After a long week of traveling across the country and meticulously researching new teams to cover, I really can't blame Joe Buck for wanting to get home, be with his wife, Michelle Beisner-Buck, and his twin sons, and pour himself a nice glass of wine to unwind.
However, when facing a particularly noteworthy week in which he called eight sporting events in eight days, including five World Series games and three major NFL clashes, drinking alcohol was on the opposite end of his to-do list.
On the latest episode of "The Peter King Podcast," King lauded Buck for his ability to call such an impressive slate of games without missing a beat and asked him what his secret was to being so well-rested and prepared for this unprecedented gauntlet of broadcasting.
"My own personal secret is I made a pact with myself that for the last two-plus weeks — now going on three weeks — I wasn't going to have a drink which, to me, is a big deal," Buck said. "My wife and I... when we put our two-and-a-half-year-old twins down, we like to share a bottle of wine and watch whatever the hell we're binge watching at the time.
"I just thought — this is the first time I've done that — for the next two-and-a-half weeks, I'm not going to have alcohol in my life. And that's helped me sleep."
Three weeks without alcohol, especially in 2020? I'll pass. But I have to commend Buck for his continually undying work ethic, a factor which helps to make him one of the best in the business.
Buck says that he wears a Whoop device, which records various statistics regarding health and sleep habits, and he says that his REM sleep readings have been "off the charts."
"I've got to be honest with you, being away from home — and I joke about this with Michelle all the time because of our two-and-a-half-year-old twins — I've had more sleep here than I've had in two-and-a-half years," Buck said.
Now that the World Series is over with, Buck gets a brief respite from his broadcasting activities before jumping right back into action for the Panthers-Falcons division battle on Thursday night.