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Brent Musburger blasts NFL over Jon Gruden situation

Jon Gruden in a Raiders hat

Jon Gruden recently filed a lawsuit against the NFL over his leaked email scandal, and one legendary broadcaster seems to think the former Las Vegas Raiders coach had a strong case.

Brent Musburger, the former voice of college football who now does radio calls for the Raiders, shared some strong thoughts on the Gruden situation this week. He told J.T. The Brick of the Las Vegas Sports Network that he believes Gruden was the target of a “paid assassin.”

“As I told Coach, whoever took you out, Jon, that was a paid assassin,” Musburger said, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “That was one of the best hit jobs that I’ve ever been around. They didn’t go to their media goombahs. They didn’t leak this to Adam Schefter or one of those guys that breaks stories. They first went to the Wall Street Journal. And when Gruden was still coaching after that, then they dumped the rest of it on the New York Times. That was a professional hit job.”

Gruden stepped down as head coach of the Raiders several weeks ago after two rounds of his offensive personal emails leaked. He filed a lawsuit against the NFL that accuses the league of intentionally releasing the emails at a time that would inflict maximum damage. Gruden also says the NFL threatened to release the second batch of emails if the first leak didn’t cost him his job.

Musburger isn’t convinced that the leak came from the NFL, as he mentioned that the Washington Football Team also had access to the emails. However, he said it would be shameful if the NFL were responsible.

“So I think the hardest part for Gruden’s lawyers to prove is that somebody from the National Football League actually leaked that,” Musburger added. “Because if it is somebody from the NFL, shame on them. Because (Raiders owner) Mark Davis should have been told in the summer, when he had something to do about it.”

The emails Gruden sent came from the 2011-2018 time period. They were uncovered during the NFL’s investigation into the Washington Football Team regarding the franchise’s workplace environment. More than 650,000 emails were reviewed as part of the investigation, but the NFL has reportedly claimed Gruden’s were the only damaging ones.

Someone who spoke with Gruden last month said the former coach believes the “truth” will eventually come out.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden takes the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Musburger shares statement on death of Irv Cross

Irv Cross

Brent Musburger shared a statement on Sunday regarding the death of his former coworker, Irv Cross.

Cross died on Sunday at the age of 81. Cross played college ball at Northwestern and later became a two-time Pro Bowler with the Philadelphia Eagles. After playing, Cross went into broadcasting, where he was part of CBS’ “The NFL Today” team.

Musburger was the host of the show, along with Cross and Phyllis George, from 1975-1989.

Musburger is the only living member of the NFL Today group that included him, George, Cross and Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder. George died last year.

Cross was the 2009 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award handed out by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was diagnosed with mild cognitive dementia a few years prior to his death. Cross wished for his brain to be tested for CTE.

Brent Musburger releases statement on death of Phyllis George

Brent Musburger

Brent Musburger shared a statement praising Phyllis George, who died on Thursday at the age of 70.

George won Miss America in 1971 and was Miss Texas in 1970. In 1975, she joined “The NFL Today”, becoming one of the first females to have a national role in a sports broadcasting program.

Musburger and Irv Cross co-hosted “The NFL Today”, with George as a reporter. Here is what Musburger said about his former colleague:

“Phyllis George was special. Her smile lit up millions of homes for the NFL Today.

“Phyllis didn’t receive nearly enough credit for opening the sports broadcasting door for the dozens of talented women who took her lead and soared.

“Folks – men and women – were comfortable with Phyllis talking about their favorite sport. And in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, they loved Phyllis despite her Dallas Cowboys bias!

“RIP Phyllis. Irv Cross and I will miss you dearly.”

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, George died from complications due to a blood disorder she had managed since her mid-30s.

Brent Musburger sends creepy tweet about Katherine McCarron

Brent Musburger is at it again.

Five and a half years after making AJ McCarron’s girlfriend into a star, Musburger and the McCarrons have been reunited in a way. And Musburger decided to remind everyone about that via Twitter.

“Welcome A.J. McCarron to the Raider family. Can’t wait for the “beautiful “ Mrs. McCarron to join us in Oakland” Musburger tweeted.

Musburger was recently named the new radio voice of the Oakland Raiders, replacing Greg Papa. On Saturday, McCarron was traded to the Raiders. AJ and Katherine have since married.

Maybe Musburger was just making a joke by referencing his past comments about Katherine, but this won’t sit well with many. ESPN apologized for Musburger drooling over Katherine during the national championship game. Meanwhile, Musburger continues to defend his actions and is still talking about it.

Brent Musburger rips NBC over new SkyCam angle

Brent Musburger

NBC tried out a new camera angle for the entirety of Thursday’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Tennessee Titans game, and let’s just say that Brent Musburger is not a fan.

Musburger, a longtime sportscaster who retired earlier this year, took aim at NBC’s use of the “SkyCam” on “Thursday Night Football” with a tweet sent after the game.

“Yo NBC sports. Great job on intimate portrait of Steelers’ game. Casual fans don’t give a s— where the safeties are positioned. Ratings are tied to fans, not future coaches,” Musburger tweeted (edited for profanity).

The 78-year-old called games for ABC/ESPN from 1990 until early this year. Prior to that he was a longtime CBS broadcaster. Both networks used the traditional sideline camera angle for football games.

The feedback on the SkyCam has been mixed. NBC used the angle extensively out of necessity while airing a Patriots-Falcons game because the heavy fog made it difficult to see the field from the far away angles. The response was positive then, which led NBC to use it more last week, and then to use it for the entire game on Thursday night.

