The time has come for the big January bowl games, which usually means a healthy helping of Brent Musburger ogling female spectators to an uncomfortable degree. But the venerable broadcaster found a whole new way to disrespect women during Monday night's Sugar Bowl game between Oklahoma and Auburn: first by going overboard in praise of Sooners running back (and documented woman-beater) Joe Mixon, and later by self-righteously taking down those who would dare to question him.
The controversial remarks kicked off in the second quarter:
"It was troubling. Very troubling to see. We talked to the coaches and they all swear that the young man is doing fine. Like I said, Oklahoma thought he might transfer but he sat out the suspension, reinstated, and folks he's just...he's one of the best.
Let's hope, given a second chance by Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. Let's hope this young man makes the most of his chance and goes on to have a career in the National Football League."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a few Social Justice Warriors in the hippie Internet commune took exception to Musburger's comments. He must have caught wind of the backlash somehow, because he came out guns-blazing in the third:
"Apparently some people were very upset when I wished this young man well at the next level. Let me make something perfectly clear: What he did with that young lady was brutal, uncalled for—he's apologized. He was tearful. He got a second chance.
He got a second chance. From Bob Stoops. I happen to pull for people with second chances. Let me make it absolutely clear: I hope he has a wonderful career and he teaches people with that brutal, violent video. OK? Second down and nine."
Sheesh. At least he didn't hit us with a taste of the old, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Despite Musburger's objections, there remain some who believe that, in a civil society, there exist certain crimes for which apologizing and being tearful isn't enough punishment. Mixon broke four bones in a woman's face. Maybe it's OK not to cheer for him in this case.