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You Can't Call a Pretty Girl Pretty; What Kind of Country Are We Becoming?
Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Mark Davis

Posted on 01/11/2013 1:19:12 AM PST by Kaslin

Before examining the ridiculous controversy stemming from Monday night’s college football championship broadcast, let us stipulate that there are more urgent and scary ways to describe the current changes in America.

We are becoming a culture of dependency. We are becoming a neo-socialist experiment. We are becoming a dumbed-down nation unappreciative of its founders. We are losing touch with the Constitution and the very concept of liberty.

I do not argue that today’s essay is our most pressing problem. But as scores of fine writers address the various angles of our republic’s dangle from a precarious thread, I thought I’d venture to the periphery to lament another type of change which accrues to our societal detriment.

We are becoming a nation that caves to humorless, scolding bullies on matters of little or no consequence.

Not exactly a fiscal cliff or an Islamist-friendly CIA director, but a problem nonetheless.

If you didn’t see it live, you surely have by now. The iconic Brent Musburger took a moment between plays to comment on the images from ESPN cameras dwelling on Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend in the stands.

Turning to colleague Kirk Herbstreit, he playfully nudged: “You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women. What a beautiful woman. Wow!”

Herbstreit, quarterback at Ohio State just over 20 years ago, added: “A.J.’s doing some things right down in Tuscaloosa.”

Musburger then filled the remaining seconds before the next play: “So if you’re a youngster at Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around with Pop.”

Somewhere, a shriek rang out.

This is the only theory that can possibly lead to the sheer idiocy of ESPN apologizing for a completely innocent 30 seconds of broadcaster banter.

Somewhere, a phone rang. Or a hundred phones. An email, or a hundred emails, were sent. The sliver of America that found those moments offensive was going to get its pound of flesh.

Surely ESPN did not buckle on its own. Surely a network that will show you cheerleaders twenty times a game did not suddenly recoil in the production truck. No one wearing headphones said at the time, “Oh, dang, that was terrible, we should apologize for that.”

But the pathetic thing is, someone at ESPN may well have tensed up at the time-- not because the event was truly bad, but because every TV and radio operation knows that countless humorless scolders with empty lives stand poised to pounce on any turn of a word or phrase that jostles their fragile sensibilities.

Genuine offenses deserve genuine apologies. If Musburger had growled lasciviously about a wish to be 50 years younger while Herbstreit egged him on with his own prurient patter, I’d be leading the call for displays of contrition.

But it is vital to understand that neither Ms. Webb nor her parents nor her national champion boyfriend were offended in the least.

But if a needed apology undelivered is an etiquette violation, it is an outright attack on our social order to make-- and tolerate-- demands for apology that are wholly without basis.

A culture filled with contrived offense erodes our measurements of which affronts are deserving of actual repentance. And the heartfelt regret of actual transgressors is devalued when surrounded by the din of phony apologies offered merely to stem a wave of phone calls and emails from troublemakers with time on their hands.

But if there is anything worse than an unnecessary apology crafted to reduce heat, it is an apology of that type that seeks to hose the public in the process.

“We always try to capture interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test,” said the ESPN statement.

Sure, guys, it’s all about her being from Auburn. Please.

If Katherine Webb were somewhat plain, she would not have been on camera as much. Conversely, blessed as she is, she would have been on camera as much if her degree were from Delaware State.

The statement went on to express regret that the commentary “went too far and Brent understands that.”

I hope not. I hope Brent thinks this whole thing is as stupid as it actually is.

If ESPN’s phone lines did indeed blow up with outraged viewers the moment Musburger and Herbstreit finished calling a pretty girl pretty, I would have wanted a very different statement from the network:

“ESPN welcomes input from all viewers on the commentary of our announcers. However, after reviewing the words spoken in this instance, we find that the only occurrence was a compliment to Ms. Webb and accompanying upbeat banter that also related to her in a completely positive way.

