Musburger gets it on: the game sucked, but the girlfriend was hot.

A brief primer on the other story from the title game, in the form of five questions:

  • Was Katherine Webb’s presence at the title game noteworthy?  As an Auburn student rooting for her Alabama quarterback boyfriend, sure.
  • Was there anything wrong with commenting on Webb’s appearance?  She’s a former Miss Alabama.  It’s kind of hard not to notice.  Herbstreit’s “A J’s doing some things right” comment struck the correct, brief and witty tone about that.
  • Was Musburger’s commentary too pervy?  Put it this way:  spoken while knocking back a couple of cold ones with the guys in private, nobody cares.  It’s just typical horndog talk.  But coming from a 70-something dispensing love advice to the teenaged forlorn during a football broadcast heard by millions, yeah, it was cringeworthy.
  • Given ESPN’s firing of Ron Franklin for a couple of sexist comments, was the network a bit hypocritical issuing this lame-ass apology for Musburger’s comments?  Do I really even need to answer that question?
  • Was this inevitable?  Sadly, yes.

As for this, just shoot me.


UPDATE:  Mr. Conventional Wisdom gets the penultimate observation…

… but it’s Josh Kendall for the win.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, General Idiocy, Political Wankery

117 responses to “Musburger gets it on: the game sucked, but the girlfriend was hot.

  1. Uglydawg

    He’s been creepy forever, IMHO. I think he was a local sportscaster on a local Atlanta station a zillion years ago. His history in Atlanta probably has something to do with his disdain for UGA. I hope he’s retired.

    • austintwo

      MusPerver has no Atlanta stops on his resume…btw, where are you getting that he disdains UGA?

      • Uglydawg

        I could be wrong, but I’ve grown to believe he does. Take a poll. I’ll bet most Dawg fans believe he does.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          +1. He makes anti-Dawg wisecracks and also damns the Dawgs with faint praise whenever possible. Exhibit A: When McCarron threw his first TD pass in the BCSNCG Muffburger snidely referred to how “Georgia knows all about that.”

  2. Irishdawg

    This is really a controversy? Musberger’s 128 years old; he commented on an undeniably beautiful woman. WHO THE FUCK CARES? We’ve become so mind numbingly politically correct that an old man can’t harmelessly comment on a beauty queen during a blow out football game. Was the girl offended? No? Then everyone who is getting outraged on her behalf needs to shut their sucks.

  3. Dorothy Mantooth

    Mary Pilon wrote that entire column just so she could use the word “heteronormative.” Mary, if that is the kind of word your friends and associates use to describe the broadcast you need to get out more.

    • RP

      The NYT article gives a nice view of what progressive acedemics and journalism elites think of people like us who enjoy football (and beutiful women). We’re just too male. Suprised no one took a shot at the south in any of those comments.

      • It’s Deadspin being offended that really cracks me up. Even the Times caught that.

      • gastr1

        I’ll tell what’s wrong with this: I’m in a culture of male academics that dismiss women in our field just for being women. If that happens in academia I know damn well it happens everywhere else.

        • gastr1

          (There is a very exclusionary groupthink that often happens when men are “men” together. Don’t tell me it’s not true, you know it is.)

          • Music City Dawg

            We don’t know what you’re referring to. If you were male, then we could discuss it.

            • gastr1

              I’ll clarify that, as I’m a man–straight, even–I saw it my own football-loving, misogynistic family growing up. Now I get to be part of a misogynistic department in my university. The great part is that, like narcissists, misogynists convince themselves that their outlook is normal behavior and above question or review.

              • gastr1

                (By the way, I am not suggesting that football-loving and woman-hating are somehow causally linked. They were just very pronounced aspects of my own family. I like to think I kept the football-loving part and learned how not to act from the other.)

  4. TennesseeDawg

    “You are looking LIVE at me ogling AJ McCarron’s girlfriend…..”

  5. Irishdawg

    And Rush Limbaugh’s right, by the way; it’s disturbing when people are up in arms about an old man commenting on a young woman but no one gives a shit when an attention starved Z list celebrity mimics blowing a guy on a New Year’s Eve show.

