Special thanks to Steve Spencer of The Columbus Dispatch for use of his "Mount Buckmore" artwork.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Ryan Seacrest, Terry Bradshaw’s daughters and the NFL’s version of the BCS Nat’l Championship.

Disclaimer: The following has very little to do with our boys in scarlet and gray, just football and the Seacrestization of the game.

Terry Bradshaw is, by any standards, a man’s man. Which is why it was all the more entertaining to hear him on Ryan Seacrest’s morning talk show (broadcast on LA’s Kiss FM). Seacrest, by contrast, has become one of the more polarizing figures in American pop-culture. His ubiquity is undeniable as it is irritating, but his Zach Morris good looks, witty, occasionally self-deprecating banter and admitted tendency to sell-out begin to clarify an otherwise inexplicable likeability.

Anyone who is familiar with Seacrest’s resume as the American Idol poster boy turned heartthrob turned Dick Clark lite, may be slightly perturbed that he will be getting some serious airtime during FOX’s Super Bowl pre-game marathon as the network’s “Entertainment Host.” But, really, it only makes sense that this West Coast edition of Super Sunday has all the Hollywood accoutrements (left over from the cancelled Golden Globes perhaps?)

For this reason Bradshaw, who matched tongues with Seacrest during an uninterrupted 15 minute segment this morning, seems slightly out of place in his own domain. The four-time Super Bowl champion and Steelers legend who co-anchors FOX’s NFL Sunday, has previously stated that the media circus that surrounds the game is not for him. Like Seacrest, Bradshaw has the broadcasting chops and natural charm to engage the audience during spectacles like this, but tabloid fixture he is not.

On this morning’s show he was given the opportunity, in a relatively informal setting, to (briefly) be a football goon once more. He candidly spoke about his distaste for Idol and it’s contemporaries while excitedly reminiscing about pissing contests with his daughters’ (Rachel, top) dates. This naturally segued into Seacrest trying to scam a date with one of the Bradshaw girls and, eventually, a plea by Terry to be “hooked up” with Seacrest’s leftovers.

The segment was wholly entertaining, if not testosterone fueled. Glorified locker room talk, essentially. Bradshaw, despite Seacrest’s brand value, was clearly top dog for the moment. To a younger, hipper, bleach-blonder crowd, however, the gatekeepers are FOX’s newest football analyst, Seacrest and other TMZ mainstays like, say, Tom Brady and Matt “Hollywood” Leinart.

And, in case you missed it, that was indeed a jab at the USC football culture.

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