I was watching the wonderful game (remember the blogger is Alabama Law 1983!) Monday night and I heard the now infamous Brent Musberger comment about the girl-friend of the Crimson Tide quarterback. It was probably what we lawyers would call an excited utterance (where the event is talking through the person observing it):
Nevertheless, ESPN apologized Tuesday for things Musburger, 73, said about her, such as: “Wow, I’m telling you, quarterbacks: You get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman. Wow!”
While I prefer more of a Serena Williams look, I could understand the inspiration from this striking young woman. I am actually more offended about the implication that the athletes should get the pretty girls. My advice to all those ordinary guys out there is: Don’t start playing catch to become a leading quarterback. Be yourself. And don’t do what I did: Chase the girls that society decided were attractive and looked down my nose at the others. Big mistake! There’s lots of fine young ladies and you’ll discover that the so-called plain gal is a lot better looking when you get to know her better!
But back to Brent Musberger: Here‘s some piling on from ESPN:
“We always try to capture 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.”
Talk about throwing their guy under the bus! For what? Stating that an obviously attractive young woman is well, very attractive? Well, it is funny that the recipient of this gushing was not offended at all:
But not [Katherine] Webb, a former Miss Alabama, who said she was flattered by the attention.
“I’ve been reading on Twitter that Musburger had backlash that he’s ‘creepy,’ ” she told TMZ. “If I were to see him I would say, ‘I don’t think you’re creepy at all!’ “
I heard the comment and I have two (well nearly two) teenage daughters and I did not find it creepy. I think we have too much professionally offended people in our nation who need to stop finding fault and then raising it into a national issue. I think ESPN owes Musberger an apology; those who assumed it was a leer of an old man need to consider examining their own hearts or motives.