I never really thought of ESPN reporter (and national treasure) Erin Andrews as old—or even older—until today. She's only 34 years old, so it doesn't have anything to do with her actual age. I've always known she is about four years older than me, so it's not like she's actually any older than I originally thought.
It's just that when you take a premature step over to Cougar Town, it can age you considerably. And that's just what Andrews has done by reportedly hooking up with 26-year-old Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford. Not only is Crawford eight years her junior, he's also got a baby face and wouldn't look entirely out of place at a high school party.
Us Weekly reports that the two have been spotted out on the town together and are still "getting to know each other." It's not clear when Andrews first met Crawford, who happens to be the brother-in-law of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. The couple was photographed together at the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
Andrews was rumored to be dating Cougar Town actor Josh Hopkins in summer 2011, but now Andrews has apparently made the jump to actual cougar to kick off summer 2012. Given, all of this is according to the unsubstantiated gossip of the supermarket tabloids. But if the rumor is true, and that's a very big 'if', is this whole cougar thing good or bad for her football Barbie image?
Personally, I think it's a good thing. I write about the lovely Ms. Andrews on the regular and, despite people still voraciously consuming gossip about her, I've been noticing a certain level of Erin Andrews fatigue. Amongst readers and commentators as well as the real world human beings in my life. Which is why I think a drastic change could be beneficial for her career long-term.
I'm not saying that her career is any jeopardy at all at the moment—she is still as stunning as she's ever been. But her time at the top as the most lusted after sports reporter on the planet is likely coming to an end. Every time ESPN hires some 21-year-old former cheerleader on the off chance that she could be "the next Erin Andrews," the real Erin Andrews diminishes a bit in influence.
But that's only because she's playing the part of the perky blond Barbie with a brain and that's a young girl's game! The seductive temptress who can rip out a man's heart with a sigh and an eye roll—that's a lot tougher for the young girls to pull off. And it's a lot more powerful. Right now, Andrews is walking the line between the two, but is starting to veer towards the latter.
And not a moment too soon. I've loved Erin Andrews for years, but like a lot of people, I've grown tired of her sorority girl style. As those idiots on Bravo say, "she's a grown ass woman," and I think it's time for a new direction. I never even considered the cougar thing an option for her until today—but I'm definitely digging the idea.
Erin Andrews: From sorority Barbie to seductive Cougar. I'm in, are you?