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Brent Musburger Living Life at 100 Miles Per Hour

Friday, January 11, 2008 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 8:07 AM, under , , ,

Athens, GA (Jan 11, 2008) - The Internet and radio waves are bustling and chuckling over Brent Musburger's on-air comments about Erin Andrews, drinking beer, and visiting the Playboy Mansion. I should have known about this dark side of Musburger back in 1985.

Sitting in the back seat of the rental car carrying Musburger from Ohio Stadium to The Ohio State University Airport, I was holding on for dear life as we were driving 100+ miles an hour following a police escort. The thing is that he was not trying to catch a commercial flight, but a charter jet back to New York so he would be there in time for The NFL Today studio show the next day. I was along for the ride so I could bring the car back to the stadium (oh the things you would do as a $50 a day runner).

As much as he could be arrogant back in those heady days of his career, there is one thing about Musburger I had not really thought about. That is what David Johnston and Chris Brame were talking about on 960 the Ref this morning. Like him or hate him, when Musburger is calling a game, you really believe you are watching a big event. This is definitely true.

Of course, how many people out there can remember where you were or what you were doing the day he got fired by CBS Sports. I know exactly where I was because I was building the graphics for the morning news cycle on the Mizlou Sports News Network.

So maybe Musburger really does like to live life at 100 miles an hour, or maybe he realizes that at age 67 his career is winding down and he wants to have more fun doing it. Either way, you can see the video of his Andrews, beer and Playboy Mansion over on Awful Announcing. Now I am just not sure if I feel good about him covering the Little League World Series anymore.

Related trivia: Who was the producer for that game at Ohio Stadium? Mike Burks, who is now the lead producer for Fox Sports BCS Coverage.

Photograph Copyright Craig Sjodin/ABC. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

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