With Alabama crushing Notre Dame from the outset, ESPN desperately needs some way to keep viewers, and apparently their broadcasters, invested in the game. Enter A.J. McCarron's girlfriend, Miss Alabama Katherine Webb. Seeing Webb on screen gave Brent Musburger the most excitement he had seen in the first quarter.
"Wow you quarterbacks get all the good looking women, what a beautiful woman, whoa! If you're a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pops."
Sadly, it looks like this will be the most memorable moment of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. Jenn Sterger must be so jealous.
UPDATE: (Tuesday, 3:30 PM ET) ESPN has released a statement apologizing for Musburger's commentary saying the announcer went too far:
"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."
(video via cjzero)
You are one of those scary small minded individuals with those comments. You're an idiot!!
Bravo Dookiedrawers. That's what I have been saying. The bashers of what Brent said are so small minded individuals that it scares me to walk among them in public.
They are scarily ignorant people!!
Now come on!! There was nothing sexist about saying someone is attractive. Everytime Geroge comes on TV there is a lady saying he is attractive, so your arguement about ladies don't do that is empty. Its fun, don't make the world so mondane.
Paco N. Martinez sez: "Well, at LEAST they said something CLASSY:." like
Like "L@@K at the fun-bags on that hose-hound." (From Dumb & Dumber) or
"They could have said, I'd like to fill her full of luv lava."
Maybe this will stop networks from scanning the crowd for side stories during an event. This isn't TMZ. Real sports fans could care less about who is at the stadium. It's all about the game, keep the cameras on the field.
@Chuck Schick I completely disagree! Who wants to keep looking up the nostrils of a bunch of Neanderthals with overblown testosterone for 3 hours. Athletes(and I WAS one in 4 sports)are simply an exercise in boredom. Drunk and rowdy fans, some hot, some not, are just as entertaining. The most famous crowd catcher of all was the time during Monday Night Football the roving camera caught the middle finger of one protagonist and the "not skipping a beat" response from the late and great announcer Don Meredith. Pamela Anderson, young and without makeup, was discovered by the roving eye of one well tuned cameraman. The rest is history. MORE!!! I want more fan-in-the-stand "action." And, while I'm at it, ESPN are dorks concerning their "apology" about Brent's "time capsule worthy" eye catcher comment. Brent knocked it out of the park. Anyone who thinks otherwise, TAKE A DUMP!
It wasn't that he commented on her beauty. He sounded like a creepy dirty old man who maybe needs to give it up to some younger announcer. Tired of looking and listening to those dirty old men anyway.
After reading the comments, I can't help but note the double standard. While many of you think that Mr. Musburger's comments were nothing more than a compliment. I can't help but wonder what the comments would be if a female commentator went gaga over Mr. McCarron's good looks. Would she ever be taken seriously as a sportscaster again. Truth be told, a female sportscaster would more than likely be out a job if she made similar comments about a male athelete. . Why then, is it excusable behavior for a man? Maybe because sports broadcasting has been a "good old boys club." from the beginning. The question that begs to be answered is "Why does it matter if Mr. McCarron has a hot girlfriend or not"?. Where is the relevance to the game? There isn't any. Needless to say, Mr. Musburger's comments were sexest, unprofessional and unecessary. Stick to the job you were hired to do and leave your drool bucket at home.
ESPN, along with many other networks, often look for social, or personal storylines relating to players or coaches, that they can enhance the broadcast of the game with. McCarron's girlfriend is Miss Alabama. I think it's great that ESPN tries to give viewers little glimpses into the lives of student athletes. Musburger's comments were NOT sexest what-so-ever, they were NOT unprofessional, and he WAS hired to comment on the aforementioned relationship, as it was a scheduled part of the broadcast. Im so sick of people whining and complaining about such miniscule words. Grow the hell up people! Im out@Justsaying10
@dookiedrawers @Justsaying10 Hey dookie, I can agree with what you are saying. I did not like the no teeth thing about Alabama. However, I do understand everyone has their little digs. I agree with what Mr. Musburger said. Hell, good for AJ. She is hot. With all respect! I think I will make that my new handle, With Respect. Ha Ha
@Justsaying10 It's not a double-standard because she's not an athlete, she's just awesome eye candy. For the roles to be reversed, this would need to be a women's sporting event with a female announcer making comments about one of the player's hot boyfriend. No big deal there either. You did nothing wrong Brent!
@Justsaying10 are you kidding? good ol boys club. have you watched any sporting event lately! chock full of young women, some good at what they do, some not so good. but certainly not members of any good ol boys club.
