The sad fall of Erin Andrews

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Something about Erin Andrews really saddens me.

I’m not 100% sure what it is, because we’re not talking about a real journalist here (in other words, she doesn’t report. She works the sidelines, lining up halftime interviews and the like). But she is still a part of the sports media and we—as a group—often look pretty dumb.

This doesn’t help.

Earlier today on SI.com, Jimmt Traina spoke with Andrews, and the result is, well, pathetic. Especially this dandy:

Andrews: I’m just confused because I guess it’s OK for an NFL player and a gold medalist to do the show and be taken seriously, but nobody else is allowed. People say, “How do you expect to be taken seriously?” Well, Evan Lysacek is taking this so seriously. The guy just won a gold medal, has tons of endorsements, celebrities around the world want to meet him. Chad Ochocinco takes this so serious. He and Cheryl Burke are in the studio seven to eight hours a day. So that’s my biggest confusion with the few people who judge me and say this is the wrong thing to do. I don’t know what damage I’m doing. I’m basically killing myself to not embarrass myself. I’ve been in the top three in scoring each week, behind an athlete and a professional dancer and singer. I’m not sure what damage I created for myself. What am I doing to be a bimbo? I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong.

What a sad, sorry, God-awful statement. Chad Ochocinco? Is that who you’re comparing yourself to? Is that your professional bar? We are all faced with choices in life; some easy, some hard. This seemed to be a no-brainer, especially after all she went through with that video: Does Erin Andrews want to be a respected member of the media, or a flash-in-the-pan reality TV star who’ll be serving as Inside Edition’s third-string “gossip” corespondent by her late 30s? Does she want to report, or be recognized in airports?

Sad.

15 thoughts on “The sad fall of Erin Andrews”

  1. Jeff,
    She isn’t a journalist. She is a TV personality who does a great job as a sideline reporter. Granted sideline reporting is rocket science, or even working in print media.
    This is going to open up a lot of doors financialy for her.
    Let me ask you this.
    Which is embarassing? Watching EA on DWTS or having to watch Stu Scott or Chris Berman cover sports on espn?

  2. Agreed, Mark. She is an entertainer who happens to be an espn sideline reporter, something that impacts her journalistic credibility just as much as being on DWTS. I don’t understand how this is “sad”.

  3. what about that tucker guy that is a conservative opinionist with the bow tie that was on dwts a couple years ago. no one questioned his integrity as much as they are questioning erin andrews’.

    i agree with 99% of your posts, much to the dismay of some of your subscribers, but ill have to respectfully disagree with this one. its not even an issue with male performers on the show. i do see a bit of a double standard with this.

  4. plus, that tucker guys is supposed to do current affairs and newsworthy topics, whereas andrews just interviews athletes on their way to the locker rooms.

  5. totally agree with Jeff.

    it’s sad because she claimed to want to be respected for her job.
    she’s also, unfairly or not, carrying the torch for other female media members who want to be taken seriously.

    and Jeff’s dead right about her future: Inside Edition gossip wannabe is EXACTLY where she’s heading.

    Mark, I’m curious.
    what leads you to believe she “does a great job” as a sideline reporter?

    can you name one “report” she’s ever done that told you something you didn’t already know?
    or one story she’s broken?
    or anything memorable she’s ever said, ever?

    I can’t.

    and Ted, how exactly is she “an entertainer”?
    what is her skill, exactly?

    she’s there because she’s a nice looking piece of ass.
    period.

  6. If she wants to continue to work in sports, she will have that opportunity. SHe will bring in ratings, which will bring in money.
    Ted,
    I can’t remember anything specific, .
    Would she have the job if she was a frumpy, man hating femi-natzi? Probably not
    To me sports are entertainment.
    Erin Andrews comes a cross as a “girl next door” who is a knowledgable tv personality.
    Her skill is being a attractive women who can talk about college football and baseball.
    I don’t think she should be critized for doing DWTS?
    Ted, one more questions. Whould you rather talk sports with EA or Chris Berman?

  7. We should all be embarrassed to live somwhere where there is such a thing as a sideline reporter or DWTS or where they’re discussed. Sideline reporters are totally use and add zero to a game. And DWTS is an insult to the intelligence of anyone with an IQ of greater than 9

  8. Danny A is exactly right. Every time I see the the third wheel of a baseball game (I watch a lot of baseball) interview some stupid fan in the stands or some other piffle, I think, “Why can’t I get that job?” Seriously, it looks like the easiest job in the world, and like Danny A says, brings nothing to the game.

  9. If she wasn’t an attractive female that (admittedly against her will) pretty much all culturally literate people on the planet has seen naked by now, no one would care about Erin Andrews, discuss her, or bother to question her integrity.

  10. Sports is entertainment. People commenting on sports is entertainment.People commenting on sports on espn is entertainment. EA and Berman entertain those who watch, whether they are commenting on sports or dancing. If you watch and enjoy you are being entertained. If you watch and can’t stand but still watch you are being entertained. If you are not entertained you watch something else. I personally am not a fan of espn or its entertainers but I don’t begrudge them their career choices. Consequently, I don’t find the choices they make “sad”.

  11. Jeff,

    I tend to agree with much of what you have to say. But I agree with the others here, it is just entertainment. She is not doing any thing that is exactly degrading. It didn’t hurt Walter Cronkite when he did a cameo on the Mary Tyler Moore show or Tricky Dick when he did the one liner on Laugh In. You really have to take things on a case to case basis.

  12. It’s all about entertainment. How else can you explain allowing the 80 year old former astronaut and a clumsy politician to compete?

  13. She was specifically responding to some catty columnist in Toronto.

    Erin Andrews has been through hell and back and as far as I’m concerned, fellow reporters — especially fellow female reporters — have never had her back.

    She doesn’t owe you or the journalism profession a damn thing.

  14. Excuse me Jeff, did you do a similar blog when Kenny Mayne appeared on DWTS? Or is it that EA is a female who made a name for herself in the male dominated world of sports?
    What exactly is a sports journalist? Most act like they’re in a fraternity, get into games they cover for free, eat the food provided by teams they cover and kiss the ass of athletes, for a quote. Is that journalism? Bottom line, sports is entertainment. People covering sports are entertainment reporters, and you my friend are an entertainment writer.

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