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Musburger Criticized For Comments About McCarron's Girlfriend; Media Buzz Has Legs
Published January 8, 2013
COVERAGE EVERYWHERE: The following programs, among others, this morning discussed and/or reported on Musburger's comments about Webb: ABC’s “GMA,” “CBS This Morning,” NBC’s “Today,” CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” “The Dan Patrick Show” and “Live with Kelly and Michael” (THE DAILY). NBC’s Matt Lauer said, “It was a little over the top, Brent.” Savannah Guthrie added, “I guess the game wasn’t exciting enough.” Willie Geist: “It’s funny. A team wins its third national championship in four years and it's overshadowed by the girlfriend of the quarterback” (“Today,” NBC, 1/8). Syndicated radio host Dan Patrick said Musburger “looked at McCarron’s girlfriend and said just about everything except for, ‘Mmmmm.’” Patrick: “I did get a little creeped out. ... Give Brent credit though. He does call it like he sees it” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 1/8). CNBC’s Brian Shactman: “Take it easy, Brent, you’re on national television” (“Squawk Box,” CNBC, 1/8). CBS’ Gayle King said, “I think it’s so unbecoming when a grown man slobbers and drools. You wanted to say to Brent, ‘Down boy, down’” (“CBS This Morning,” CBS, 1/8). ESPN Radio’s Mike Golic said of Musburger, “Unfortunately, I’ve been in the booth at this point when you’re in your ‘fill material,’ and it was used on her” (“Mike and Mike in the Morning,” ESPN Radio, 1/8). McCarron this morning said Webb is “just kind of shocked” by all the attention she has received. McCarron: “She’s not the type of girl that really falls into the famous part of it. She likes staying low-key and keeping out of that … but she’s just kind of enjoying the moment right now and taking it in stride” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 1/8).
TWITTER ABUZZ: Musburger's comments drew plenty of reaction last night and today on Twitter. ESPN’s Darren Rovell wrote, “By the end of this game, there will be more modeling agents in the stands going after @_KatherineWebb than sports agents.” CSN New England’s Marc Bertrand tweeted, “From here on out, AJ McCarron's girlfriend Katherine Webb will be the best part of the game. Musburger's creepy comments will be a close 2nd.” The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham: “Katherine Webb (AJ McCarron's girlfriend) could be the new @jennifersterger. Brent kind of 'discovered' her too.” SI’s Deitsch wrote, “The age difference between Brent Musburger (ESPN announcer) and Katherine Webb (AJ McCarron's girlfreind) is 50. ... Really hoping Jesse Palmer doesn't have to apologize for Brent Musburger flirting with Katherine Webb." Newsday’s Neil Best: “Top two Google Trends Hot Searches this a.m.: 1. A.J. McCarron; 2. A.J. McCarron girlfriend."
INSTANT CELEBRITY: Webb after the game said, "My phone is dead. My followers went from 2,300 this morning to 96,000 by the end of the night. I don't know if I should even check now, I don't know what is going on. I guess (Musburger) said something but I don't know what it was because I haven't seen it." McCarron when told that Heat F LeBron James was now following Webb on Twitter said, "No way. ... I guess she's more famous than me" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/8).