I can only speak for me and I am all for equal time. If there's a dull Wimbledon ladies match and Pam Shriver gets hot and bothered over a player's boyfriend in the stands it probably livens things up.
@Justsaying10 "sexest" ? The game was a bore, or, just like you, a boar. Bet you are just plain BORING. Oink!
I didn't watch the game but as long Brent didn't harp on her for more than a minute then its no big deal, otherwise he'd be stalking her. She is a looker though...... now lets move on.........
I must compliment Brent Musberger for being sufficiently creative to find something (anything) of interest in that piece of crap of a National Championship Fraud orchestarted by the grossly incompetant NCAA. The fact that we are spending a nano second on this subject should tell us all how totally pitiful that mismatch was. The NCAA should be deeply embarrased by it all. But, I suspect they are spending far too much time counting their unearned monies (on the backs of hard working student athletes) to be embarrassed by a system that didn't even come close to getting the top two teams in the country right. That being said, she is a dam good looking woman. You go Brent - your not quite washed up yet.
I think it is all misguided. If Brent Musburger wanted to comment on how attractive Ms. Webb is than so what. I agree with others that say it was probably most exciting part of the night.
Let's keep things in prospective. By the way what did Ms. Webb say about it?
What i thought was Ridiculous about this year's College Football Bowl Season was that only 20 of the 35 Bowl Games were decided by 1-14 points, 9 of those 20 games were decided by 9-14 points, which means that 11 of the 20 games were decided by 1-8 points!
What is even sader is that some of those 9 Bowl Games that were decided by 9-14 points, weren't much of a game or were a blowout untill the other team scored near the ending of regulation, to make the score more respectable too!!!
I am reading all the negative comments about Brent Musberger being a "guy" with
his comments about Katherine Webb and it really makes me laugh. Are you people from the 18th century? Are you people really serious about having a problem with some light fun? I have always believed that the majority of today's population takes life too seriously and this is proof. You are all a bunch of tight ass idjits! You are the ones that are afraid to look at yourself in the mirror in the daylight as it offends you.
Get a life people. This man said nothing wrong except compliment an attractive woman. When did that become a crime? Unbelievable!
@Footballfrank amen frank....and to have espn issue an apology for Musberger's comment just shows what a bunch of politically correct imbeciles are running disney/abc/espn these days.
Why is everyone freaking out because Brent finds her attractive? The game was over from the first down, he has to keep viewers interested. Moreover, because he is older does not alter the fact that he knows beautiful when he sees it. He was not hoping for a liason. Just boy talk. As they say, you can look at any menu, just don't order. He did not order.
I can't help but wonder how fast that pretty smile turns upside-down when whe hears the term 'pre-nup'
This writer1991 is a stoupe of all stoupes . Give me a break , some of you people just look for something and can't find it then. criticize what ever." Any fool can condemn , criticize and whine and they do." Ben Franklin 1778.....donWsox
ok brent we get it,you get stupid over beautiful women, but remember you are paid to announce a football game,by the way how does your wife feel about this
No, not joking. My wife (a teacher, who knows how that kind of remark will follow and/or haunt a young person) and I both were taken aback by the statement. That comment, coupled by the fact that the commentator had previously mentioned (three or four times) that the center and the QB were sharing a room while on the road, inferred something that either player might not care to be associated with.
@writer1991 Student atheletes are given room mates to cut cost! Don't you know?
I guarantee 99% of the people that heard that comment didn't think twice about it, and surely didn't for a minute think that he was being serious. I really doubt that the players will even hear about the comment, and if they do, they'll just laugh about it. If that little comment follows or "haunts" them, they have bigger issues to deal with.
The commentator's remark late in the 4th quarter about the center and the QB having a "lover's quarrel" was totally inappropriate. Hopefully, a public apology and a fine/lawsuit will help reduce the stigma that created.
What's the big deal?? Guy was kidding around. He's been married to the same woman since 63, so im sure it's not and i quote "How sad is it for a 90 year old to be gushing over a young girl. Can you say "perv"
How ridiculous it is to try & make a BIG ISSUE out of someone making an innocent comment about a beautiful woman! Just simply acknowledging that the woman is beautiful & people OVERREACT by calling him a pervert, as though he went into detail on national television about what he would like to do with her sexually. REALLY PATHETIC!
@BubbaLove So, all of those college football players who aren''t going pro don't have girlfriends that show up to games?
The announcer sounded more like a dirty old man. in any other venue, his partner or producer would have quickly moved to cool down his ardor.
Uncle Brent's just stating what the remaining male viewers were thinking. Yes, it was the most memorable moment of the game.