Merrill Reese has been the radio play-by-play voice of the Philadelphia Eagles for the past thirty-five years.
He certainly was a voice of reason to many die-hard fans during a 2012 season in which they lost eleven of their last twelve games.
But believe it or not, there was something else in football that rubbed Reese the wrong way. It wasn’t Brent Musburger’s reaction to Katherine Webb and Dee Dee Bonner being shown during ESPN’s telecast of the BCS National Championship Game, in which Alabama routed Notre Dame.
Rather, it was ESPN apologizing for Musburger’s comments regarding the girlfriend of Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron during the game.
Many, including Webb herself, agree that an apology was not necessary. But for a long-time broadcaster like Reese, the Worldwide Leader’s actions really struck a nerve with him.
“I lost respect, not for Brent Musburger, but for ESPN,” Reese admitted. “To issue an apology over that, where are we going? I mean, there’s political correctness, and there’s being ridiculous. There was nothing out of line with what you did. We’re sitting around, we’re watching college football, they obviously had the shot planned of Katherine Webb, she is absolutely gorgeous, and he reacted, and it was, there was nothing wrong with that whatsoever, and to apologize for something like that is absolutely pathetic.”
Certainly not the first, nor the last pathetic act by ESPN, I’m sure.