Brent Musburger is not a fan of Beyoncé

ABC is set to air the 2008 American Music Awards tomorrow and has been incessantly running promos.

Even during Saturday Night Football, the guys in the booth have to read copy promoting this thing.

Enter 69-year-old Brent Musburger (below doing a heck of a Frankie Carbone impersonation minus the man-perm).

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As he is beginning to tell us about the AMAs, I tell my wife “He probably doesn’t even know who the perfomers are.”

True to form Musburger tells us that one of the performers is “Beyonz”.  Of course, the rest of the world knows “Beyonz” as Houston’s own, Beyoncé Knowles (below):
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Not only did my wife, myself and millions of other viewers have a good laugh, Musburger’s broadcast partner, Kirk Herbstreit, also had a good laugh but composed himself enough to correct his elder on the correct pronunciation of Beyoncé’s name.

Though Herbie was still too much in the bag not to admit before a national TV audience that he had caught Beyoncé’s act in last week’s Saturday Night Live.

I’m sure the ABC brass will forgive the golden one for dabbling in NBC programming.

As for Musburger, we all know that he’s a big fan of the Big 10 and any team that plays my Texas Longhorns but now we know that he’s not a big Beyoncé guy.

Though thanks to sideline reporter Lisa Salter’s racially awkward comment, we might have found out that Musburger digs Kenny Chesney.

Oh yeah OU thumped Tech, 65-21.

On to Stoolwater, where the fate of a conference will be decided…

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Senator Barack Obama wins the 2008 Student Council Election

That is ABC’s projection at least. If this inevitability holds up (and it will), Sen. Obama becomes the first biracial individual to be elected President of these United States.

What I think interesting about this whole deal is the focus on how we as a nation have come a long way in exorcising our racist demons of years past. Tonight I watched/heard a black U.S. Congressman say on national television that (I’m paraphrasing) America is ready to bury its race burden.

Really? I agree, racism (regardless of the criterion) is an evil that should be buried and done away with (one day it will but not by our efforts) but is this nation ready to bury its race burden?

Not judging by this election. Not when a large number of people vote for a candidate based mostly (if not solely) on the basis of the color of his skin (or half of his ancestry).

A black person voting for Barack Obama on the grounds that he’s half-black is just as racist as a white person voting for McCain on the grounds that he isn’t half-black. A Mexican voter voting for a Mexican candidate just because of his ethnicity is equally injurious. Racism is racism no matter who it’s coming from.

I truly believe that true progress would be marked by a total disregard for a candidate’s ethnicity or skin color. Color blindness is not making a huge deal of the melanin a person’s genes are programmed to express. Color blindness is looking past this, not focusing on it as has been done ad nauseam throughout this laborious election process.

Congratulations to Senator Obama on winning what has become, the world’s most important popularity contest. He should thank the press for delivering this victory to him, I would (tonight, ABC’s Diane Sawyer found it a Sisyphean task to contain her glee).

Judging by the amount of people present at his victory party, methinks the President-elect needs a bigger Jeep than this one (click on the pic and watch the celebratory hilarity ensue):
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Just so long as he keeps the tires properly inflated…

Extreme Makeover Beneficiaries Lose their Home

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is one of those uplifting shows which so captivate the viewing audience. A “deserving” family is picked from thousands of entrants to receive a new home complete with bells and whistles.

A “deserving” family is one which has had to deal with a tragic loss, a debilitating illness or a natural disaster. At the risk of sounding obtusely indifferent, I’m still not sure how tragedy makes one deserving of material possessions. That one might be compelled to offer up said things to those who are hurting is one thing, but to say that these things are deserved on the grounds of suffering, well that’s another.

Perhaps it is more egregious when the one undergoing suffering demands charity on the grounds of their suffering, for in that instance pride has manifested it’s fiendish head. As Dr. Piper wrote,

Self-pity is the response of pride to suffering.

Self-pity says, “I deserve admiration because I have sacrificed so much.”

Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak.

Self-pity sounds self-sacrificing.

A Georgia family who received a new home through the efforts of this program is about to lose that home, ‘Extreme Makeover’ house faces foreclosure.

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