I’m sure it was well deserved, because I’ve been a Visser fan since 1974, when she started covering sports for the Boston Globe. She has always been a superior talent.
I took note, because I didn’t know there was an award for the number one female sportscaster. I had no idea there was a “male” award and a “female” award. Journalism awards (even sports journalism) are not the Oscars (best actor, best actress). Or maybe they are. They keep changing the rules on me.
(By the way, the ASA board of directors is made up of Dick Enberg, Lou Schwartz, Jon Miller, Jim Nantz and Bill Walton. Not a female in the bunch, though I’m sure Jim got in touch with his feminine side endorsing furniture. It being sports, maybe they broke it down to the “Testosterone Division” and the “Estrogen Division.”)
I suspect the line of thinking went something like, “A Visser or Kremer can’t compete for an award against a Costas or Nantz. So let’s give ’em their own award.”
Separate and unequal.
Which brings us to the reprehensible peephole videotaping of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews.
The most strongly worded protestations of this ugly incident have been written mostly by men who feel guilty about calling her a babe, and ogling the pictures of her chest and derrière, which have been all over sports web sites since she first gained notice for her looks and her work. And her looks.
The semi-respected sports web site Deadspin has suddenly gone from publishing her “T & A” photos to monitoring the coverage of this story as it unfolds.
The truth is, Erin Andrews is a babe. A fabulous babe. A smart, sexy babe with a great job that puts her on a field with athletes and coaches, some of whom are also smart and sexy.
But no matter how smart and talented she may be, she’s playing on a different field than her male counterparts.
From the Associated Press: “…she was something of an Internet sensation even before the video’s circulation. She has been referred to as “Erin Pageviews” because of the traffic that video clips and photos of her generate, and Playboy magazine named her “sexiest sportscaster” in both 2008 and 2009.”
And so it goes in the internet age. I’m sure no one’s googled Al Michaels to look at pictures of his butt.
Maybe that’s why the ASA hands out a seperate award to female sportscasters.
But it just shouldn’t be.