket sales. They did not comment on that because these millionaire announcers are making millions of dollar announcing football games played in billion dollar stadium “owned” by billionaires.

  48. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman need to be fired. In this day and age you can not say that and not be fired. Also, all pilots need x number of hours every month of flight time in the military. We are paying for the fuel whether they are flying over deserts or flying at the opening of a sporting event.

  49. I would expect no less, as far as the comments of the two commentators go.
    As (at least) one person has said, the time spent performing the “Fly Over Mission is counted as training time. I am all for it….if the NFL and game commentators dont like it. Heck fly over state HS football championship games.
    I once read a story on one of these web sites, that it is actually the military that pays the NFL money to have such things as fly overs, and salute to service celebrations.
    It’s all tax payers money…one way or another.

  50. Gothic Scorpion says:
    October 20, 2020 at 2:35 pm
    They’ll get a slap on the wrist because it was pro Biden, if it was pro Trump, they’d be fired !!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    If it was pro-Trump they’d be Russian jets.

  51. I am proud of our military, the accomplishments, our arsenal and weaponry. It’s why we are free. The men and women flying those planes have just as much skill as the football players, just in a different way. Although there is more chance for them to die every time they go up as opposed to playing a game… I appreciate them and their hard work a little more than overpaid football players…sorry.

  52. …it is a BIG waste of money except maybe for the Super Bowl. Why do fly overs to show Patriotism? when the same players sit, kneel, stay in the locker room…

  53. Another funny thing is that the dems are the ones that spend government dollars. You cannot deny that no matter who’s side you are on, so Troy’s statement is wrong on two counts.

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