  6. Irishdawg

    What does that have to do with Kathy Griffin’s crass behavior? Other than obvious snark? Is it not noteworthy that more people are offended by what Musberger said than what she did?

    • First off, how do you know which item has offended more people?

      Second, since when does one party’s behavior mitigate another’s?

      BTW, neither’s behavior was criminal in nature, which is more than we can say for Limbaugh.

      • Gravidy

        “BTW, neither’s behavior was criminal in nature, which is more than we can say for Limbaugh.”

        Yeah, well, uhh…maybe. But that isn’t the point, is it? At least Rush’s comment was applicable to the subject at hand, which is more than we can say about your decision to drag Limbaugh into this.

        • cube

          Yeah, Limbaugh didn’t drag himself into this at all.

        • Limbaugh dragged himself into it… or didn’t you click on the last link in the post?

          • Gravidy

            To respond to you and Cube above… After I reread what I wrote, I realized I had not gotten my point across at all. Forgive me. Let me try again. My problem was not that you mentioned Limbaugh (or ‘dragged him into it’, as I so artfully stated). My problem was that, through your link and your “shoot me” comment, you suggested that Limbaugh should be disqualified from mentioning it because he got caught with a bottle of Viagra pills at an airport several years ago. I disagree with that. As another poster said earlier, we get it. You don’t like Limbaugh. There are many other more applicable ways you could go after him without getting an argument from me, but he has a point on this one.

      • Music City Dawg

        “Second, since when does one party’s behavior mitigate another’s?”

        And you immediately follow that with…..

        “BTW, neither’s behavior was criminal in nature, which is more than we can say for Limbaugh.”

        C’mon Senator. Give us all a damn break. You don’t like Limbaugh. We get it. But who gives a s@#% about the Musberger comment. Nothing wrong with it.

        • Except I’m not arguing Limbaugh mitigates the others… just that he’s the last one who should be opining on the sexual mores of other entertainers.

          • He didn’t opine on their sexual mores in their private life.

            He opined on what they did intentionally on camera on national television.

            I’m not a fan of Rush, but his viagra thing happened in his personal life.

            • So what. How does that make him any less hypocritical on the subject?

              And once you get arrested, it ain’t your personal life anymore.

              • Keese

                C’mon senator. Rush gets caught with Viagra and the media makes a big deal out of it. Entirely different than Kathy Griffin pulling some stunt on Nstional TV vs Munsberger.

                People purposely tune into Rush and other shock jocks. Another thing for someone watching regular TV and cultural disparities

                • I wasn’t comparing Limbaugh to Musburger, merely shaking my head on Rush excusing somebody else’s horndoggery.

                  And as to his specific point, as I listened to Musburger slobber over Webb, was I supposed to say to myself “oh, that’s okay, because Kathy Griffin simulated fellatio on TV the other night”? Give me a break.

                  Rush is a clown, but his followers should admit that there’s just as much political correctness on the right as there is on the left.

                  • H-Town Dawg

                    That’s asinine. Being a lawyer you can appreciate that fancy word. It also happens to be entirely accurate.

  7. Irishdawg

    Which incident is all over the news? Griffin’s actions have barely warranted a chirp out of the media, while everyone is painting Musberger as some dirty old man.

    Someone making a mistake 4 years ago doesn’t mean they are ineligible to comment on cultural events from that point forward. I don’t even listen to Rush that often, but I recognize a valid point when I see one.

    • Griffin’s actions have barely warranted a chirp out of the media, while everyone is painting Musberger as some dirty old man.

      Perhaps that’s because Musburger’s action occurred on a bigger stage.

      And I still don’t see how Griffin’s sleaziness impacts what Musburger said. Unless your point is that the general media is as hypocritical as Rush Limbaugh is. Now there’s a shocker.

      • gastr1

        Kathy Griffin is a comedian. Her schtick is satire.

      • NRBQ

        Hypocritical, you say? I’m astounded:

        “Before his own problems became public, Limbaugh had decried drug use and abuse and mocked President Clinton for saying he had not inhaled when he tried marijuana. He often made the case that drug crimes deserve punishment.

        “Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. … And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up.”

        This, of course, was before we found out about his Oxycontin habit. He was “sent up” for a couple weeks in a cushy rehab.