“We note, and recommend that others do as well, that no one involved was offended, and as such, we see no reason whatsoever for an apology from Brent or anyone else.”

We should always be vigilant about broadcast comments that truly hurt or offend people. But the flip side of that responsibility coin is to stand guard against contrived offense meant to stoke political fires, in this case, perhaps a feminist agenda that it is somehow inappropriate to observe that a beautiful young lady is a beautiful young lady.

Is this a case of stereotype, perpetuating some notion that the quarterback will always get the pretty girl, or that having a plainer girlfriend is somehow a lesser blessing?

Just asking that question takes the whole matter into the muddled world of overanalysis. Some people need to learn to let a compliment be a compliment, and in a sports broadcast booth, if there is no harm done, to let guys be guys.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: ajmccarron; alabama; brentmusburger; espn; katherinewebb; lamestreammedia

1 posted on 01/11/2013 1:19:19 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

2 posted on 01/11/2013 1:20:39 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Put that women in a burqa.... For the love of Allah .....

I wonder if the frowning left that found Musburger comment offensive understands they are the flip side of the Taliban coin....


3 posted on 01/11/2013 1:35:28 AM PST by JZoback
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To: Kaslin

Mutbeger is an idiot.
His comments were not necessary.
Its a football game. I would say stick to what you know but in his case lets make that stick to what you are paid for.


4 posted on 01/11/2013 1:40:00 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Kaslin

Pretty, yes. Not quite as gorgeous as my wife of 34 years, but she’s right up there. I will never cease to compliment someone that looks good and puts the proper effort into it.

I’ll give you all a choice... Ms Webb or the Obamaphone “lady”.


5 posted on 01/11/2013 1:41:57 AM PST by Cololeo
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To: JZoback

She’s ok. Looks like her hair is dyed a fake black though. The younger girl on the left aint bad though.


6 posted on 01/11/2013 1:42:28 AM PST by Treeless Branch
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To: SECURE AMERICA

*rme*


7 posted on 01/11/2013 1:45:49 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

You don’t like his comment, why don’t you sue him? /sarcasm>


8 posted on 01/11/2013 1:47:47 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Treeless Branch
I am not sure, the woman with the black hair is either Miss Alabama's boyfriend A. J. McCarron's mother, or her mother


9 posted on 01/11/2013 1:59:00 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Dang, those quarterbacks get all the pretty girls.

There. Just sign me up for sensitivity training now.

I detest Musberger with a passion, but...if I was waiting for him to step on his own crank, this isn't it.

10 posted on 01/11/2013 2:06:52 AM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: Kaslin
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11 posted on 01/11/2013 2:23:50 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I see the circus is in town...


12 posted on 01/11/2013 2:33:14 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Always!


13 posted on 01/11/2013 2:48:19 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Kaslin

Yet the Vice President of the United States can swear in a lady Senator and quip “Spread your legs; you are about to be frisked” and get by with it. THe left sure is choosy about where to express their outrage.

Joe Biden is simply vile and an embarrassment.


14 posted on 01/11/2013 3:06:26 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Kaslin
We are becoming a culture of dependency. We are becoming a neo-socialist experiment. We are becoming a dumbed-down nation unappreciative of its founders. We have lost are losing touch with the Constitution and the very concept of liberty.

Fixed it.

16 posted on 01/11/2013 3:14:23 AM PST by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Who said it was necessary? They have to fill time with something, especially during a blowout, and he was only reacting to what the director put in front of him. It’s not as if he went on about gun control.

This is coming from someone who mutes the tv so he doesn’t have to listen to the ex-jock blockheads who know about their narrow field but can’t talk, or the broadcaster types who can talk but sound endlessly condescending and don’t know anything.


17 posted on 01/11/2013 3:21:08 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: SECURE AMERICA

It was the way he said it. He could have just said she was beautiful and moved on.


