On yesterday's show, the ESPN College GameDay crew was discussing the makeup of the selection committee for the upcoming college football playoff. Just who was going to serve in this group of elite minds and decide the fate of the national championship was always going to fall under heavy scrutiny.
So who could have ever predicted that the inclusion of former Secretary of State Condi Rice would cause an ex-player to put his foot in his mouth and make an overarching statement that women shouldn't be involved because they couldn't know football? Color me shocked! I can't even imagine!
Just who was the lucky person to step into the beartrap? David Pollack, come on down...
The weird thing about this segment is that Chris Fowler almost sets Pollack up to take this fall. At first Pollack says he only wants football people in the group, which is a perspective I can understand. But then Fowler entices him to take the jump and be all gender-specific about it. Pollack does have to take final responsibility though because after thinking about it, he takes the leap and agrees that no women should be involved. D'oh!
After Pollack's comments, women covering college football were quick to put the former Georgia Bulldog on blast. Including his ESPN teammate Samantha Ponder...
Verbally destroying @davidpollack47 on the bus for his comments about Condi. Next, he makes me a sandwich.— Sam Ponder (@samsteeleponder) October 5, 2013
And Fox's Erin Andrews, who unleashed her own thoughts on the air on Fox Sports 1...
For his part, at least Pollack offered a perfunctory, PR friendly apology. Wait, he didn't?!?
I want people on the committee that eat, sleep & breathe college football during the season. It has nothing to do with male or female— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 5, 2013
Pollack predicted he would say something not so smart. Mission accomplished. It's one thing to argue the side of having only football people (whatever that is exactly) on the committee, it's another to then make the leap and say that women don't know football. That's out of line, if not predictable. While he's been crushed in the last 24 hours, perhaps his biggest critics are the women he works with in Bristol.
@TXCleaver I like the idea if Condi though. Not in favor of football writers. Former players and coaches yes. And other objective people.
@awfulannouncing Of course, EA did make that female in CFB comment before predicting Maryland to beat FSU. That worked out well.
@awfulannouncing not quite what he said.
@wiscybadgers he was severely baited but boy would I love to show him what girls know!! Football is my passion. Women should have a chance.
How could someone who had enough ability to become National Security Adviser then Secretary of State possibly grasp the endless complexities involved in evaluating whether Ohio State is more playoff worthy than Georgia?
Andrews proved her expertness by picking Maryland to beat Florida State. I have no problem with Rice being on the committee, old white have screwed things up for a long time, nice to see others get the chance. I would take Rice over a committee of Andrews Ponder and Pollack.
I'd rather see a top 4 determined by an agreed upon, unbiased ranking system, as opposed to some lowly humans, picking and choosing who will be in the "playoffs"
@KatiMader - Be that as it may, have you noticed how combative, argumentative & just plain rude Pollack is during broadcasts? He has issues.
@wiscybadgers it's almost like he's got the attitude of any publicity is better than none. As you said he's just rude.
@wiscybadgers very very true. new statistics say 48% of football fans are women. He can't make comments like that & not face backlash :-/