It was bad enough watching the national championship football blowout last night without having the added emotional insult (yes I know my Irish lost) of hearing a 73-year-old man verbally grope a 23-year-old beauty queen.
For those who missed it, Brent “Woody” (I didn’t make that up) Musburger, who is supposed to provide intelligent “sports analysis” to the game instead found it necessary to engage his co-hort, a much younger Kirk Herbstreit in the following “analysis” after the camera found a very striking Katherine Webb, the reigning Miss Alabama and girlfriend of Alabama quarterback, A.J. McCarron in the stands:
“You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women,” Musburger said. “What a beautiful woman.”
“Wow!” Herbstreit said.
“Whoa!” Musburger chimed in.
“A.J.’s doing some things right down in Tuscaloosa.” Herbstreit said.
“If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pop,” Musburger said.
All I can say is GROSS!!!
Obviously, there are many people at fault here. First, I’ve noticed in all my years of watching football (when I do) that cameramen have an uncanny ability to focus in on some woman they think is “hot” and we spend half the game watching her do whatever it is good looking women do while watching football. If it’s not a cheerleader, it’s some innocent woman who probably got dragged to the game by her boyfriend. Is searching out these women in the job description? Then there is Kirk Herbstreit. I’m not giving him a pass either. Read his comments again. Totally inappropriate.
Still, I thought Musburger was supposed to be the great Hall of Fame sportscaster. Instead, he came across as a letch. While he was supposed to be calling touchdowns (and sadly for me Alabama had lots of them), he seemed more interested in possible pat downs. Ms. Webb could be his granddaughter! Have some respect! I certainly didn’t tune in to watch some gross old geezer gawk and make icky comments about the hotness of a young girl, who also, by the way, was sitting next to her boyfriend’s mother. (I also didn’t tune in to watch a blow out, but that’s another story.)
Mr. Creepyburger really should consider retiring NOW! Then he can leer at unsuspecting young women on his own time. ESPN needs to find new talent. Surely, they can do better than this. I’m backing Rob Lafary for the job. A sportscaster from my hometown in Indiana, he’d be awesome. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobLafary.
In the meantime, ESPN should put in an order for a gold watch for Mr. Musburger. His prime is definitely past him.