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.
NFL Network's Michelle Beisner
NBC's Tiffany Simons
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.
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6 months ago