It can be difficult to call a blowout, and it sometimes leads to some comments pretty far removed from the game. One of those came from play-by-play broadcaster Joe Buck during Fox’s broadcast of the NFC championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.
With the Eagles up 38-7 (which would eventually be the final score) near the start of the fourth quarter, the broadcast came back from commercial to a shot of NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley (who played for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1984-92) watching the game with Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie, and that led to Buck breaking out an impression of Barkley:
“How about this pair? Jeffrey Lurie being saluted by Charles Barkley. ‘This man’s not turrible.’ 4th and 2.”
Buck’s impression was… not well-received.
Joe Buck just did an impersonation of Charles Barkley. I’m calling the police.
— Chris May (@mayday_36) January 22, 2018
That Charles Barkley impression Joe Buck just did makes me want to cut my ears off
— Amanda Lee Carraway (@amanduh42) January 22, 2018
Joe Buck sounded more British than anything trying to imitate Charles Barkley
— KevinPyt (@kevinpyt) January 22, 2018
When Joe Buck is doing his Charle Barkley, you know it's over.
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) January 22, 2018
However, one Twitter user made the valid comment that this actually stood up pretty well compared to the rest of the game.
Joe Buck doing a Charles Barkley impression has been the most exciting thing from this entire game.#PHIvsMIN
— childish_blacktino (@childishblaxino) January 22, 2018