With no sports to call, it has come to this for Fox play-by-play announcer Joe Buck: he is accepting videos of people doing regular day things and calling the action. That includes a boy killing his first spider, a Southwest Airlines crew landing a plane, and a dad stuffing a Nerf basketball back into his young son’s face.
What else is a play-by-play man to do to keep sharp in the time of COVID-19, which has shut down professional sports as we know it? Buck, who is best known as Fox’s No. 1 voice for its MLB and NFL coverage, has been calling the U.S. Open and select other USGA national championships since 2015.
But not all of his submissions have come from average Joes. On Saturday, Buck posted on his social media accounts a video sent in from 2017 PGA Championship winner and current World No. 4 golfer Justin Thomas, who Buck refers to as “one of my favorite players and guys on the PGA Tour.”
Buck, who has been criticized in some circles for not being much of a “golf guy,” adds about Thomas, in the first of several self-deprecating moments to come, “Let’s be honest, he’s one of the few guys I know.”
In the video, which runs 84 seconds, Thomas is in front of…