January 15th, 2013 11:44 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, ESPN, Holly Rowe, Kansas Baylor
Brent Musburger landed in some tepid water after stating during last week’s BCS title game that AJ McCarron’s girlfriend — Miss Alabama Katherine Webb — was attractive.
The broadcasting legend also dared to suggest that quarterbacks always have the prettiest girlfriends and wives. Oh, so offensive. What a stereotype? Musburger even hinted that kids should want to play quarterback at Alabama, specifically. As if there’s some sort of history of ex-Bama signal-callers dating/marrying hotties.
ESPN ridiculously apologized for Musburger’s comments soon after he made them. (You can read our initial take and listen to his comments here.) The network did not apologize for cutting to shots of Webb in the stands. The network also did not apologize for color analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s comment which seemed to back up Musburger’s assessment. The apology was simply for Musburger’s remarks.
Webb herself said on national television that she was flattered by Musburger’s statements. She should have been. If not for the ESPN cameras and the announcers’ (plural) comments, she probably wouldn’t have picked up about 90,000 Twitter followers during the game, been invited to appear on the “Today” show on NBC, or been asked to pose for a Sports Illustrated pictorial. Yep, Musburger really did that poor gal a disservice.
Some feel Musburger referring to Webb as attractive was just another example of men objectifying women during a sports broadcast. OK. But here’s guessing the chit-chatting women on ABC’s “The View” have probably said from time to time that a male actor or signer is handsome. Don’tcha think?
Poor fellas, always objectified.
Well Musburger doesn’t seem to be taking all this nonsense too well. ESPN’s apology of last week stated that “the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.” No, apparently he does not.
Signing off after last night’s Kansas-Baylor basketball game, Musburger seemed to let everyone know what he thought of the whole cockamamie controversy:
“Once again, your final score, Kansas 61, Baylor 44. Coming up next: ‘SportsCenter.’ For Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe, who was really smokin’ tonight, I want to say ‘so long from Lawrence.’”
So long as Rowe knew Musburger was going to make that comment — or was fine with it — we tip our official MrSEC.com kepi to the broadcaster. Whether his latest remark heats the water he’s in from tepid to warm to hot remains to be seen, but by making that remark last night it’s pretty clear Musburger doesn’t give a hoot.
Kinda like Webb herself.
(Asked for comment, an ESPN official claims Musburger said “it was really smokin’ tonight.” Sounds more like “who” than “it” to us, but you can listen to the clip and make up your own mind.)
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