Glitch Causes Joe Buck’s Faceplate To Fall Off Mid-Broadcast
NASHVILLE – Fox Sports Broadcasting blamed, “an unfortunate operating system error” for the glitch that knocked the synthetic human faceplate from the head of play-by-play announcer/android Joe Buck early in the first quarter of today’s Titans-Cowboys game.
“First and ten for Dallas at their own 42, Romo drops back, his protection breaks down, and he’s sacked for a five yard loss. Well, he certainly needs better blocking than that or else he’s goinzzgh bzzz critical-malfunction-critical-malfunction-all-systems-reboot-bzzzzttooooooo,” said Buck, as his aluminum alloy visage snapped away from his robotic exoskeleton and clattered to the floor of the LP Field broadcasting booth below.
Added Buck’s broadcasting partner Troy Aikman, “You’re absolutely right Joe, and it’s only going to get worse from here.”
“I’d like to apologize to all our viewers for the unfortunate snafu that occurred during this afternoon’s NFL broadcast,” Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said later via written statement. “Due to a faulty line of code in the J-Buck 9000 model, we experienced an unscheduled system shutdown that caused Joe’s robotic face hinges to malfunction. The faulty program has since been corrected, and I can assure our fans that Joe Buck will be back next week as good as new, delivering the same quality of high energy, upbeat NFL play-by-play announcing to which they’ve become accustomed.”