Thursday, July 09, 2009

Sports Babes

Like most unemployed men I made myself a bowl of Golden Grahams and plopped down on the couch to watch ESPN's new afternoon offering, Sports Nation. It's a highly interactive sports show that bounces every 45 seconds to a new topic & depends heavily on real time voting and viewer participation - basically it's PTI meets Twitter.

The show is hosted by (the great) Colin Cowherd and a girl-next-door sports babe Michelle Beadle. While Cowherd is clearly more comfortable ranting on his radio show, Beadle is great as a host. She's one of those 'unicorn' girls who possess the rare and fabled confluence of sex appeal, self-confidence and sports knowledge - the girl who shows up to watch a bowl game and doesn't kill your (metaphorical) buzz.

So, as a convoluted tribute to Beadle and her sports babe ilk, here are a rundown of some of the more notable sports babes.

Erin Andrews

NFL Network's Michelle Beisner

NBC's Tiffany Simons

Emily Jones*
So, I suppose the question that has to follow this sort of line up of pics is this: Do male sportscasters need to be concerned?? I know that a deep seeded sexism in me will never allow me to watch a woman broadcast sports with the same level of credibility I would give to a man in the same roll. Naturally male viewers are going to be drawn to the Erin Andrews and Michelle Beadles of sideline reporting, but will this desire ever replace mens' inherent inability to combine women and sports without cynicism? I can't help but think that a knockout babe with Scott Van Pelt's wit is going to come along and change life as we know it, and here's hoping that Micheal Sea marries her.

Watch Sports Nation
* EJ is the pride of Plainview, TX

Friday, July 03, 2009

4th of July - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

A quick dedication to the country that I love with a sampling of patriotic gems.

The Good

Lee Greenwood - God Bless the U.S.A.

- hilarious feminist sidenote: When Ash heard me playing this song she chimed in "....AND WOMEN! LET'S NOT PRETEND IT'S ALL DUDES OUT THERE", after Mr. Greenwood references "the men who died...". Point taken, Ash.

Star Spangled Banner

W.G. Snuffy Walden - West Wing Theme

-it should also be noted that Mr. Walden lends his considerable talents to Friday Night Lights.

The Bad

Daryl Worley - Have Yor Forgotten

Toby Keith - Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue

The Ugly

Charlie Daniels - This Ain't No Rag It's A Flag

Ray Stephens - Osama Yo Mama

I hope you all have a great 4th, and forgive me for wasting your time with that Ray Stephens song.