Ravens’ Justin Tucker ‘jinxed’ on short field goal miss by Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
The announcer’s jinx isn’t real. Or is it? Justin Tucker missing a short field goal seems just as unlikely as what an announcer says actually affecting the game on the field.
Tuesday night, Tucker pulled a 36-yard field goal wide left during the Ravens’ win over the Cowboys. He’d made 70 consecutive field goals from inside 40 yards before his errant kick. It would’ve been shocking enough just to see Tucker mess up from that close, but it stood out even more because of what Fox announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman said as Tucker prepared to kick.
Aikman started, “If there’s such a thing as automatic from this distance, it’s Justin Tucker, that’s for sure.”
Buck: “Justin Tucker, since 2016, has made 70 straight inside 40 yards.”
Aikman: “It’s nice when you have a kicker like that you can depend on. We’ll see if he keeps that streak alive here.”
Buck: “I’m just gonna say he is. No announcer’s jinx, come on.”
Then Tucker pulled his kick wide left.
Joe Buck mentioned how Ravens kicker Justin Tucker had made 70 straight field goals inside 40 yards.
Troy Aikman said, "We'll see if he keeps that streak alive here."
Buck: "I'm just gonna say he is. No announcer's jinx, come on!"
And Tucker missed a 36-yarder. pic.twitter.com/mtc1dOC8Dv
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) December 9, 2020
After the miss, Buck remarked, “Who gets blamed for that? Me, you, the center, the holder, the kicker?”
In reality, the Tucker miss is just more proof that he’s human than proof of any sort of announcer’s jinx (unless there’s a way to patch the broadcast feed into a helmet and Tucker was listening to Buck as he kicked). Tucker is the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history, at 90.8 percent. Tuesday’s miss was only his second of the season, and the first came on an attempt from 61 yards. In his career, Tucker is 159-for-162 on kicks from inside 40 yards (98.1 percent).
Tucker had never kicked on a Tuesday before Week 13, so maybe that should be added to Buck’s list of potentially blamed parties after the miss. It happens, even to the best. The biggest takeaway from an extremely unlikely event? Buck probably won’t guarantee any field goals as they’re kicked for a while.