  8. AthensHomerDawg

    My wife is a successful professional in a very male dominated field. She thought Musburger was silly and bordered on unprofessional. She felt he embarrassed himself and his wife. However, she was not as understanding about the Ms Grffin “pawing” of Anderson Cooper at all.
    As for myself Musburger should just know better at this point in his career and at this point in his life.

    • Debby Balcer

      +1 as a woman I thought his fawning over both McCarron’s mother and girl friend was unprofessional. He didn’t even mention McCarron’s father being there. The Griffin story is like her disgusting. Midnight on New Year’s eve is not an adult only viewing time. I wish people would stop giving her screen time she has no talent.

  9. Spike

    We live in the United States of the Offended.

    • Cojones

      What about the female cheerleaders (“Song” Girls to be correct) who delight us at male sports games? Do we have to stop oglin….watching them?

      Oh, The Humanity!

  10. Irishdawg

    My point is comparing Musberger’s comments to Griffin’s faux fellatio is like comparing a fender bender to a 3 car pile up; Musberger meant no harm in what he said, while Griffin engaged in a tacky attention whoring act on live television for the sole purpose of shocking people. Yet it’s Musberger that is getting grief over it, while Griffin gets a general pass. It’s not like Musberger said,”Would you check out the rack on McCarron’s girlfriend”; he commented on her looks like millions of other old men do. Griffin pretended GOING DOWN ON A GUY ON TV. I don’t think I’m so out of line for thinking one is much worse than the other

    • Krautdawg

      No one’s calling you out, Irish. You’re arguing that what Griffith did was objectively more outrageous than what Musberger did. That’s fine; I just wouldn’t call Mr. Limbaugh as a bolstering witness.

      Personally, I think that Musberger simply forgot the stage he was on. College football, especially in the SEC, is a pageant with defined roles. Musberger simply said one of the Things You Can’t Say as an older gentleman with a microphone looking at a young Southern lady. Stupid perhaps, but if you want to be college football’s public personality you get to deal with these things. Herbie, on the other hand, knows how to keep the young ‘uns buttering his … bread(?) for years to come.

      • Darrron Rovelll

        How does a Musburger – a 40 year veteran of tv broadcasting, someone who has broadcast the top events at nearly every level of professional and amateur sports – simply forget what stage he was on? No Musburger was fully aware what stage he was on and he did it anyway because he thinks that he is bigger than the event and beyond reproach.

    • Gravidy

      You are 100% correct, Irish. Sadly, perspective is lacking on this issue. The injection of politics into a situation will do that. Reactions typically fall along the lines of whose ox is being gored.

  11. Brandon

    I detest Musberger as a commentator, I often watch a game on mute to spare my ears of his faux dramatic prattling. I happend to be listening at the time of this “contraversy” mainly to hear his pain over ND’s poor performance and I must say this whole

    • Brandon

      …Issue is overblown. If he had said “what a set she has on her” I would understand the outrage but this seems a little overzealous in a world where we have tolerated a President consorting with interns while on the phone with world leaders etc.

      • Cojones

        Why would the word “set” outrage anyone? The “set” could be bought and paid for and the manufacturer (I was going to abbreviate mfg, but it could be constued as offensive) would be proud to claim them.

        Did anyone see the bit about the company that had the road name where they are building changed from “Morning Glory Road” because of a sexual connotation? Seems that some have referred to early morning male arousal as a “Morning Glory”. Never heard it before and I’m sure those city planners who named the street first never heard of it either. Why should a perfectly beautiful vine flower with wonderful smell in the morning be replaced in meaning by a new connotation. No wonder us potheads don’t name our children “Mary Jane”. meh.

        • Cojones

          I guess it’s out of the question now for a President intending to visit another a country to say “I’m Coming!”

  12. Doug

    Ask yourself this: What if, say, Samantha Steele[-Ponder] had been down there on the sideline gushing over how hot AJ McCarron was? Or how nice Manti Te’o’s glutes looked? How soon do you think it’d be before we saw another female reporting from the sideline — you think it’d happen in the next 10 years?