18 posted on 01/11/2013 3:21:50 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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Ya gotta love the look on the kids face to the right....I think I know what he is thinking....;>)


19 posted on 01/11/2013 3:30:58 AM PST by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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To: PigRigger

He’s thinking, “I’ve never seen that much makeup on anybody in my entire life.”

Or something like that.


20 posted on 01/11/2013 3:33:26 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: savedbygrace

I was thinking they might be related, does she have a younger brother or nephew who was with her at the game? Some vague resemblance there, imho.


21 posted on 01/11/2013 3:52:16 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Is that really a woman? I have my doubts.


22 posted on 01/11/2013 4:05:09 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

"That's a woman?"


23 posted on 01/11/2013 4:21:26 AM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: Fresh Wind

It’s a tranny.


24 posted on 01/11/2013 4:25:41 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’ll bet the one on the left has a staff, too.


25 posted on 01/11/2013 4:29:25 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
It’s a tranny.

It's someone caught in the deception of sin.


Genesis 13:13
Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.

Genesis 18:20-21
20. Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and
their sin so grievous
21. that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."

Genesis 19:4-7
4. Before they had gone to bed, all the men
from every part of the city of Sodom--both young and old--surrounded the house.
5. They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them
."
6. Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him
7. and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing.

 

Psalms 12:8      The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.

Ain't this just FABULOUS??      More?

Isaiah 3:9   The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.

2 Peter 2:13b  Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.


 

 

Ezekiel 16:49-50
49. "`Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
50. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.



2 Peter 2

 1.  But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves.
 2.  Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.
 3.  In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
 4.  For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell,  putting them into gloomy dungeons  to be held for judgment;
 5.  if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;
 6.  if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;
 7.  and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men
 8.  (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)--
 9.  if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.
 10.  This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature  and despise authority.   Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;
 11.  yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord.
 12.  But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.
 13.  They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done.
Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.



But there IS hope!!!

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

 9. Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:
     Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10. nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

 


If you could NOT change, you would be in most pitiful shape...

26 posted on 01/11/2013 4:33:05 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin

Mudburger was just admiring the hottie Miss Webb. People need to relax....his comments were not offensive. And, Miss Webb seems to be fine with the nice comments. Lets move on


27 posted on 01/11/2013 4:34:24 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Fiscal Conservatives are Neither)
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To: Fresh Wind

I strongly suspect that the creature with the big puffy hair is not female. The other creature’s “staff” credential looks like a rainbow ‘fag-flag’.


28 posted on 01/11/2013 4:35:21 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Kaslin

Yesterday there were a series of announcements made by various Massachusetts politicos....... all women. All obviously liberal, ugly women.

The ugly liberals hate being discriminated against.

Beauty might be only skin deep but ugly goes down to the bone


29 posted on 01/11/2013 4:36:19 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
It’s a tranny.

Yeah, that makes sense, though I have known genuine women that were that ugly and trashy looking.

30 posted on 01/11/2013 4:49:54 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Kaslin
What a beautiful woman. Wow!

BUMP...

FO pansies!

31 posted on 01/11/2013 5:08:43 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah, I guess the liberals feel that Brent Musburger has a hell of a nerve encouraging young boys to take an interest in women instead of other boys.


32 posted on 01/11/2013 5:15:02 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Kaslin

Pretty soon it will be against the law to let a woman pass and then look back to check out her caboose.

When that happens I will just turn myself in at the nearest police station, and check out the backside of the Dyke cop as she locks me up.


33 posted on 01/11/2013 5:21:48 AM PST by Venturer
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To: SeminoleCounty

I agree, as long as Brent wasn’t coveting.


34 posted on 01/11/2013 5:27:30 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: Venturer

“Pretty soon it will be against the law to let a woman pass and then look back to check out her caboose.”

“I love the women’s movement, especially when viewed from behind.” Rush H. Limbaugh III


35 posted on 01/11/2013 5:29:41 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: Kaslin
Its way more simple that this Mark!

