Prior to Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers, a fleet of military jets performed a flyover across the stadium. Announcers Troy Aikman and Joe Buck had some thoughts.
Flyovers have long been a tradition during the playing of the National Anthem before collegiate and professional sporting events. With a pandemic looming large and forcing NFL stadiums to less than 50 percent capacity, some are asking if a military flyover display over a mostly empty stadium is necessary. The exact cost of a military jet flyover isn’t clear but it certainly isn’t cheap.
Fox Broadcasting team Troy Aikman and Joe Buck are among those who have expressed criticism of the extravagant displays. Allegedly caught on a “hot mic” the tandem asked if a flyover across Raymond James Stadium was a good use of money.
“That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover,” Aikman comments.
“That is your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work,” Buck replies.
Aikman then says that a change in the presidential office would alleviate the issue.
“That stuff ain’t happening with a Kamala-Biden ticket,” the former All Pro Quarterback says. “I will tell you that right now, partner.”
Troy Aikman – Joe Buck Flyover Comments Draw Attention
As the comments from the tandem made the social media rounds, many took notice and also used social media to express their opinions. Comments made on social media were spit between support and opposition of the comments.
“Not much to unpack at all,” a Twitter user writes. “They are saying military jet flyover of football stadiums are a waste of fuel and tax money even when were aren’t in the middle of a pandemic. Obviously, Aikman thinks that will go away under Biden.
Other commenters say flyovers serve a purpose for young pilots needing “flying hours.”
“Actually, it’s not recruitment fund–it’s training funds,” a Tweeter says. “Pilots need flying hours to maintain their proficiency. Flyovers are one way to get those hours.”
Here are some more Twitter follow-ups to comments made by Aikman and Buck: