Larry Thornberry | PMS at ESPN

As alert observers know, one of the principle differences between men and women is that women have PMS, while men have ESPN. A much better deal. But Tuesday, ESPN had an acute attack of PMS.

By the time Monday night when Brent Musburger crooned a bit about the manifest beauty of quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, the only issue on the field was whether Bama’s point after touchdown kicker would have to be treated after the game for exhaustion. The Irish had about as much chance against the Crimson Tide Monday as an armadillo has against a steel-belted radial. Had it been a fight, the ref would have awarded Bama a TKO in the second.

Musburger’s innocuous aside about beauty in the stands was a brief and welcome break from carnage on the field. And what he said during a wildly non-competitive game about the comely Katherine Webb was decorous, though banal, and without a hint of the leer. Read and judge for yourself: After calling attention to the obvious, that Webb is a beauty, Musburger added: “You quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman.” “Wow,”analyst Kirk Herbstreit analyzed.” “Whoa!” back to Musburger. “If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with Pop.” (Video here.)


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