    Musburger is hardly history’s greatest monster, but jeez, dude, take it down a notch — you’re a professional broadcaster at the most important football game of the season, not a construction worker hollering at girls on the sidewalk. And while you’re at it, act like you’ve seen an attractive female before. Aren’t you on college campuses all the time?

    • Brandon

      I have heard numerous female reporters/pundits/tv personalities comment positively on president obama’s looks and there has been no reaction at all. I have no problem with their being a standard it just needs to be equally applied. Personally I think we should give people the benefit of the doubt when their comments can reasonably be construed as benign. If we want to go the full metal jacket politcallt correct route fine we just need the rules as to what you can and can’t say to be clearly set forth and then equally enforced regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual preference or whatever.

      • Cojones

        Pretty soon we will include pronouns in this sensitivity contest, but I’ve already provided my all inclusive list when it comes to other people judging what my faux pas pronoun usage words are :

        he or she/it.

        Sometimes I get all international and just say “Pome d’ Rue”. Yes, it’s incorrect, but I’m only referring to one Road Apple.

  13. SCDawg

    How come no one brings up the point that what Musburger said had very little to do with the game? Can’t a play by play announcer do just that? Instead, we have to show some kid’s parents or girlfriends all through the game. How about just calling the damn game-give the the down and distance and shut up otherwise.

  14. Ginny

    My issue with this situation is that she is an Auburn grad cheering for her Bama bf. That’s just wrong on so many levels. I would NEVA date a UF or GT grad. I don’t care how amazing or good-looking he is. I have morals, you know.

    • I, for one, appreciate that.😉

      • Uglydawg

        Not me. I’d date the hottest girl at UF in a New York minute (if I was young and single..I’m neither). GT is a whole ‘nother ballgame…not because of my level of hate for the Jackets, but because I suspect their hotties aren’t so hot.

        • Debby Balcer

          Since I have a GT grad(girl) in the family I will tell you are wrong there. My daughter would tell you the odds are good at GT and the goods are odd.

        • Brandon

          Agree Uglydawg, I did date a girl who went to Florida once, had no problem with it whatsoever, we broke it off before late October also, worked out pretty well. I note that the original comment was from “Ginny” and with all due respect to Ginny I presume she’s a woman and they have more restraint, I think any young single man who says he would kick a hot girl out of bed just for being a UF grad needs to work on being honest with himself.

          • Cojones

            Does that go for just casual blow jobs as well?

            Just can’t get over Uglydawg being apologetic because his playful opinion may upset a female who is participating in this conversation by her own volition. Two standards are being applied here by the posters and it’s downright delicious to see them approximate what happened to Musburgers quotes. It’s a living experience of …well…a living experience.

            Did anyone remember why Bob Hope was thrown off radio? He defined “a Fisherman’s Paradise” as a weekend on Veronica Lake (one of the sultriest and sexiest movie stars at that time). Sexual innuendo abounds since Eve first saw Adam w/o his fig leaf and asked where the snake had gone. Appreciation of women is not enhanced by getting your cojones caught in the revolving door of social correctness nor by women “getting their tits caught in a wringer”. Quotations are used here in deference to the Attorney General who made a similar quote over the phone as a threat to a female news figure when informed that Nixon had been implicated in Watergate. My point is that sexual humor and appreciation of the fairer sex should not devolve to keeping your wit shut just because someone has no sense of humor. Hell, I’m still trying to reconcile that I was sprinkled and not fully immersed when baptised and am going to hell for it according to my Baptist classmates in jr high.

            And the “Roadhouse” quote by Patrick Swasey ,”Opinions vary.” seems appropriate at this point in the ogling discussion.

            • Uglydawg

              My apology was for insinutating all girls at GT are less than desirable. I don’t apologize for saying I’d nail them, regardless of who they “root” (forgive me, Cojones, I just couldn’t resist it) for. The worst I’ve ever had was wonderful!

              • Debby Balcer

                I got they what you apologized land unappreciated quiet. Thanks for your class.

                • Debby Balcer

                  I should have posted from the computer instead of my kindle. I meant to see I appreciated the apology. You are a classy gentleman, Uglydawg. Conjones did you really have to go there.

