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Bama Dress Or Gator Yard?

If you need further proof of the passion of SEC football fans, we offer not one but two examples this afternoon.

Our first entrant is Miss Alabama 2013 – the appropriately named Chandler Champion – who also happens to be a University of Alabama student.

Miss Champion is getting ready for the Miss America competition later this month and showed off a dress she’ll wear on the Atlantic City boardwalk. described the dress this way: The Ann Northington-designed outfit is a is a black jumpsuit with a fitted bodice, complete with a houndstooth float that spells out “Roll Tide” on the front and has the Alabama National Championship emblem on the back.

“I really like to be trendy,” said Champion, ” but I do like to march to the beat of my own drum.”

Can anyone top that?  Well. Maybe.

Meet our second entrant, Jason Ioppolo.  Jason, according to his Twitter bio, lives in Ohio but we’re guessing his neighbors have no illusions about which team he’s rooting for.  Check out this picture of his backyard – complete with yard markers, Florida Gator and SEC logos. (H/T The SEC Logo)


Which one do you prefer – the Gator Yard or the Bama Dress?

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Musberger Inks A Poster Of McCarron’s Girlfriend

Say this for ABC/ESPN broadcaster Brent Musberger: He seems to have a pretty good sense of humor.  After being dragged over some unnecessary coals for his “wow, she’s pretty” moment during Alabama’s BCS Championship Game win over Notre Dame, the announcer took the time to sign a poster featuring Katherine Webb — Tide quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend — last night.  An Iowa State student brought the poster to the Kansas-ISU game, which Musberger was calling.

Musberger inked the bikini-shot of Webb with the words, “SHE’S A 10!” and his signature.

Since Musberger brought attention to the former Miss Alabama, she’s covered the Super Bowl for “Inside Edition,” posted for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, and now she’s prepping for a celebrity diving show — no, really — that will air on ABC.  Webb has also made it very clear that she appreciated Musberger’s comments and did not take offense.

Good to see the announcer realizes just how silly the forced-controversy was as well.



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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 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.


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