Rush has said the left is after football. I believe him. Musburger advised kids to take up football to get girls! Thats the real outrage. How can they convince the little darlings to not play with that visual going unchallenged?

Its ALWAYS the violation of the narrative that gets them going....

36 posted on 01/11/2013 5:40:37 AM PST by cb
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Looks like Miss Planet of the ——!


37 posted on 01/11/2013 6:01:40 AM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: cb
Rush has said the left is after football. I believe him.

The Left can't stand the thought that somewhere, someone is enjoying life.

38 posted on 01/11/2013 6:06:19 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Kaslin

Usually I am immune to this
But those comments were way out of place
in the BCS Bowl Broadcast, on National TV

I cringed when I heard them.


39 posted on 01/11/2013 6:07:36 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Kaslin

The left hates it when men act like men. They would rather have men act like castrated wimps.


40 posted on 01/11/2013 6:18:33 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: HangnJudge

I did not watch this particular game but I have a cure. For the last several years when I have watched a football game I have muted the sound and just watched the game. It made the experience a whole lot better. I got tired of the constant fawning or outright arm chairing done by the likes of Collingsworth and the other color guys. He forgets he never played on a championship team but to hear him you’d think he was Roger Staubach or Lynn Swann. Aikman has gotten better over the years and is tolerable but I just watch in silence and talk to the family while it is on.


41 posted on 01/11/2013 6:23:57 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative
For the last several years
when I have watched a football game
I have muted the sound and just watched the game.

The Mute Button is my friend


42 posted on 01/11/2013 6:44:07 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Kaslin

The game was basically over and the camera found some eye candy and Brett basically said it was the QB’s eye candy. He then teased his buddy Herbstret about being a QB. Get over it!

Pray for America


43 posted on 01/11/2013 6:57:52 AM PST by bray (Welcome to Obamaville)
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To: I want the USA back
The left hates it when men act like men. They would rather have men act like castrated wimps.

Kirsten Powers, who is pretty liberal, was on O'Reilly the other night, and to her credit she was laughing and saying it was totally ridiculous to make a big deal out of this and that nothing Musberger said was offensive.

I think it's mostly the lesbian avenger types who lose it over this stuff.

44 posted on 01/11/2013 7:36:30 AM PST by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
Burnt Cheeseburger is just creepy, period. Brent Musberger on pit road "Thank heavens for little girls. I see one, third row."
45 posted on 01/11/2013 7:37:55 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You would post that image when I can’t find my wire brush and I ran out of bleach two days ago. So - how do you expect me to get that image out of my brain?

;-)


46 posted on 01/11/2013 9:26:52 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: HangnJudge
Usually I am immune to this But those comments were way out of place in the BCS Bowl Broadcast, on National TV I cringed when I heard them.

HOWRVER, no one seems to care that the cameramen repeatedly scan the crowds for pretty women to zoom in on, nor that they zoom in on cheerleaders, nor the fact that we have CHEERLEADERS wearing the tightest and shortest UNIFORMS imaginable.

One must ask, who do we have cheerleaders at ADULT FOOTBALL (pro) games ?

I get it for JR. High, Sr. High, and College, as this gives the females a way to participate.

So WHY do pro football teams have cheerleaders ?

47 posted on 01/11/2013 11:57:04 AM PST by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Kaslin

Political correctness is the worst thing to happen in my lifetime. I was born in the 50s.

Oh wait, make that PC is now the 2nd worst thing to happen in my lifetime.

The worst thing is the rapid onslaught of socialism that began in 2009 and the subsequent death of the republic.

It is all in God’s hands now. My beautiful free nation was pulled out from under me, replaced with socialist evil and a coming totalitarian tyranny.

Pray to God and apologize to your children and grandchildren for losing your nation.


48 posted on 01/11/2013 2:00:54 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: Kaslin

All Brent said is what every straight guy in America watching the game was thinking.


49 posted on 01/11/2013 2:10:05 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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