                • Dog in Fla

                  It doesn’t get any classier this, “I don’t apologize for saying I’d nail them….The worst I’ve ever had was wonderful!”🙂

    • cube

      She made a bidness decision. He is the best gravy train available right now.

      • Macallanlover

        His stock definitely went up on Monday, consider this old observer swayed for the first time by his performance, but the guy who made the most money in that game was Lacy. He has no reason to come back after that perfomance, and it isn’t like he will be leaving them short of running backs.

        • cube

          Let me rephrase that. He was the best gravy train available to her at the time they met that would also not make her look like a total gold digger (just a partial gold digger).

    • JC

      +1. This.

      I had a life rule while at UGA: If I can’t find a wonderful woman to date/marry here, then I don’t deserve one. There would never be a Techster or FL girl in my home. Book it.

      • CLT Dawg

        I made my wife change OBs during her 1st pregnancy because I went to the 1st appointment & the Dr had 2 UF diplomas on her wall. Can’t have my kid being handled by a person that can’t make better decisions than that.

  15. Macallanlover

    It is hard to believe there is even a debate about this. I am for almost anything that would get Musberger out of the booth but this is beyond silly, it is disgusting. His remarks were not inappropriate to anyone but the overly sensitive control Nazis. Regardless of the NYT’s support of such efforts, including finding (shockingly) a supportive voice in academia for such trivial matters, nature will prevail and most humans will continue to recognize there is a difference between men and women. It may be regulated by our over zealous government, but interaction between the sexes will go on forever. If Brent had sought her phone number on national TV, or asked Herbie to go get his little blue pills from his hotel room, then ESPN/ABC might owe someone an apology. Ms Webb shows a lot more intelligence and class in her handling of this instance than all others involved. (Damn it is hard to take a pro-Musberger stance.) We have become a weeny nation in so many ways, and our slide is far from over.

    • It may be regulated by our over zealous government, but interaction between the sexes will go on forever.

      Please continue, governor.

      • Cojones

        I’ll be your campaign mgr. “Smoke’em if you got’em” could be a campaign slogan for legalization…..No? …..Not in Georgia?…but I thought we had come a long way and two states voted casual use….No?….Devil Weed ain’t going to make it in Georgia? OK, maybe it wasn’t a good idea after all.

    • Music City Dawg


    • Darrron Rovelll

      Musburger has been around long enough and had enough dust-ups of one kind or the other that he should have been aware to not tread in that sort of territory, especially with a game of this magnitude and size of audience. But typical to his history Musburger coudn’t help himself. Because, Musburger has never met a microphone and spotlight he didn’t like.

      His comments were creepy and his producer should have told him to knock it off but everyone on the ESPN crew was in shock due to the blowout.

      What I find offensive is people running to his defense and using some sort of political, “Big Brother”-ish rhetoric to frame this as a debate between liberals and conservatives. Musburger has been a top-level national broadcaster for 40-ish years and he doesn’t need Rush Limbaugh or Tony Barnhart defending him.

      He is a guy who compared John Carlos and Tommie Smith to the Nazi’s and he has never apologized for it. Gentlemen who used one of the world’s most popular sporting events to protest discrimination and inequality but Musburger found THAT offensive and still does to this day. Musburger shows off his dirty old man side and his employer apologizes and people think the apology is the is out of line!

  16. cube

    My problem with Musburger during that game was his obvious rooting interest for Notre Dame. He almost wet himself when they called interference on that punt return. Then looked like a total moron when their ref on staff came on and told him it was the correct call. Just one example.

    Herbie had the same problem to a lesser degree. The guy is an asshat.

  17. Irishdawg

    You know, Thom Brenneman’s comments about Tim Tebow 4 years ago were MUCH creepier than anything Musberger said

    • Doug

      Yeah, gotta agree with you there.

