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Good Thing Brent Musburger Wasn't Announcing At Kapalua!

Dustin Johnson won the Hyundai Tournament of Some Champions and while it had its moments, according to Doug Ferguson, the reaction first centered on Johnson again teasing us with his epic talent (John Strege has that covered) before the online chatter turned to Paulina Gretzky, interested spectator.

Alex Myers provides the speculation on her presence, J.D. Cuban the images.

Meanwhile Brent Musburger is taking some heat prompting ESPN to apologize for the 73-year-old announcer fawning over Alabama QB A.J. McCarron's girlfriend early into the BCS title game.

Mary Pilon's NY Times story on Musberger included this condemnation of the geezer game caller:

“It’s extraordinarily inappropriate to focus on an individual’s looks,” said Sue Carter, a professor of journalism at Michigan State. “In this instance, the appearance of the quarterback’s girlfriend had no bearing on the outcome of the game. It’s a major personal violation, and it’s so retrograde that it’s embarrassing. I think there’s a generational issue, but it’s incumbent on people practicing in these eras to keep up and this is not a norm.”

Generational? That goes for you too, Myers and Cuban! Different generation.

Jason Sobel writes about Johnson's win and all the reasons to envy him and it sounds like Johnson was better prepared than an understandably stunned McCarron was when he realized how much personal life prying was going on.

When asked about his relationship with her after the tournament, Johnson responded, “Does it matter?” When informed that inquiring minds wanted to know, he followed, “I don’t know who you’re talking about,” while a huge smile splashed across his face.

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I'm beginning to think golf writers are all secretly auditioning for TMZ, who cares who DJ is dating?

For her sake, I hope she's not looking for something monogamous
01.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Impressive! Good golf also.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
I'd be more inclined to accommodate that broad from the Times if she diverted even a fractional amount of attention towards institutional hiring that is "focus[ed] on an individual's looks" in the broadcast journalism industry at large.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAce
The last time something like this happened to DJ at Kapalua, he had to skip the Sony and high-tail it back to South Carolina because he left the stove on, or something.

Looks like The Great One sired The Fake One - silicone mammaries that is.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Musberger was not the producer or director who kept camera shots on the chick, oh, and ''the mom''...these girlfriend/wife in th stands deals are as old as TV itself, and I am ALWAYS annoyed when something ig happens and they show fans in the stan/the mom/the wife/the girlriend- or in my favorite motorsport-drag racing --3.7 second run and stopping from 330 MPH, and they show 4 camera angles instead of one cmaera for the whopping less than 4 seconds, and then they show the winning crew at the starting line high fiving, instead of the car stopping, sometimes as thrilling an adventure as the run itself....

So I give Brent a pass- he was just providing audio for the camera shot- she is a Miss SC or something, so photos are her money.

Having just read Wammer Jammer xx.xx by a NYT/NY reporter, about Roll Tide RVers, I must admit to climbing on board, instead of being a good Altar Boy. Bwaaaa! Roll Tide! recommended book, btw......ask and I'll be more exact on the autor and title.

Go Musberger! Give 'em hell!
01.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Uh elf, only people reading TMZ or gossiping would be able to make a statement about monogamy in this instance. I don't know enough about Dustin's personal life or care to make such a statement.
01.8.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
@geoff you hear things (and I've never pretended to be above a little gossip, time & place for everything & heck I've seen plants of it on this blog)
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterElf
It just proves that we knew what we were talking about as teens - chicks dig the long ball.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
this woman has been a constant embarrassment to her father and her family...

sez alot about DJ that he could keep company with this type of person (reminds of some of the recent female selections made by other top pros)

free internet advice for DJ, hit it and quit it (run like hell, this chick is compensating for serious personal problems)
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUmp
It's Musburger.

And digsouth is right. Brent is following the shots on his monitor and what he's told is coming up by his producer/director. As Red Barber said, "You're No. 1 in radio and a very weak No. 2 in television."

Prof. Barber is an ordained minister. That might have been mentioned in the NYT story (and if it was, sorry I missed it).

Then the Puritans at ESPN apologized, sort of, which makes the whole thing that much bigger. Two radio stations I listened to in my city last night were talking about it at the same time. But I'd fancy that Miss Alabama USA is rather liking the attention.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bell
Nice stance
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUnderTheChin
Looks matter? Who knew?
Good looking 20something millionaire is seen with a hot blonde in Hawaii. Is that really news?
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRH
I'm ok with someone critiquing Musberger, but before doing so, a bit of examination, including self examination, is in order.
There is a reason the camera found gf and mom. Somewhere, there is network tv data that says the audience likes it.
There is a reason the USC Song Girls are attractive and wear outfits enhancing their beauty . . . because the audience likes it.
There is a reason that many of the on field reporters for ESPN and other networks are attractive women . . . because the audience likes it.
Gov's nonPC observation: the difference between a cheerleader and a pole dancer may be one of degree, not kind.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
Musburger is a harmless old fool who meant no creepy harm. But he should've retired five years ago.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Johnson carries himself like he;s the biggest stud on the tour. No mention of her on Golf Channel or Morning Drive that I've heard....yet.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
@Gov: USC Cheerleaders are of another species entirely. I've known that since the days of John McKay.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Like IQ's attract.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBuffett
In the days of John McKay there were only male cheerleaders. The story was that some elderly lady donated a ton of money to the school with the stipulation that there would always be only male cheerleaders. USC was one of the last to change, presumably because the donor had gone to visit the great Tommy Trojan in the sky.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn S.
What is the world coming to when calling somebody a "beautiful woman" and commenting on the good luck of her boyfriend is considered offensive?
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLip Out
One good thing about DJ is that although he does not acknowledge it, he does not deny it. The smirk gives it away and he is having some fun with it.

