Time will tell if Fox Sports 1 emerges as a legitimate rival to ESPN’s family of networks or if it only manages to carve out a niche in the vast world of sports on TV.
The sports channel — which debuted Saturday — seems to be hitting the right notes based on initial impressions from viewers. But a day after its debut, Fox Sports 1 was upstaged ... by Fox itself.
The big channel carried the Colts/Giants game on Sunday night, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman handling the broadcast. In the fourth quarter, Randy Moss joined in. Moss was hired for FS1’s “Fox Football Daily,” which premiered Monday. It might not get much better for Randy on TV, however, than his brief back-and-forth with Buck on Sunday.
You’ll recall that Buck was on the call during the Vikings/Packers playoff game following the 2004 season when Moss performed his infamous fake moon at Lambeau Field. Buck called it a “disgusting act,” and the rest is history.
To Buck’s credit, he brought it up Sunday.
“We good?” Buck asked Moss. “I mean, you did your thing on the field and I did my thing in the booth ... and we’ve been linked for the rest of our lifetimes. You’re aware of that, right?
To which Moss replied: “Hey, Joe, that’s a good thing. ... You said what you said, I did what I did. We moved on from it, and now we’re working together. How about that?”
Buck countered: “It’s just funny how life goes in circles.”
Seconds later, Buck said on the broadcast that he and Moss haven’t spoken since that fateful night, which is now more than eight years ago. Not long after that game, Moss was traded to the Raiders, then eventually made his way to the Patriots, Titans and (of course) back to the Vikings before finishing his playing career with the 49ers.
He never won a Super Bowl, but if this is his new permanent role in life, Moss looks pretty comfortable. He could be loquacious and engaging in his playing days when he wanted to, and on Sunday night, Moss took the high road.
His former coach, Dennis Green, would be so proud.