ESPN's Brent Musburger became a topic of national conversation when he got a little too excited over the presence of Katherine Webb during the BCS National Championship Game. Brent's comments drew so much attention that ESPN apologized, saying the veteran went too far in admiring Webb's beauty. For her part, Miss Alabama's newfound fame has taken her to the Today Show and the SI Swimsuit Issue.
Thus far, Musburger has declined to speak and answer his critics with regards to his comments about Webb. That was until Monday night's Baylor-Kansas game when he signed off the air with this pipebomb...
"For Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe, who was really smokin' tonight, I want to say so long from Lawrence."
My Lord, that is an amazing moment in sports broadcasting history. Only Musburger knows whether that was a giant middle finger to his critics, a joke to make light of the situation, brilliant reverse troll job, or the end of his announcing career. For the first time in the history of this website, I'm utterly speechless.
UPDATE: ESPN has released a statement early Tuesday morning saying Musburger said "it" was really smokin...
Simply stated: "Brent said the word 'it.' We are moving on."— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) January 15, 2013
That's certainly the cleanest way to wrap this up (as we've seen before in similar situations), but you can judge for yourself what Musburger actually said. ESPN has had their say and the network is moving on.
I've come to expect bad reporting and inaccurate news these days. But my God, Matt Yoder should be relieved of his post for this non-story. He's either the biggest idiot who ever wrote a sports column, or he's clearly fabricating this story to create news that does not exist.
Hey IDIOTS....he says "for Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe, it was really smokin' tonight." He was not referring to Holly, or any other person...he was referring to the game. I watched the actual broadcast, not this crappy tape here. It's very clear what he was saying. Jesus, how stupid are you people?
OooH Puleeze.... You go Brent!! The rest of you knuckleheads....just relax
He appreciates a smokin' lady....and the problem with that is????
And if you do have a problem youy are wound way too tight!!
Yes, Musburger flipped the bird to his critics. They deserved it! I'm not a great Musburger fan, and, if "politically correct" means not saying things that either through intent or ignorance show a callous attitude towards others, then I believe in "political correctness." However, how does complimenting a beautiful lady (whose career depends upon her beauty, and whose performance in the stands, rivaled the best performance on the field) show a callous attitude? His comment on her stunning good looks were appropriate and not demeaning to her, individually, or to her gender.
"Smokin!" for a woman is like "cute" for a guy. While I would prefer to be referred as "hot," or "smokin," (as if a 53 year old fat @$$ could be that way!), Not very deep down I would be totally flattered by "cute." There's something wrong with somebody, man or woman, who doesn't want to be "smokin." Brent has smoked Katherine Webb (who had a very classy response btw) all the way to the front steps of the stratosphere. What happens next is up to her. My problem with Brent was his obvious bias toward ND who were thoroughly out-classed.
I love the guy . He understood the PSU situation and said it was a criminal offense
concerning Sandusky and not an NCAA violation. H's speaks the truth from his
generation and does not worry about political correct.
"Stick and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me" - a quote worth bringing up to the goofy critics of Brent Musburger. What politically correct nonsense
Brent, you're an over rated announcer, and now, it's sad how often you show such little class making these off color comments about women, quite unprofessional, you're making ESPN look bad! Women are only sexual objects to you right Brent, they deserve more credit than that, the comments you have been making anyone could hear in a bar, let their husband's and boyfriend's make those kinds of comments and keep your thoughts to yourself, after all you're announcing for a major company on national television, class up bud!
C'mon people lighten up!!! When men stop noticing pretty women and making comments about them (those weren't nasty comments) then we have reached a very prudish state. If he would have said something like "oh boy she's hot, i'd like to "boink her", then i could see some outrage!!!! No harm no foul in my book.
Holly Rowe is not now, and has never been, "hot." Chunky, yes. Hot, no. Maybe she is smokin', and has the butt to prove it!
Uh...did you listen to that at all. HE said "it was really smokin' tonight" in reference to the action on the court.
As a former (retired) broadcast News Director in a major American market, I'm siding with Brent. He may not be the best announcer in the business, but NOTHING he said was "off-color" or "offensive." NOTHING!
ESPN (ABC) is, once again, putting its Liberal, Leftist, politically-correct agenda on display, and THAT is offensive!
"Smokin'?" "Beautiful?" Gimme a break! These were both, aptly-used compliments toward two women who are, in fact, quite attractive.
If Brent had said, "Wow! Howdja like to have HER sitting on yer face?!?" THAT would've been offensive.