That explains the hostility.

Like most of us, Ron Franklin is contemptuous of sideline reporters.  Unlike most of us, Ron Franklin has the opportunity to express his contempt directly.

Longtime ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was pulled off ESPN’s Saturday Fiesta Bowl radio broadcast by ESPN executives after an incident involving the veteran broadcaster and ESPN-TV sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards.

Scheduled to work on the ESPN-TV broadcast of the Chick-fil-A Bowl Friday, Franklin and Edwards were part of a production meeting before the game that was also attended by ESPN announcers Ed Cunningham and Rod Gilmore. During the meeting, the subject of Gilmore’s wife Marie being elected Alameda (CA) mayor came up.

As Gilmore, Cunningham and Franklin discussed the subject, Edwards tried to join the conversation.

When she did, Franklin said to her, “Why don’t you leave this to the boys, sweetcakes.”

Edwards responded to Franklin by saying, “don’t call me sweetcakes, I don’t like being talked to like that.

Franklin then said, “okay then, a–hole.

After the meeting Edwards reported Franklin’s comments to ESPN management.

Pretty snappy comeback there.

I’m sure this will be compared to the earlier incident Franklin had with Holly Rowe which got him in trouble at the WWL, but the difference here is that this was an off-air incident.  Indeed, it’s a credit to the professionalism of Franklin and Edwards that there was no apparent on-air hangover from the incident during the bowl game broadcast.

Of course, it’ll be interesting to see how ESPN deals with Franklin, given its strong record in reacting to inappropriate comments by its broadcasters.

Back to you, guys.


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29 responses to “That explains the hostility.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    And don’t forget Mike Patrick, whose on air comments about Mike Leach my be directly responsible for a big payment by ESPN to Leach.


  2. gastr1

    So is he contemptuous of sideline reporters or just women in general?


  3. Bryant Denny

    Dear Uncle Ron, please chill. With behavior like this we’ll never again see you in SEC country on a Saturday night.

    On a side note, “sweekcakes?” Really? How old is Ron? I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone use that word in public in a sentence.


  4. The Realist

    He would be better served just saying, “STFU, Veronica Corningstone.”


  5. Macallanlover

    If I were Ron, I would be concerned about a confrontation with Holly, she looks to have him by about 30 lbs.


  6. Bobby Bowden

    like a woman…


  7. Will Trane

    ESPN. I like them telecasting the games. But come on men. ESPN needs to be honest here. How many of those sideline reporters are actually “eye candy”. Now think about those guys in the booth. They do not look like they rolled off GQ.
    And how many times do we have to hear about the Big 10, aka partner of ESPN, from the game day crew guys. Here again ESPN needs to be honest. We just love the Big 10 commissioner and all his little agents on our broadcast team. In signing off from the sidelines…just how many times does a SEC team have to kick a Big 10 team’s ass in a bowl before they get some guys from the SEC.


    • Go Dawgs!

      Uh, the SEC is also a partner of ESPN. A bigger partner in fact. The Big Ten has a competing network. The SEC farmed their “network” out to ESPN.


  8. Bulldog Joe

    This explains why Ron doesn’t do the big games anymore.

    If Mike Tirico can turn it around, Ron can too.


  9. This is why vapid idiots like Jeannine Edwards shouldn’t even be involved in football broadcasts.


  10. austintwo


    She’s pretty good looking.


  11. Hobnail_Boot

    Don’t forget Dana Jacobson’s drunken anti-Notre Dame rants either. She still seems to be enjoying her ESPN employment.


  12. By Georgia We Did It

    I belive it was the Weird Al comedy UHF that said…..”Broads don’t belong in Broadcasting!”


  13. lucifer

    Pretty sure he was going to say “sweet tits” but decided that would sound chauvinistic.


  14. The hypocrisy. Women are happy to get involved publicly with sports in which not one is involved in any active capacity (going so far as invading the locker rooms), and yet cry foul when they’re treated no differently than how they would be in that world. Jeannine Edwards. Who? What experience or background does she have that supports any public involvement with male sports? Is the only reason she is even commenting on TV about this sport not due solely because of her gender?


  15. Normaltown Mike

    Is she one of the aliens in “V”?


  16. Russ

    Gee, I’m probably as old or older than most posters here, and I’ll put my conservatism up against just about anybodies, but “sweetcakes”? Really Ron? How about join the 90’s. Given his history with Holly Rowe, I guess he just doesn’t give a crap and is looking to get fired.