Fraud Alert: Joe Davis recycles epic Bryce Harper NLCS call for Justin Jefferson catch in Week 10
FOX play-by-play commentator Joe Davis has officially exposed himself as a fraud. The once-beloved broadcaster totally recycled his “The swing of his life!” call from Bryce Harper’s NLCS Game 5 home run less than a month after the fact.
Even worse, Joe Davis used the line for a Justin Jefferson catch:
Disappointing, Joe. You were Philadelphia’s favorite son. Alas, that is no more.
It was an iconic call because of the singularity of the moment. This isn’t something made more memorable by repetition like Mike Breen saying “bang!” when an NBA player hits a big three-point shot.
Was Justin Jefferson’s catch the best in both his own career and potentially NFL history? Absolutely.
In fact, I’ll even agree that it was the catch of Jefferson’s life. But the NLCS was still very recent, and it was immediately obvious (at least to me) that Joe Davis went back to the well with zero shame. I had been running around all day and hadn’t caught most of the early window, but I clocked it off rip.
This doesn’t even have anything to do with my relationship to Jefferson as a Philadelphia. Sure, it hurts a bit more that Davis recycled a call etched into Phillies history for the one that got away.
Using the same call from a play that clinched a World Series berth during a regular season game also just seems off. Harper’s home-run punched a ticket to a championship appearance, while the Jefferson catch set his team up to beat the Bills in Week 10 (and they nearly shit the bed).
Honestly, I’d also be a tad miffed if I was a Vikings fan. Not only is the franchise a total joke regardless of record on a yearly basis, but the greatest play in recent team history is scored by a repurposed call from less than a few weeks ago.
Even worse, they hate Philly because of the ass-whooping both the team and fans received when they came here for the NFC Championship game. So it must be at least a tad annoying if they’re aware.
Regardless of where you are on the fan spectrum, you have to admit it was a lame move out of an otherwise incredible announcer. I love Joe Davis, but left me and many other Philadelphians feeling like so:
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