When Randy Moss pretended to drop trow and moon the Lambeau Field faithful during the 2004 NFC Wildcard game, announcer Joe Buck lost his mind. His famous over-the-top call of “that is disgusting” is still talked about more than a decade later. But there is a backside — or at least a back story — to this fake moon landing.
The Packers and Vikings were bitter division rivals. And the two times they’d met earlier in the 2004 season, the Packers had handily beaten their up-North neighbors. So, when Randy Moss got past the Packers’ Al Harris for a late fourth-quarter score to effectively end the playoff game, he wanted to celebrate. The wide receiver had been trading insults with the fans most of the game, and he wanted to have the final say. That’s when he pretended to pull down his pants.
But what most people didn’t know was that Packers fans would often moon the buses of opposing teams as they left Lambeau Field. Moss was only retaliating cheek for cheek. Thankfully, the Hall of Famer kept his pants up unlike Packers fans.
Fans at home didn’t get that bit of information or any of the backstory. What they got was world-famous play-by-play announcer Joe Buck recreating the Hindenburg disaster on the Frozen Tundra.
“That is a disgusting act by Randy Moss and it’s unfortunate that we have that on our air live,” he said, his pearls firmly clenched. “That is disgusting by Randy Moss.”
Joe Buck Doesn’t Regret Randy Moss ‘Disgusting’ Call
For his part, Buck told Sports Illustrated 15 years later that he stands by the call.
“It’s a high-wire act every week, every game,” he said, explaining play-by-play announcing. “It’s not as easy as most people think. Some liked it. Some didn’t.
“Go watch it and see how it hits you. I mean really watch it. A fake mooning and putting his ass on the goal post to paying fans in a stadium on national TV? I would for sure be regretful if I said nothing. That’s not how I was brought up. But, hey, Cris (Collinsworth) thought it was funny. So who’s right? Neither.”
Fans still make fun of Buck for his over-the-top delivery of what was a childish prank.
Randy Moss was fined $10,000 for the incident. Though, he doesn’t seem bothered by that.
“No, I’ve never done nothing like that in my career,” he said, “but it’s not like I pulled my pants down or anything like that. But, like I said, if I had to do it all over, I wouldn’t change it.”