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ESPN Apologizes For Musberger’s Comments… Really? Hubba, Hubbub

gfx - honest opinionMan, we are way, way too sensitive as a society.  Last night just about everyone watching the BCS title game had a little fun at Brent Musberger’s expense.  When the ESPN announcer made a couple of remarks suggesting he was more interested in Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s bombshell girlfriend than the bombs the QB was tossing on the field, it was Twitter that went blew up.

“You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women,” Musberger said to Kirk Herbstreit in the broadcast booth.  “What a beautiful woman,” he said of Katherine Webb, the reigning Miss Alabama.  “If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pop.”

For his part, Herbstreit added a “wow” and said McCarron was “doing some things right down in Tuscaloosa.”  Apparently no one had any problem with Herbstreit’s comment.

 

 

Nothing Musberger said was offensive.  It simply went viral as a Twitter topic.  There’s a difference between going too far and simply saying something that everyone else — those of us at MrSEC.com included — takes too far.

But remarkably, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz still issued an apology for the broadcasting legend’s remarks:

 

“We always try to capture the interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test.  However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.”

 

First of all, ESPN was the one to put the shot of Webb on the screen.  Unless Musberger was also directing last night’s broadcast, he didn’t make any decisions about which fans would be shown in the stands.  And if McCarron’s girlfriend didn’t have world class looks, here’s guessing who ever did decide to zoom in on her wouldn’t have done so.

Second, we find it ironic that several sites reporting on Musberger’s comments have decided to use a bikini photo of Webb to go along with the story.  “Boy, Musberger went a little overboard, didn’t he?  Now, look at this shot of that same babe in a bikini!”  Hubba, hubba, indeed.

Third, was Musberger wrong about pretty women dating starting quarterbacks?  Just stereotyping here, but no.  Anyone remember how bright the spotlight shone on former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s wife at last year’s NFL draft (televised by ESPN)?  And just last month The Dallas Morning News wrote a story about current A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and “his beautiful model girlfriend.”  (Maybe A&M’s the place to be a QB, not Bama.)

Musberger’s comments weren’t the kind of thing you would expect from a seasoned broadcast veteran, but they didn’t cross over any imaginary line.  Certainly not far enough to necessitate an apology from ESPN.

And the fact that Webb reportedly picked up 90,000 Twitter followers during the game suggests Musberger wasn’t alone in his ogling of McCarron’s main squeeze.

 

 


6 comments
gregpomeroy1
gregpomeroy1

John, how come no post today on the actual BCS national championship game?  No post on Saban and his fourth national championship?  No post on where this national championship now puts Bama in history?  But this is a very interesting post on Brent Musberger.

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

ironic that they were quicker to apologize for musberger, even though he did nothing wrong, than rob parker after his racist rant on RGIII.  there's plenty of other things espn should apologize for that they don't.  this wasn't one of them.

bradleygator
bradleygator

The fact that Espn apologized for these comments is too ridiculous to even discuss.  I highly recommend clicking on the above link to Tannehill's wife and scrolling all the way down though.

Farragutt Fool
Farragutt Fool

My guess is some deep pocket ND alum said something to the right person at ESPN,what eles could you do after watching a game like that one !

MoKelly1
MoKelly1

I agree 100%. I thought his comments were fine and good natured --- the ad lib about picking up a football and tossing it with Dad was cleaver. Just remember the old song --- "You gotta be a fotball hero". Perhaps that will be tomorrows iPod song?

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @gregpomeroy1 

 

1.  I knew everyone and their brother would write game stories and sidebars today. 

 

2.  Being an SEC site, I decided last week that my "day after" story would instead be about the SEC's streak.  Either a victory column -- reminding people of Forde and Doyel writing silliness -- or a defeat column -- reminding people of the SEC's advantages as a means to calm fears that the dynasty was over.

 

3.  Our Tuesday story will be a piece on Saban's place in SEC history and it's taken all day to crunch those numbers.

 

Thanks for reading the site,

John

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