With one of the great announcing careers television has seen and 73 years of living under his belt, Brent Musburger is not into apologizing for his thoughts or words.
Musburger hasn't come out and said as much, but he might as well have. His close to ESPN's Monday night college basketball broadcast of Kansas-Baylor has it all between the lines.
Check out the video. Musburger either says Holly Rowe "was really smokin' tonight" or the game was. The room for interpretation revolves around if Musburger says "it" or "who."
ESPN's Josh Krulewitz will have us believe he said "it."
Simply stated: "Brent said the word 'it.' We are moving on."— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) January 15, 2013
The problem with this is the 61-44 win by Kansas had virtually no elements where "smokin'" would be an accurate word of description. Seriously, check out the box score from this clunker.
Here's the thing, though: Whether it was "who" or "it" doesn't matter. Musburger's real intent is the same.
Remember, it was just a week ago when Musburger's comments on Katherine Webb during the BCS title game raised enough ire for ESPN to formally issue an apology via Twitter (per the Los Angeles Times).
You'll notice that ESPN apologized for Musburger—he didn't apologize himself, and it is now clear he didn't feel he should.
This was no slip of the tongue. Musburger didn't get as far as he has in his line of work by making slips of the tongue or even mumbling words. This was Musburger's way of telling all of us he is not sorry. And you know what? I respect him for it.
In a world that is flooded with insincere comments designed solely to manipulate the public perception of the person uttering the nonsense (see: Lance Armstrong for latest evidence), it is refreshing to see someone stand outside of that sordid game.
I have no more use for hollow apologies or bogus excuses. Musburger is not insulting our intelligence by offering up either.
Not to mention, it is ridiculous to hold Musburger in any contempt for his comments in the first place. We live in a society that values, celebrates and is fixated on looks.
It is why the cameras kept showing Webb during the BCS championship game and why beautiful people almost exclusively fill up our TV screens.
When it came to Webb, Musburger was simply giving his take on her looks. While he did this with gusto that was more than many wanted a 73-year-old to use, he was putting a voice to the reason Webb was becoming a story and grabbing new Twitter followers at breakneck speeds.
Isn't it his job to comment on the sights of the broadcast and get to the heart of the story?
When it comes to his comments on Rowe or on the game (whichever was really the case), that was Musburger letting us all know this is a mad world and it's just a little absurd that any apology for what he said was needed.
I'm ready for the societal fixation on looks to wane, but at least Musburger isn't trying to pretend it isn't a prevalent topic or thought.