ESPN is the launch pad for the media careers of numerous beautiful women. Erin Andrews, Michelle Beadle and Charissa Thompson are just three of ESPN’s recent and current “it girls.” They’re all watchable and knowledgeable about sports, but they’re all also beautiful and, to no one’s real surprise, their appearance is a major reason that they hold down jobs at the sports network predominantly watched by men.

Hello? Wendy Nix and Suzy Kolber aren’t ugly. Neither is the woman whomt sportscaster Brent Musberger praised during the NCAA football national championship game the other night.

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This happened early in the game, but it was already going Alabama’s way and it looked like there was no way back for Notre Dame. The game was such a one-sided blowout that cutting to Alabama QB AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, a Miss Alabama, and his mom was the most interesting thing the network could come up with at that moment. 72-year-old Musberger said what everyone who saw the shot must have been thinking. “Hey, she’s hot!” Big deal. She is. The whole sequence went on for about half a minute of a three hour bore-fest.

Well, ESPN has now apologized for Musberger’s comments, despite the fact that Katherine Webb, the woman he praised, was not offended.

“We always try to capture interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test,” ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys tweeted. “However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.”

Pathetic. Weak. This is why we can’t have nice things anymore. ESPN’s suits should all turn in their man cards immediately.