I definitely do not prefer the SkyCam as my primary angle for viewing games because it’s tougher to see the entire field and judge distances. However, it’s nice as a secondary view on replays because you can see things like line play and blitzes much better.

Brent Musburger not impressed with Tony Romo as broadcaster

Tony Romo

Tony Romo has drawn rave reviews from many NFL fans during his first month calling NFL regular season games, but one legendary broadcaster has not been the slightest bit impressed with the former quarterback’s work.

Brent Musburger, who officially retired from calling games earlier this year to pursue a sports handicapping business, told the Vegas Stats & Information Network this week that he believes Romo is off to a terrible start.

“Tony, get off it,” Musburger said. “First of all, you’re intruding on your play-by-play man, Jim Nantz, whose just trying to give us the scene. We like to watch the game, OK? … The more years you spend away from the league, you’re gonna know less and less about the personnel that’s out on the field. So I’m blowing a ‘stop the hype’ right now.”

Romo and Nantz have sounded a bit more uncomfortable together than Nantz sounded with former broadcasting partner Phil Simms, but that was to be expected. There are going to be some growing pains for an ex-player who has no experience in the booth. One of the reasons CBS was so confident in offering Romo a huge role is that his work ethic is undeniable, so he should only be expected to get better.

Romo has shown off his insane football IQ by predicting plays before they happen, and fans seem to enjoy that. There are times when it could sound a bit arrogant, but, again, that’s something he can and will work on. For the most part, Romo has drawn rave reviews from viewers.

If Romo thought bulletin board material only existed as a motivator during his playing days, Musburger just showed him he was wrong.

H/T Bro Bible

Brent Musburger defends praising Katherine Webb for being ‘beautiful’

Brent Musburger

It has been more than four years since former ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger made Katherine Webb a household name, but here we are still talking about it. Mursburger doesn’t understand why.

During the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, Musburger called Webb “beautiful” and a “lovely lady” when she was shown by ESPN’s cameras. Webb was dating former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron at the time, and the two are now married. In a recent interview with SEC Country, Musburger says he has no idea what all the fuss was about.

“I called a beauty queen beautiful,” he said. “Give me a break. I mean, come on. That was like, ‘What are you talking about?'”

Musburger also told broadcast partner Kirk Herbstreit — a former Ohio State quarterback — that “you quarterbacks get all the good-looking women.” Musburger said that was a compliment to Herbstreit and his wife.

“I had just been out to dinner with Herbstreit and his wife the night before,” he explained. “So the rest of the comments were addressed to him. … I thought it was silly, to tell you the truth.”

McCarron, who is a backup quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals, married Webb back in 2014. Musburger said he is glad the couple is so happy, and he maintains that Webb is “beautiful.”

“I wish them the best,” he said. “And AJ, I’m glad that they’re happily married. I hope they live happily ever after. … Katherine remains beautiful, in my opinion.”

In Musburger’s defense, the whole thing was overblown. Even if he took it a bit too far, he didn’t deserve some of the backlash he received from people like this fellow broadcaster.

Brent Musburger retiring from sports broadcasting

Brent Musburger

As of Feb. 1, Brent Musburger will no longer be calling sporting events for ESPN or any other network.

According to a report from The Associated Press, Musburger is set to retire from sports broadcasting at age 77. His final game on ESPN will be a college basketball matchup between Kentucky and Georgia on Jan. 31.

Musburger has been one of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcasting for decades. In addition to calling some of the biggest moments in sports history during his time on the job, he has also found himself at the center of a few controversies. The most recent came during the Sugar Bowl earlier this month, when Musburger spoke about Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in a positive tone and wished him a very successful NFL career.

Mixon, of course, was suspended for the 2014 season for punching a woman just outside the OU campus, and the video was recently released. He was also suspended for one game this season because of an incident where he was abusive toward a parking attendant.

Both Musburger and ESPN say the comments Brent made about Mixon have nothing to do with his seemingly abrupt retirement.

Musburger says he is planning to move to Las Vegas to help his family start a sports handicapping business.

Brent Musburger criticized for handling of Joe Mixon

Brent Musburger

Brent Musburger is facing criticism for the way he handled the topic of Joe Mixon while calling the Sugar Bowl on Monday.

Musburger was announcing the game between Oklahoma and Auburn for ESPN on Monday when he began talking about Mixon. The Sooners running back was suspended for the 2014 season for punching a woman just outside the OU campus, and the video was recently released.

Here’s what Musburger said about Mixon:

Musburger’s seemingly positive tone about Mixon, which included wishing the Sooners RB well in the NFL, did not go over well with many viewers and media members.

Mixon was also suspended a game this season for an incident where he was abusive towards a parking attendant.

Later in the game, Musburger addressed his comments after realizing they had caused a stir. He doubled down on his support of Mixon.

Brent Musburger burns Bobby Petrino with funny zinger

Bobby Petrino

Brent Musburger may have been demoted by ESPN from the network’s No. 1 college football announcing team to the SEC Network, but he’s still the tops in our books after letting loose with a funny zinger like this.

While announcing the Clemson-Auburn game, Musburger raved about the performance Louisville put up on Thursday in a 70-14 win over Charlotte. He then let loose with a great line about Bobby Petrino:

Petrino is in his third season as head coach of the Cardinals … but this is his second stint at the school. He’s back at Louisville because his coaching career took a nosedive after he was involved in a sex scandal with a former staff member while serving as the head coach at Arkansas. The scandal only came to light after Petrino was involved in a motorcycle crash with the staffer also on the bike. That all happened in 2012, but Musburger has not forgotten about it.