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Oct. 20, 2020, 4:17 p.m. EDT

Hot mic picks up Joe Buck and Troy Aikman dissing NFL pregame flyover

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By Weston Blasi

That was Fox sportscaster Joe Buck voicing a critique of a military-jet flyover before an NFL game on Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

Buck was caught on a hot mic shortly before the kickoff of Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Flyover by military jets have been a fixture of sporting events for years, but Buck and his announcing partner, Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, appear not to be fans.

“That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover,” Aikman observed before the game, drawing Buck’s dramatically intoned remark about the tax dollars being expended.

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According to the Washington Post, flying a squadron of jets can cost around $60,000 per hour. A grander-scale flyover of President Trump’s controversial Fourth of July event on the National Mall in 2019 cost $1.2 million, according to Military.com, which cited Pentagon data.

Aikman, who has not shied in the past from staking out positions on current affairs, added that “that stuff ain’t happening with a Kamala-Biden ticket, I’ll tell you that right now, partner.”

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