Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 1/9/13
Legendary ESPN play-by-play man Brent Musburger found himself in a bit of hot water on Tuesday for his audacious act of going on the air during Monday night’s BCS national title game and admitting that a hot woman was hot. Here’s what Musburger actually said to Kirk Herbstreit as the camera fixated on AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb: You quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman. Whoa! If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throwing it around with Pops. OK, so maybe that is treading on the border of “creepy old man” territory, but as a whole it’s worth no more breath than a few jokes on Twitter at Brent’s expense. Alas, the New York Times didn’t see things that way. The Old Gray Lady was so offended that you think she’s old and gray that she came out guns blazing against Musburger, apparently interpreting what he said thusly: Oh man, look at that **** AJ McCarron is slammin’. Katherine Webb. Pure **** and ass. Boy, Herbie, the things I would do if I could bend her over. She’s going into my spank bank for sure. The NYT piece — not written by a man, as you might guess — contained a gem of a quote from Sue Carter, a journalism professor at Michigan State Glorified Community College. “It’s extraordinarily inappropriate to focus on someone’s looks,” Carter said, apparently ignoring the fact that as a beauty pageant contestant Webb has built her entire living on her looks. Clearly showing no understanding of how sports broadcasts work, particularly in blowout games, she went on to say “In this instance, the appearance of the quarterback’s girlfriend had no bearing on the outcome of the game. It’s a major personal violation, and it’s so retrograde that it’s embarrassing.” Professors are expected to get on ridiculous high horses, so I suppose I can live with Carter’s views. But when Deadspin — home of athlete dong pics — becomes a moral arbiter, things just get hilarious. “For Brent Musburger to find this woman attractive is normal,” Deadspin editor Timothy Burke told the Times. “For him to assert that every man should, and that every boy should try to be a football hero to get such a gorgeous woman, is where it is really not a good thing for me.” Good call, Timothy Burke. We should all aspire to be bloggers so we can get ugly women with horrible breath and crooked teeth. Also, terrible flatulence. Why give in to what biology dictates to us? Truth be told, if it was up to me we would never see another player’s girlfriend or wife on another sports telecast in my lifetime. I got more than enough of that nonsense when Brady Quinn’s sister dated AJ Hawk and they showed her every other play. But as much as I loathe the showing of wives and girlfriends, the uproar over Musburger’s comments is even worse. And no one is more cognizant of this than Katherine Webb herself. “It was kind of nice,” she told the Associated Press on Tuesday. “I didn’t look at it as creepy at all. For a woman to be called beautiful, I don’t see how that’s an issue.” She shouldn’t. With over 100,000 Twitter followers flocking to her and the inevitable reality show deal coming her way, Musburger’s comments were the best thing that ever could have happened to her.
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