Joe Buck recently appeared on the “Smartless” podcast with Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes. And he had a confession to make about something that occurred early in his broadcast career.
“I have peed in a bottle while calling an NFL touchdown,” Buck admitted. “I was peeing in a trash can and they handed me like a little water bottle.”
You probably have some important questions about that revelation.
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First of all, how did that come up? It came during a segment of the podcast during which Buck provided young broadcasters some critical advice about being a play-by-play announcer.
“If there’s stage fright in your life, don’t even apply,” Buck said. “Because you have a minute and a half to go to the bathroom and there’s running involved.”
Naturally, that comment led into Buck’s story. He was in Milwaukee calling a Packers vs. Falcons game, and he really had to go. However, there was one problem.
“[It] was like a “Mission Impossible”, Tom Cruise thing to get to the bathroom in the stadium, and the half wouldn’t end,” Buck told Arnett, Bateman and Hayes. “And I couldn’t get there and I was just pounding water and I was crying. Water was trying to get out of [my system].”
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So, Buck did what anyone desperate to go would do. He went, first into the trash can and then into the bottle. But he didn’t finish before the game restarted.
“We came back from the break, and I was peeing,” Buck said. “And the action started and I called the touchdown while urine was coming out of me.”
Buck having the wherewithal to do that is certainly impressive.
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Of course, this brings up another question. When did this happen?
Sporting News did a bit of digging and discovered that there was only one Packers-Falcons game played in Milwaukee for which Buck would have been a broadcaster. That was Dec. 18, 1994, in Week 16 of the NFL season.
Buck would have just started at Fox as a 25-year-old at that time, and the 34-degree weather for the game — “I was wearing a parka because it was freezing,” Buck said on the podcast — helps to confirm that timeline.
So then, which touchdown did Buck call while peeing into a bottle? It may have been Brett Favre’s winning touchdown run in the game’s final minute that immediately followed a timeout, but you’ll have to judge for yourself from the 1994 broadcast of the game.