A Political Statement Broke Out In The Middle Of A Football Game – Usually That’s Not A Great Combo

FILE - This Oct. 11, 2018, file photo shows Troy Aikman, right, and Joe Buck working before an NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles in East Rutherford, N.J. "I remember opening weekend when I got home I had a couple college buddies that were raving about the pregame show and how great and fun it was with everyone," said Aikman, who was Cowboys quarterback in 1994 before joining the network seven years later. "It was refreshing, new and unique, and that set the tone for the network."(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Hey, sports announcers: You should already know this, but once your microphone is attached, anything you say – politics included – can be recorded and played for the masses.

If you don’t want to become part of the “Shut up and dribble” narrative, keep your non-football opinions off the live mics.

Veteran NFL broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman failed to heed that rule on Sunday before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Green Bay Packers game in Tampa. The two seemed to criticize a military flyover following the national anthem.

Aikman started the exchange, which, while recorded, did not go out over the Fox national broadcast, commenting, “That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover.”

Buck chimed in, “That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work.”

Aikman then seemed to offer a form of political endorsement: “That stuff ain’t happening with [a] Kamala-Biden ticket, I’ll tell you that right now, partner.”

That comment could be interpreted in two ways. First, Aikman could have meant that a Democratic administration under Biden-Harris would not waste taxpayer money on an event such as a military flyover, which, he seemed to indicate, was a waste of time and resources.

Let’s consider that for a moment. First of all, since when do Democrats have a political reputation for not spending too much money? And second, what does the president have to do with scheduling military flyovers at public events?

But there’s a second interpretation. Aikman actually could have been throwing shade at Biden-Harris, implying that such military flyovers wouldn’t happen under a Democratic administration because, supposedly, Democrats aren’t patriotic like Republicans are.

If Aikman were apparently endorsing the Biden-Harris ticket, that would fly in the face of his past support for Republicans.

Our opinion: the media have it all wrong. Aikman was dissing Democrats as not being patriotic. But until Aikman clarifies his comments, no one knows for sure which interpretation is correct.

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