Thanks For Making My Point About Suzyn Waldman, Frank Deford

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Three posts back I was talking about how woman aren't respected in Sports and Suzyn Waldman's crying was not helping them at all. Everyone knows that men run the Sports World and it's extra tough to get ahead if you're a woman....that's just a fact. Well Frank Deford's latest piece on Monday Night Football proves my point for me perfectly....

So, on Monday night football, I love it when the sideline announcers are allowed on stage for a moment or two. Sideline announcers are sports television's way of acknowledging that women can now be let out of the kitchen. Sideline announcers are role models for little girls. And I love sideline announcers myself. Not because they are women, but because they have women's voices. I finally come to life when I hear a sideline announcer. I am like a dog who can suddenly hear a shrill sound no human being can.

It is babblebabblebabbleboth-feet-were-inboundsbabblebabble/safetyblitz/yadayada/
two-tight-ends-clock-management/yadayada and then (in falsetto) babblebabblebabble/concussion-team-trainer-babblebabble/turf-toe-gone-to-the
-locker-room/yadayada/halftime-pep-talk.
Wow. Thanks Frank. First of all, whether you're being sarcastic or not, the women/kitchen line....uhh that's not kosher. Second, like I said above....thanks for proving my point.

It's people like Deford that discredit and make a joke about women in Sports to keep them down. So when crying is looked at mostly as a "Female Emotion" (I don't necessarily believe that...just stating the facts), it's not going to help any women in Sports if you do it on the air. Look I'm not a fan of Sideline Reporters either, but you can't go off the deep end with remarks like this. I've always enjoyed Deford in the past, but I think I'll change the channel/turn the page when he's featured.

Three's a crowd (CNNSI)

P.S.- You can't tell the MNF Announcers apart? Really???

P.P.S.- I wonder how your lovely wife (pictured above) feels about that comment?

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:40 PM

12 Comments:

"I approve."

Signed,

Don Imus

Kyle said...
Oct 11, 2007, 1:04:00 PM  

I call for a full ESPN town hall meeting on the issue of women in sports broadcasting featuring Erin Andrews, Rachel Nichols, Melissa Stark, and lots of jello.

Anonymous said...
Oct 11, 2007, 1:11:00 PM  

I approve.

Signed,
Wags

I'm not going to really apologize, because when I hear the women on the sidelines yammering on about feelings and someone's fucking dog dying, then telling us she'll finish the point after a play, it's PONDEROUS, MAN, PONDEROUS.

And if we are to believe Suzee, that's her doing, not some producer's.

What Deford might be saying is that he doesn't agree with the cute little mascot affectation the women on the sidelines have.

That is, except Pam Oliver.

I think she's actually pretty good. She gives a shit about what is important, FOOTBALL!

It's a man's game, cut the feelings and cooking, dogs dying and all the dumb stories shit.

Imagine if there was a guy sideline reporter at a female football game and he went on and on trying to "masculineize" the players of the game.

Would the feminists go bonkers? Of course.

Why don't we have masculinists, just feminists? I guess I just hear too much about how we need to remove the masculinity from boys and shit like that. Can't play dodge ball! Can't play with toy guns!

So we get female sideline reporters and women announcers, crying women announcers.

Ok, I'm off my soapbox. That felt good.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 11, 2007, 1:29:00 PM  

Perhaps Waldman simply cried because she was finally given microphone time by Sterling and didn't know what to do with it. Regardless both are miserable at their jobs, Waldman adds nothing to radio broadcasts ever and Sterling is blind as a bat and gets so many calls wrong it's completely unacceptable.

Maybe Joe Torre can get the radio color commenter job next week.

Simon said...
Oct 11, 2007, 1:31:00 PM  

Fair play, wags. I just couldn't help making a bad Don Imus joke. Suzyn Waldman is awful, and the fact she was so quick to call her detractors "anti-female" pretty much shows she knows crying on air was unprofessional.

Kyle said...
Oct 11, 2007, 1:33:00 PM  

She played the Vag Card.

Hell, that's what Katie Couric did when people didn't warm up to her Oprahized news cast, which sucks big time.

The poor, poor women...

One thing is for sure, a woman will never get an RPG shot into their leg.

RPG surgery

No offense to the women, but the equiality they want seems to be a one way street with four lanes for the women.

Can you see Thom Brenneman crying over a Reds game?

Maybe this will be the new chic thing for guy bradcasters to do, to show their solidarity with the Women's movement.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 11, 2007, 2:52:00 PM  

Deford looks like a poor man's Frank Costanza.

GMoney said...
Oct 11, 2007, 4:00:00 PM  

uhh, i read deford's comments completely differently. it sounded to me like he was being part "feminist" or whatever, and talking about how stupid it is that networks only use women for sideline reporters. i think that "out of the kitchen" line was a joke and is perfectly kosher.

Anonymous said...
Oct 11, 2007, 5:05:00 PM  

Brian Kenny just mentioned the site on SportsCenter while talking about Suzyn Waldman's reaction: "It's never a good thing to make awfulannouncing.com."

Anonymous said...
Oct 11, 2007, 6:40:00 PM  

wags- I know if I was a Reds broadcaster, I'd be crying every night. I don't know how George Grande holds it together...

Bruce said...
Oct 11, 2007, 6:42:00 PM  

Frank Deford and Dr. Zzzzzzzzzz are two stinking old crotches. Arrrgggghhhhhhh!!!

Anonymous said...
Oct 11, 2007, 10:19:00 PM  

His wife probably has a sense of humor and isn't a PC nazi

Anonymous said...
Oct 12, 2007, 12:00:00 PM  

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