Erin Andrews may have called Justin Verlander Justin Bieber

Erin Andrews, Justin Bieber Verlander and Who Cares?

10/16/13 in MLB   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Fox reporter Erin Andrews on air prior to the kick-off of the Dallas Cowboys playing against the Washington Redskins during a game on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. The Redskins beat the Cowboys 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsThis is not an indictment of either individual, but if Erin Andrews looked like Rosie O’Donnell, would she be working the sidelines of any big sporting event? Would she be doing “stories” (puff pieces) for Fox NFL Sunday? While the number of women who are involved in sports broadcasting has grown exponentially in recent years, much of it is due to the attempt to garner a few extra ratings points than their actual reporting skills. Many men in broadcasting are equally empty vessels, only there because they’re handsome, glib, popular and willing to do the network’s bidding. Due to the inherent sexism, it’s not as glaring as when it’s a female. Female viewers aren’t stopping what they’re doing to gaze longingly at Jimmy Johnson as men are to look at Andrews. 
 
With Andrews, we’re not talking about in-the-trenches, gutsy stuff like Lara Logan on 60 Minutes. She’s the daughter of an Emmy Award winning broadcaster, went to a party school at the University of Florida (majoring in telecommunications) and was on the Gators dance team. She’s there because she’s pretty and popular.
 
There’s nothing wrong with that. She doesn’t seem to be clamoring for industry-wide respect for her reporting skills and is doing the job she’s asked to do. That’s what makes it so absurd when she’s chastised and ridiculed for being what she is. The latest is that she almost called Justin Verlander Justin Bieber after the Red Sox win over the Tigers in game three of the ALCS. You can see it and judge for yourself below.



Let’s say she did call Velrander Bieber. So? She wasn’t interviewing the President of the United States and asking him about Vladimir Putin and referring to him as Vladimir Poopin’. It was Mike Napoli with a ridiculously long beard and extensive array of tattoos decorating his arms. And it was on Fox – the same network that had spent the previous three hours subjecting the listening audience to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. Nobody really cares about these post-game interviews because no one actually says anything worthwhile. The only reason it’s discussed is because Andrews might have made a Freudian slip and that it’s her that made it.

Andrews’s replies on Twitter were just as silly as the uproar and laughter over the mistake.
 

‏‪@ErinAndrews
If u really think I have Bieber on my mind, then u are soooooo right ‪#sarcasm
 

‏‪@ErinAndrews
My lord..people are unreal RT ‪@NDisch: “‪@pvdj: ‪@ErinAndrews did you almost say Justin Bieber instead of Verlander in post game interview?”
 
 
 
Why is she even replying to it? It’s replying that stokes the fire of the trolls and keeps them coming.
If she’s an actual fan of Justin Bieber that would probably more of an indictable offense than making the mistake of referring to Justin Verlander as Bieber. And anyway, who cares? It’s Erin Andrews. Just mute the TV. 
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