Man Crush of the Week: Eminem and Brent Musburger
Someone in the world must have though, “You know what an amazing idea would be? Let’s get Eminem an put him on during halftime with Kurt Herbstreit and Brent Musberger. TV gold!”
Turns out Eminem is a huge weirdo. Like uncomfortably so to the point that Hirbstreet basically laughed his whole way through the appearance.
Eminem was there to promote his new Beastie Boys album in connection with it being used for the intro for Saturday Night Football. Or something. I’m not sure that’s why he thought he was there. By the look of it, someone kidnapped him, blindfolded him and dropped him off next to Musberger and Herbstreit.
After Eminem swayed back and forth staring off in space for the beginning of the interview, it just got weirder. At one point Brent Musberger refers to Eminem as “Mathers.” That’s that most amazing thing a super old dude has ever done.
And then Eminem is asked what his favorite part of the album would be he said, “nothing.”
But like all weird college football halftime interviews, it managed to end on a touching note. Mathers told Musberger he would be on his fantasy announcer team, which means maybe Eminem was just in awe of Brent Musberger and super nervous? I kind of love this theory.
It was a real moment, one you can only get on live TV with rappers and college football announcers.
But the best part comes when Musberger says Eminem is the legend and then, summarizing the entire experience for the world, Eminem says, “I feel very uncomfortable right now.”
Douchebag of the Week: Steve Spurrier and Journalism
I felt weird about calling out Lavonte David for his late hit that cost the Bucs a win (and managed to give the Jets a win, something I wasn’t sure possible).
First, some good journalism.
In the Romenesko story, it outlines how South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier got a columnist removed from covering him because he thought he was negative.
Short version of the story: Ron Morris wrote a column in 2011 months earlier than Spurrier didn’t like. And he wouldn’t take questions at a press conference because of it. Same thing happened the next year.
This year Morris has been moved to cover Clemson. Because Steve Spurrier didn’t like what was being written about him.
As a journalism major I find this horrifying, even if I’ve given up any sort of Woodward/Bernstein aspirations. It just goes against everything press should be. The Slate then went on a made a huge list of things Morris couldn’t do.
So a real newspaper, The Slate, went and changed the way they covered things to make the person they are covering happy. Having never been to South Carolina I can only assume Steve Spurrier is the biggest person in the state and that everyone had to have his back.
To the point that Spurrier called the newspaper and put in a good word for a South Carolina superfan who been to 367 straight South Carolina games and is openly friends with Spurrier.
I know it’s just football for boys between the ages of 18-22 in a state that I’m not entirely sure of the capital of, but where do we draw the lines? When sports becomes bigger than life, that’s where there’s a problem.
I feel like Gutenberg has been rolling in his grave for quite a while now, and this is going to give him a couple extra spins.
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