Olbermann Blasts Reporters Who Blasted Alex Flanagan

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

I thought Alex Flanagan did a fine job as one of the sideline reporters during the Super Bowl, but not everyone agreed. Two of those people were, Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union and Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald, and Keith Olbermann has come to Ms. Flanagan's defense. Here is the clip via Fang's Bites....

The quote that the articles highlight was Flangan's use of an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote, and while I rolled my eyes at the time, I didn't think it was nearly as bad as Dougherty or Cox did. Still though, it's funny that Olbermann took the time to call them out on national television.

Oh and Keith, it's the Albany Times Union....not Herald.

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She was awful.

An embodiment of terrible, awful announcing.

Jim Ignatowski looks like a caffeine addict next to her. Why did it take her forever to speak her lines...

hollywood wags said...
Feb 3, 2009, 4:03:00 PM  

People that quote F. Scott Fitzgerald should be nowhere near the Super Bowl. See: Miller, Dennis.

GMoney said...
Feb 3, 2009, 4:11:00 PM  

I have no problem with her quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald, who as Olbermann pointed out is one of America's greatest writers.

And while I did not think she was awful at the Super Bowl, there is room for improvement. Alex is someone who, if she gets more work on on the big stage, can be a good sideline reporter, I think. It also does not hurt her at all that she's so much more pleasing to look at than Andrea Kremer...

JFein said...
Feb 3, 2009, 4:25:00 PM  

Olby's trying to get into her pants.

I guess Rachel Maddow spurned his advances.

hollywood wags said...
Feb 3, 2009, 4:41:00 PM  

Ay, gotta consider the alternatives. Tiki? The Bus?

I'll take Ms. Flanagan anytime, even though I think Melissa Stark would have been a better choice and she's employed by NBC.

Matt Barnes said...
Feb 3, 2009, 4:55:00 PM  

Alex was OK, and she was better to look at than Andrea Kramer, but did no better than Andrea on the sidelines (I still don't get your unjustified hate on Andrea, AA).

Otherwise, NBC used their sideline reporters very little, which in the case of the Super Bowl, I would consider effective.

stephen said...
Feb 3, 2009, 5:05:00 PM  

No problems with the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote; I thought it was apt, upscale, more than the lowest-common-denominator crap we sometimes get with football.

But I did have a problem with her speaking softly and as if on whatever Prozac squared was. It's a football game, not a funeral. Kolber seemed at least excited to be there; Flanagan was just there.

Andy said...
Feb 3, 2009, 5:46:00 PM  

What is an 'MSNBC?'

Chris said...
Feb 3, 2009, 7:48:00 PM  

Alex Flanagan and Andrea Kremer teamed up to create the most useless sideline duo in Super Bowl history.

Keith is saying this because it's NBC, she's part of the staff, he can't just agree.

SSReporters said...
Feb 3, 2009, 7:58:00 PM  

Keith who?

pd said...
Feb 3, 2009, 11:04:00 PM  

Keith Olbermann quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald at the drive thru.

Anonymous said...
Feb 3, 2009, 11:05:00 PM  

Flannigan sounds like a G-damned muppet.

Michael said...
Feb 4, 2009, 1:07:00 AM  

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