I really don't like "guy talk." I'm sure there is a place for it on radio. Hell, there's a place for shows about pretty much anything you like when you combine terrestrial and satellite radio. But, what makes "guy talk" so insidious is that it masquerades as sports talk simply because, well clearly all dudes who like to listen to people talk about sports also want to hear them talk about chicks and movies and goddamn chicken wings. This is America, son!
Enter ESPN 97.5 KNFC, home of the lunch show the Rush featuring program director Dave Tepper and Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon. On Thursday, they spent some time in Beaumont talking to coaches from teams at Lamar University. One of the coaches was Holly Bruder, who is presiding over the inaugural season of women's softball at Lamar. Unlike the male coaches, Tepper and Solomon had a whole different set of questions for Bruder.
The Beaumont Enterprise posted audio from the show and examples in a recent story.
Tepper: "Do you have any Jennie Finch-looking girls on your softball team that I can come and watch?"
Tepper: "In a way, for a guy that likes some of these thick softball chicks, maybe you bring some more guys to the ballpark if they wore a little less out there on the diamond."
Tepper: "If you're recruiting Kate Upton, I'd like to see what position she would (play)."
Solomon: "Has a woman ever asked you to sign her breasts when you do autographs?"
Tepper: "Is it a benefit for a softball player to have a full chest like her or is it better to not?"
HA HA! Get it? She's a lady, so they asked her about boobs and hot chicks! CLASSIC!
They even brought up the recent stir over the blog post on 610 AM's website heard round the world where Anna-Megan Raley under pen name Claire Crawford asked the question we've all been dying to ask: is this hot cheerleader for the Thunder too damn fat for cheerleading?
To that Bruder actually said she might be too fat, but that she looked like she would make a good softball player. Way to bring it, coach?
Bruder was mostly a good sport and tried to play along. Solomon, for his part, was apologetic at the end and, in truth, wasn't the primary instigator. That was Tepper. But whoever decided in pre-show, "Hey, let's talk about boobs and stuff with this legitimate collegiate coach because it'll be SO funny," was wrong on two accounts.
First, it is asinine to treat a college coach in that manner. You wouldn't ask a male coach about his players' junk or if they had any hot guys on their team this year, so asking it of a female coach is not only insulting, but stupid. Secondly, and more to the point, it wasn't funny. It reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Jerry complains to a priest that he believes dentist
Kenneth Tim Whatley converted to Judaism for the jokes. When asked if this offended him as a Jew, Jerry responded, "No, it offends me as a comedian."
Just because you and your buddies think it is HILARIOUS to talk about Kate Upton's tits and softball players wearing skimpy outfits to sell tickets with a female softball coach doesn't mean it is. I'll help you out: it's not, unless you are both prepubescent teens and, even then, it's best suited for school hallway snickering, not sports radio.