Fox broadcaster Troy Aikman was unimpressed with the NFC wild-card matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. Despite the Bucs sustaining an increasing number of injuries to key players, they ran roughshod over the Eagles, winning 31-15 and keeping Philly scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Blowouts are fun for the fans of the winning team, but a non-competitive game isn't fun for broadcasters. The Eagles, led by quarterback Jalen Hurts, were awful. Aikman, who was calling the game with Joe Buck, made it clear that he was not happy he was assigned to that dud of a game instead of the matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.
Troy speaking for everyone still watching this one 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/bObFae5CaZ
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) January 16, 2022
Aikman on 49ers Cowboys: “It’s going to be a great game. I mean a really good game. There’s a lot of people that would like to be calling that game.”
AIKMAN FOR PRESIDENT
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) January 16, 2022
Aikman and Buck are Fox broadcasters, so they had no choice but to call the game that was airing on Fox. The 49ers-Cowboys game is on CBS, and is being called by the Jim Nantz-Tony Romo broadcast team.
The NFL adopted the expanded wild-card format last year, and it's worth nothing that this is the second straight year that CBS and its top team of Nantz and Romo have called a late afternoon NFC wild-card game. Last year, Nantz and Romo called the late afternoon matchup between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, while Buck and Aikman got the early window game between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks.
Here's an explanation for how Aikman and Buck ended up calling the less attractive Sunday matchup:
The reason CBS has Cowboys-49ers is because they bought the 4:30 window Wild Card Weekend Sunday slot for around $70M when the NFL added playoff games.
NFL generally goes with best matchup in most highly rated slot of Sunday afternoon.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) January 16, 2022
Unfortunately, Aikman can't hop into a time machine and prevent Fox from getting the rights to the Eagles-Bucs game. He'll just have to hope next week's Fox game is more entertaining. It won't involve the Eagles, so there's a decent chance it will be.