I need comedian Stephen Colbert quick. He’s the man who brought the world the concept of “truthiness” (ie. not quite the truth), and I need a word for “not quite inappropriate .”
You see, I found Brent Musburger’s comments on AJ McCarron’s girlfriend to be outdated, cornball, creepy and as shallow as a Saharan puddle. However, I’m not sure they merit an ESPN apology or demands for a reprimand.
Obviously, the problem with the remarks were the implication that Katherine Webb was the spoils of McCarron’s football-playing prowess.
It makes both Webb and McCarron sound extraordinarily superficial. He’s deserving because he can throw a football. She’s a flesh and blood trophy.
Musburger glosses over the reality that McCarron is an old-school gentleman, plays the piano and majors in engineering, while Webb speaks three languages and volunteers at an elder care facility.
I totally made up all that biographical information for the purposes of illustration…Although it might be true. Who’d know any different? The telecast only covered the fact that between these two there is a great deal of athleticism and good looks.
Unfortunately, there are a few never-grew-up, frat boys out there. (I expanded my vocabulary thanks to these geniuses.) For them this over-simplified truth is enough.
Hmm…an over-simplified truth? Maybe I don’t need Colbert’s help after all. Maybe what Musberger was really guilty of was truthiness. And his punishment is simply this: For one night, fans will remember that Brent more closely resembled a word-inventing comedian than a play-by-play announcer.
UPDATE: I like this take from Twitter follower Paul Dulac, “Comments with a beer with a bud at a bar vs. same with a mic with a national audience on TV. Brent should know the difference.”