    • AthensHomerDawg

      I forgot just what it was Thom said so I found it. Fun clip over lunch while chained to your station. He should stick to baseball. But the Gruden quote I stumbled across while searching for the TB comment made me scratch my head. Why all the love for Chuckie???? He is suppose to be some kinda qb wizard? Not really.
      The Dali Teebo is………
      “He’s like Brandon Jacobs playing quarterback. He’s 250 pounds. He’s the strongest human being who’s ever played the position. Ever. He will kick the living [expletive] out of a defensive lineman. He’ll fight anybody. He is rare. Tebow is the kind of guy who could revolutionize the game. He’s the ‘wildcat’ who can throw. Most of the teams that have the wildcat back there, it’s Ronnie Brown, it’s Jerious Norwood, it’s whoever you want to say it is. This guy here is 250 pounds of concrete cyanide, man. And he can throw. He throws well enough at any level to play quarterback.”
      WOW! Who knew?

  18. JoeDawg

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Brent Musberger do essentially the same thing with Jenn Sterger seven years ago, propelling her to minor stardom and eventually reception of Brett Favre dick pics? So why the outrage now, but not then?

  19. Macallanlover

    Why is there no outrage over Notre Dame faking their way into a coveted spot in the BCS finale? That was the most offensive part of Monday night to CFB fans. They couldn’t even give a good performance of acting like a contender, and they cost that poor LB a bunch of cash in the upcoming draft.

    • Uglydawg

      As the game progerssed, the talk became all about Alabama and how excellent they are, blah, blah….it seemed to me that there was a great effort to avoid or circumvent any discussion of Notre Dame’s exposed mediocrity. It was the invisable elephant in the room. Not to worry, though. Notre Dame will get another chance to wow the world soon enough.

  20. Will Trane

    Now what if McCarron went off on Musburger like he did on friend and center Jones? What if he just beat the hell out of him for that?
    I’d like to McCarron drill him for it. The northeast media types and some like Gannett think there are no boundaries re class and character or fairness and even-handness. I did listent to Herbie and Brentie for the game. Could not dial up Eli Gold who calls the Bama games. Even though I think Munson was the best and I miss that man, Eli does a very good job. Like his trade mark call “Touchdown Alabama”!
    ESPN is what you can get at your local convenience check line / register. His comments were inappropriate. After all their darling school was getting the freaking dog crap kicked out them. That was not a BCS game. Notre Dame was one very over-rated team and there courtesy of Holtz and Company. Their 2012 game history was to give up long drives, but stop teams in the red zone. Well, Bama had answer for that. Bama was so damn basic in that game it was unreal. A one back set and no power except inside the 10. Bama flat put a hat on them and drove their little ass in the ground! How many drives did Bama make in that game over 70 yards.
    Bama took the Irish alleged legendary defense and used it against them. Brillant!!! But Herbie and Brentie could only lust after Bama star QBs mother and girlfrined. They did not do that for any Irish player. Why? Perhaps they were all ugly as sin. And perhaps those two could not understand the game.
    Next time I will use the mute button on my sets.

    • Music City Dawg

      Will Trane. How dare you mention Eli boring Gold in the same sentence as Munson. You were too passionate about alabama in your post to just be a passing SEC fan. Get over the bama mythology.

      “what if McCarron went off on Musburger like he did on friend and center Jones?”

      McCarron was an asshat for going after Jones. McCarron looked like a spoiled little school girl that didn’t get her way when Jones audibled. Stomping his feet and throwing his hands down. Embarassing. I would love to have seen Jones beat the crap out of that whiny QB.

  21. Mike Cooley

    Well take a look at what is on prime time television now. We are a rude, crude bunch of people here in this country. And we have seemingly lost any grip on common sense that we might have had. Just because you have the right to show something doesn’t mean you should. But sadly I’m very much in the minority. Where sleeze is concerned people have somehow decided that showing more of it on TV is indicative of progress of all things.

  22. What was missed in all of this politically correct bullshit was Manti Teo’s miserable portrayal of an award winning linebacker. It’s a damned shame that he missed that tipped ball that would have added to his legacy as an interception machine.

    Now to the point. Ms. Webb is a pretty hot chick. I, for one, would bang her like a brass door knocker on a Nevada whorehouse. The same could be said for AJ’s mom.

    Now considering my statement, the question is a simple one………..Is Red Blackman a disgusting, misogynistic perv or just an honest red blooded American male that appreciates hot chicks?

    And for the record, I found this Chris Matthews comment on listening to Bronco Bama’s speech to be more disturbing than anything discussed here………….