Contrast this to Eldrick who steadfastly remained that he was the world's #1 family man & superdad, all in an effort to seduce family-orientated sponsors (Buick, Gillette, Accenture, AT&T) to sign him up for tens of millions a year.

"Family is just so important to me"

01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob
Hope DJ isn't intertested in an actual realtionship....PG has been plucked more times than an irish harp
01.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
What a touchy old country we have become. Here we have a woman who competes in beauty contests, an announcer calls her beautiful, and the network feels compelled to apologize? wtf?

Re DJ's new squeeze, I for one am glad to be informed about these things. But why is she called "Gretzky's" child? Did she spring fully formed from his forehead? I seem to recall she has a gorgeous-athlete mom in Janet Jones.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterClaude
Now I can understand why DJ didn't seem irked by all the delays when he was "forced" to return to the hotel!
Good for DJ. I'm not a big fan of his, but for those piling on about what a train wreck she is and blah blah... let him make his own mistakes just like every human being does.
If any of these posters wouldn't be doing the same thing DJ is then they're lying to themselves. It just shows that the internet sidelines are the easiest place to be in today's world.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
So ESPN will publicly apologize and then continue going about their business of showing several camera shots of every home teams cheerleaders. hypocrites!

who cares that the camera shows good looking women in the crowd. majority of people watching are male. the fact that musburger felt he owed anyone an apology is stupid.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie
Thanks, Lynn. All I know is that the USC cheerleaders I first noticed, probably in the annually televised USC-Notre Dame game or when Ohio State got beaten like a drum in the Rose Bowl, were out of this world!
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Jon Stewart was pretty passionate on his Jan. 8 show. "We have become a nation of over-reactors."
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterClaude
ump, he will, that's his MO. jj, he's not, just taking his turn at the plate. Like mother like daughter...
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Musberger bottomed out, and has gotten better, IMO.

WOW! Pretty mom.

Young woman makes mistake- fame inherited puts her in the public eye...I have 3 daughters, and I can assure you they have made big mistakes, thankfully without public comment. Ley yjese peple live their lives, and if a photo happens, ok.... I have a friend who is or was a pro for Getty and then Sky, and he is working in HI--- I am want to ask him about Gretsjy pix.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
What Hugh Hefner did is repulsive: what Musberger did was report.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I wish the New York Times would have posted a picture of every person quoted in their article on Musberger. Then we could have decided if that person was an unbiased observer, or merely jealous. Absent any evidence, I would bet on the latter.

As to DJ's latest interest - Brent was wrong - its not just QB's who get the good looking ones.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterFan
anyone else think its funny that her implant selection makes her silhouette look photoshop'd?
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUmp
My imagination leads me to believe the professor of journalism at Michigan rises in the morning, puts on make up and fixes her hair so she looks her best, dresses in beautiful attire, puts on a nice watch, drives her beautiful BWM to a manicured campus, and walks into a swank office.

Most things are to suit the eye for beauty or catch other's eyes to look at you. And women generally know how to do that. Especially if genetically inclined by chance and with extra money after life's necessities.

My guess is that most women would agree she is beautiful, TV showed her one or two times more than needed, and the old Brent is getting to be a bit of a geezer, or a creeper as a young girl would say.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterwho knows
This post about the Musberger incident is pretty good.

Since both parties seem amused by his comments - and the massive twitter reactions - what is all the fuss about :-)
01.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSGarrett
The QB's girlfriend made page 2 in my small town newspaper.
01.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
PGretzky certainly gets around, as shown by this Instagram slide show: Classy lady.

As for Brett, it wasn't so much what he said as the drooling-lecher way he said it. Sportswriter Steve Politi tweeted, "Brent Musberger. Making women uncomfortable since 1978."
01.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
Kindred makes several unassailable points, as he generally does. Two more things though: (1) Mrs. Ghost says it's OK to look, especially if that is the object of the subject's appearance; just leave off the sound effects. (2) And just remember, they stopped looking back about 30 years ago. Smart woman, Mrs. Ghost.
01.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
"I like to bite down on them and pray for lockjaw"

Can someone at DG please get Dan Jenkins on the line and BEG him to do some Twiting about DJ's new squeeze? Pretty Please???!!!
01.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

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