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Brent Musburger says Holly Rowe 'is really smokin'' -- or does he?

January 15, 2013|By Chuck Schilken

Brent Musburger really is a dirty old man.

Or maybe he's just a bitter man. Or a man with a good sense of humor. Or a man who garbled his words at the wrong time.

Last week ESPN felt the need to apologize for the 73-year-old announcer's on-air admiration of Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb, who was sitting in the stands at the BCS championship game watching boyfriend A.J. McCarron lead the Crimson Tide to victory over Notre Dame.

Musburger made no mention of the incident during his first broadcast since then, Monday's college basketball game between Kansas and Baylor. But as he was signing off, Musburger seemed to get a bit girl crazy again when he said what sounded like, "For Fran Franschilla and Holly Rowe, who was really smokin' tonight, I want to say so long from Lawrence."

While it's possible that Musburger simply likes to let everyone know how he feels about members of the opposite sex, it's more likely that he was taking a jab at whoever decided to apologize on his behalf last week or just poking fun at the whole situation.

ESPN has another interpretation of what happened. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Tuesday that Musburger actually said, "it was really smokin' tonight." That explanation actually makes a little sense since Musburger opened the broadcast by saying, "Lawrence, Kansas, on a cold night, but it will be hot inside ... ."

But then again, the actual game was anything but smokin', as No. 4 Kansas won in a blowout, 61-44.

Check out the clip above and let us know what you think Musburger is saying and how you feel about it.


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