    “My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.”

    C’mon, man…………….

    • Cojones

      Fuckin’ a, Red.

      • Uglydawg

        Ah, but Manti recieved kudos from Brenny for just being near where the tipped rock hit the earth. Apparantly, just being within five or six yards of a football hitting the ground make you a living, breathing idol.
        I guess that’s the best they could come up with for him.

    • Jim Diamond

      Damn that was funny Red

  23. 69Dawg

    The collective world went to hell with the advent of the 24/7 news cycle. There is just not enough real news to satisfy the cycle so all the networks and real news outlets have to become “Inside Edition” or “TMZ”. There used to be a difference between the New York Times and the National Enquirer, now not so much.

    • Cojones

      Yeah, it’s all gone to hell in a handbasket. The next thing we will see the voyeurs print is atrocious comments by our country’s leaders; like the Speaker of the House telling the Senate Majority Leader ,” Go fuck yourself ! “. I’ll believe it when I see it. The Family Values Party would never do such a thing. They would risk being called monumental hypocrits. The next thing they will be telling us is that they will attempt to shut the govt down because they lost the ’08 and ’12 elections; or not voting money for Sandy family victims even though their representatives are in the same party.

      Yep, those social correctness people do get around in their zeal to judge others. The next thing we will get is someone telling us here that “cock-suckingBarners” is not one word. That would be like your tranny friend not appreciating your barroom language because he is a she now.

      Boy, Bluto, you stepped into some socio-political shitpiles, didn’t you.

    • Darrron Rovelll

      Okay but what person/entity is most responsible for the “tabloidization” of the American News Media? I don’t think the name is Sulzberger.

      • Gravidy

        No, Sulzberger just made it OK to tell only one side of the story. Modern news organizations are merely following the trail he blazed. Sure, most still only tell one side of the story, but there are a hell of a lot more outlets now, and they aren’t all on the same side anymore. Is it perfect? Hell no, but it is quite an improvement.

  24. Bryant Denny

    I, for one, am happy there was no referencing of family trees during Musberger’s rambling.

  25. Will Trane

    If I was the QB wanted the ball snapped when I needed it snapped as the play clock was running down, wanting to avoid a penalty to stop the clock, or to keep my center from snapping the ball too soon and there was a gift turnover to ND in my red zone, trying to run down the play clock & the game clock, points on the board, wanting to get out of the game, I’d think I could get my center’s attention on the next play. But McCarron is a very good QB and player, and I bet he has a much better view of the play clock than the position his center is in. Not too hard to figure that out.
    As for Musburger and those who like to run up into the bleachers during a game, here is a tip. Buy a damn ticket and sit there. Then you can check out all the eye candy you want. But here is a clue for Musburger, expect to get your ass smacked by the woman, her boyfriend, husband, or father. If that was daughter, I’d hunt your ass up if you felt that as an ESPN announcer you could talk about her absent her presence. Musburger is a coward and a very poor announcer. But what do you expect from ESPN.
    As for Eli Gold, he does a good job. As for Munson, I think I said he was the best. More than likely a man and a gentlemen like Munson would have the same view of Gold.

    • McCarron should not have shown up his center and acted the way he did. The game was in hand and he could have easily used a timeout. Jones should not have pushed McCarron. Plain and simple. The whole thing made for a very uncomfortable situation.

      From what little I know about Munson, he and Eli aren’t in the same class. Munson is a legend. However, I don’t have huge problems with Eli. He’s called some big games, has made some good calls and can do it until he retires as far as I’m concerned. I don’t think they’ll ask me, though.

      FWIW, Bama’s basketball announcer is very good. He’s mid-40s, but has an old-school style.

  26. Mike Cooley

    Oh jeez. I knew a lib would show up and excuse all their crap by saying, “Well…you do this…”

  27. Musbergers fawning over this beautiful lady is a hell of a lot less concerning than the Senators fawning over a mediocre football coach that couldnt coach his wasy out of a wet paper sack

    • AthensHomerDawg

      The words associated with the above post had to be from an equine proctology text because they were written by a horse’s A$&…………..

  28. JAX

    I fucking hate politically correct liberals. Hate them.