On Terry Bradshaw, Jimmy Johnson and sensitivity

Posted by Andy Durham on November 7, 2012 at 11:39 am under Professional | Read the First Comment

We don’t always get it right, but at least we are doing/trying something….

On the recent Terry Bradshaw/Jimmy Johnson flap:

The television broadcasters have a tendency to get silly and to share some inside jokes and it seems like most of the them come from between Terry Bradshaw and Jimmy Johnson…I guess all of that silliness gets people talking as it has done here…..Bradshaw and Johnson have their credentials since both have very extensive and successful pro football backgrounds….Sometimes it is best to look at this, in it’s whole context….This wasn’t as much about Reggie Bush as it was Bradshaw trying to make a silly point with Jimmy Johnson….There is a lot of sensitivity on the table these days and we have to be careful how we serve it up, but with Bradshaw and Johnson’s background they are both very smart and they still try to come across as ‘Good Ole Boys’ and both are probably known for eating a lot of chicken and as was mentioned earlier, Johnson does not need to be eating that chicken with his heart condition….

Brashaw’s comment could have been made in reference to any runningback in any game, but I’d say if he made the comments they would have been going toward black backs, since there are not many white runningbacks at all in the game any more….You look at the teams when they show the photo lineups on TV on Sunday…There are not many white players at all on the field and that is just a fact and it goes with how the times have changed and that is just the way it is….

I don’t know exactly how NBC lines up their football studio teams up, cause I don’t see their pregame shows, cause I am usually down at the basketball court when they start up, but both CBS and FOX try to balance out the broadcast teams racially with FOX at three whites and two blacks and CBS at three whites and two blacks….FOX with lead man Curt Menefee and Michael Strahan(black) and FOX with Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw and Jimmy Johnson(White)….CBS with lead man James Brown and Shannon Sharpe(Black) and Dan Marino, Bommer Easiason and Bill Cowher(White)……Of all of those men, I feel Howie Long is the most under utilized….Terry Bradshaw and Jimmy Johnson carry on so much, I think Howie Long is just sitting there and he could be adding so much more to the pre-game show….Howie to me and maybe to others too, he seems very intelligent and I like his input…On the CBS show Dan Marino seems to be the odd-man out and I feel he could contribute more…..

We all have levels of sensitivity and today the call is to be politically correct….Wonder how a guy like the Art Donavan character from the old HTS show ‘Donovan, Lacey and Friends’ would do on the CBS, FOX or NBC today…..He was a Colts player back in the day…To me, Irv Cross was one of the best ever…With Irv Cross, Brent Musberger, Phyllis George and Jimmy the Greek, you had one heck of a team….Jayne Kennedy was brought on board later, but I still like Phyllis George better…..

The sensitivity factor is a big factor these days and what about Bryant Gumbel and Greg Gumbel, they both used to be host and sometimes it was hard to tell if they were black or white and maybe that’s a good thing…..

In watching the Election Reports last night they kept on talking about the vote of the ‘White Woman’ and I’m not sure that shouldn’t raise a few eyebrows….White Woman or White Women, the Black Vote and even the push to project the Hispanic Vote….It’s all about how you say this, but it does border on stereotyping when you start talking about a White Woman or a Black Woman, wouldn’t you say???

There are a lot of ways to slice this bread and I won’t call it ‘White Bread’ or even to refer to it as the ‘home slice’, but this day and time constant references can get under people’s skin, not matter if it is white, black or light brown and how do you categorize all the skin colors these days and still be politically correct??? Whites, Blacks and Light Brown people(Hispanics)???

There is just one way to categorize, ‘People are People’ and they all make mistakes…Everything you say could possibly hurt somebody in some way, you just have to be careful and in the end, all parties have to let it roll off their backs like the ducks do and keep on ‘Moving On’, like Will and Sonny said to do and that was Will and Sonny from the old TV show, ‘Moving On’……

Are we on the money or out of the running???


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