I was fascinated as this story began to blow up … and now I’m just shaking my head.
Apparently, it’s not OK that quarterbacks get the cute girls. No, wait, that’s not it. That’s OK. Maybe. I’m not sure.
But now I know it’s not OK to SAY that quarterbacks get the cute girls.
Please allow me to start at the beginning, for those of you too busy to devote your full attention to this incredibly important news story.
There was a big football game Monday night … NCAA’s BCS championship for college football. Big deal. Notre Dame vs. Alabama.
The game blew out quickly … Alabama went up 14-0 in the first quarter. And, it was at that point that ESPN showed a shot in the grandstands of the Alabama quarterback’s mother and girlfriend. (You can watch the video segment through several of the links below.) The announcers — Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit — explained that Katherine Webb was not only quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, but she was also a graduate of Auburn (Alabama’s arch rival!) and the reigning Miss Alabama.
Then there were a couple of comments in the “she’s gorgeous!” category. Musburger did warm to the topic, and stated that young men all over Alabama would be aspiring to be a quarterback just like McCarron so they could have a beautiful girlfriend, too.
’nuff said, right? Quarterback, beautiful girl. Got it. Oh, and she’s sitting with McCarron’s Mom, so I thought she must be a nice girl.
The twitterverse then blew up. By the end of the telecast, Ms. Webb had gained 130,000+ followers — more than her boyfriend. But … he had just won a national championship! Is there no justice???
Today, lots of buzz about the beautiful girl who was on ESPN’s coverage, and the comments made by Musburger.
Now, I must admit that I didn’t react to Musburger’s comments as I watched the game. I mean … he said that quarterbacks get the pretty girls. He was talking to his partner, Kirk Herbstreit, who is both a former quarterback and married to a lovely former cheerleader. I am aware of many quarterbacks that either date or are married to pretty girls. Don’t we all know that the quarterback is supposed to date the head cheerleader in high school? That’s what they told me on Glee, after all, and I always believe Glee.
Why get upset?
But OH MY GOSH. I forgot that Mr. Musburger said something that may be true, but it would be politically incorrect to say so. Quarterbacks mustn’t desire pretty girls because they are pretty. The SB Nation post, below, explains this point in excruciating detail. Quarterbacks must desire inner beauty above all else, and to say otherwise is to objectify women on national television.
And that would be wrong. So ESPN issued an apology today.
When ESPN stops showing cheerleaders during sports broadcasts, I’ll know their apology was sincere.
Katherine Webb has spoken publicly: she has no problem with Brent Musburger and his comments about her at the BCS National Championship game. As she succinctly put it, “what woman wouldn’t want to be called gourgeous?”
Here’s a link to an article + video.