Outsports.com breaks down sports media like no other, and has an update on one of its most prolific members of the homoerotic comment Hall of Fame: Jon Gruden.
Before we get to Gruden’s performance last night, let’s do a little fact-checking first. Or in Gruden’s case, make that ab-checking - as Tampa Bay coach in 2002:
The meeting was brief, the request bizarre. Tampa Bay Coach Jon Gruden didn’t ask [quarterback] Rob Johnson to throw a pass or even set foot on the football field. A stack of videotapes told Gruden everything he needed to know. Well, almost everything.
“He asked me to lift my shirt to see my abs,” said Johnson, 29. “He’s just crazy like that. He wanted to see how hard I’ve worked.”
“I’ll be the first to say I like this guy,” said Gruden. “I see something in this guy.”
Can’t say Gruden had a lot of company on that one.
Now onto the coach’s performance in the
two way mirrored darkly lit booth last night…
Situation: Packers need the first of two touchdowns plus 2-point conversions. They score the touchdown and then line up for the conversion.
Mike Tirico: “You go for two point plays, going in from the one. Does that change where you go on your playsheet?”
Gruden: “Yeah you go to your goal line offense. But it all depends on what you feel about the Viking defense. I’d stay out of the goal line offense, we saw what [the Viking’s defense] did to that earlier. They’re gonna spread ‘em and take their chances.”
As a hetero male, I reflexively reject connecting the dots on comments like the above - especially when those remarks emanate out of a pro football broadcast booth. But it’s always interesting to get a different perspective.
Question: If the WNBA and LPGA embrace gay-friendly advertisers, why don’t you think the NFL does? Would the practice alienate the audience?