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Brent Musburger: Did he cross the creepy-old-man line?

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There are plenty of you out there who’ve been ready to kick Brent Musburger to the curb for years.

You say he’s biased. Grating. Senile. Or worst.

I largely ignore such talk about broadcasters because usually fans find fault with every national broadcaster; they never have enough love for the team that you love. So every time I hear people talk about Musburger, the ABC broadcaster, I just let it roll off my back.

But now, I’m beginning to wonder.

Musburger crossed into creepy-old-man land Monday night during the BCS national championship game. Alabama was already up by two touchdowns in a game that the Crimson Tide would roll to victory in, ABC was apparently looking for ways to pass the time. So as quarterback A.J. McCarron and the Alabama offense took possession of the ball again, ABC cut to a picture of an attractive young woman in Alabama crimson. I’ll let Musburger take it from there.

Musburger: “You see that lovely lady there — she does go to Auburn, I will admit that — but she’s also Miss Alabama and that’s A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, OK? And right there on the right, that’s Dee Dee Bonner, that’s A.J.’s mom.”

(Slightly awkward pause.)

Musburger (to color analyst and former quarterback Kirk Herbstreit): “Wow, I’m telling you, you quarterbacks, you get all the good-lookin’ woman. Aw, that’s …. ”

(Another pause, this one even more awkward.)

Musburger: “What a beautiful woman.”

Herbstreit: “Wow. A.J.’s doin’ … ”

Musburger: “Whoa!”

Herbstreit: ” … some things right down in Tuscaloosa.”

Musburger: “So, if you’re a youngster in Alabama, start gettin’ the football out and throw it around the backyard.”

All that was missing was a “Hubba hubba!” and a wolf whistle.

Geez, does ABC and its sister network ESPN not realize that about half of the viewing audience consists of women and that long lingering shots of girlfriends with uncomfortable announcers’ commentary aren’t exactly endearing? I’m not saying that Musburger needs to be fired over this — though some of you might suggest that this is the final nail in a coffin that already has plenty of nails — but someone needs to sit him down and remind him that he’s broadcasting football, not the Miss Universe pageant.

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Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›