Joe Buck: Geography Fail

November 2, 2010 – 1:26 am by Hickey

Late during Fox’s Game 5 telecast, the network whipped out that nifty little graphic that it uses whenever teams have gone an obscene amount of time without winning a championship.

Things we learned about the world we lived in when the New York Giants won the 1954 World Series:

The top TV show was “I Love Lucy.”

Eisenhower was president.

A postage stamp cost 21 cents, or something like that.

And no major league team existed west of the Mississippi River.

Wait, what was that last one again, Joe Buck? Last time I checked, St. Louis is actually WEST of the Mississippi. You know, that stream of water that separates if from East St. Louis. Also, the Cardinals have played there since 1892.

But hey, Americans don’t have a very good grasp of geography or history, so I guess that mistake might be excusable… if Joe Buck didn’t grow up IN ST. LOUIS. Dude, I know you didn’t make the graphic, but perhaps the light bulb in your head could have noticed that the idiot who did doesn’t know where the hell your hometown is.

(And yes, it speaks to how bad this World Series was that our only related content on the site regards this gaffe).

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  1. 7 Responses to “Joe Buck: Geography Fail”

  2. Thank you! I just about flipped out when I saw that. I could almost understand it if the Cardinals had joined the NL or moved cities just before 1954, but they were off by 62 years!

    And Joe Buck of all people. He’s gonna get lynched when he comes home next …

    By Jeff P on Nov 2, 2010

  3. I just listened to The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (I had read it once before), and Bryson cited this same thing…despite the fact that the Cardinals were west of the Mississippi.

    So, I think that’s been a phrase that’s been tossed around for a while. Still, “No teams west of St. Louis” would be a better way of phrasing it. I just think that the Mississippi holds such a position of esteem in the minds of Americans that we identify the east/west split with it’s waters.

    Wait…that sounded profound or deep or something. That’s not right. FIRE BRIAN KELLY! FIRE HIS ASS RIGHT EFFING NOW!!!!!!!

    By MJenks on Nov 2, 2010

  4. thanks for noticing this last night, it sure sounded dumb on TV during the game! 1954 was when the St Louis Browns moved to become the Baltimore Orioles, but holy smokes, even the old Sportsman’s Stadium in St. Louis was a mile or two west of the Mississippi River!

    By Bob on Nov 2, 2010

  5. i was really hoping that would be the impetus to FINALLY fire joe buck (or at least relegate him to something he can do without speaking)…but alas, it doesn’t appear to be so.

    By nicole on Nov 2, 2010

  6. There need to be more posts with the tag “Things That Would Piss Nelly Off”. Oh, and more stuff ripping on Joe Buck.

    By Cousin Charlie on Nov 3, 2010

  7. Did he say “west of the Mississippi” or “west of Mississippi”? Because St. Louis is east of parts of the state of Mississippi.

    By Ace on Nov 4, 2010

  8. Dear Mr. Buck.
    It is easy to see you are a Tiger’s fan, however, please try, and hold your enthusiasm for them.
    Now that we will have to listen to you at least for one more ALCS game, I would appreciate it if you would be a little less bias in your announcing!
    Of course, you are free to pick whomever you choose, but quite frankly, for the game tonight you sounded more like a paid Detroit announcer and not one from Fox.

    By Richard Smith on Oct 13, 2011

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