Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ines Sainz Has all the Makings of a Great Sideline "Reporter"

The world of sports is a curious one to me. Large men sweating and kicking and running and patting each other on the buttocks, surrounded by screaming fans and endlessly watched on television, while our taxpayer money is spent on stadiums to keep the teams in their "hometowns." There are cheerleaders but apparently that's not enough, the networks that cover the sports teams must employ sideline "reporters," which are physically attractive women who apparently know something about the sports they cover and wear modest-but-not-too-modest clothing.

Erin Andrews is one. Jenn Brown is another. The New York Jets football team has another, Jenn Sterger. Now there is another, a "reporter" for TV Azteca called Ines Sainz. Her qualifications for sideline reportage can be seen here:

In other words, Ms. Sainz is an attractive woman. Good for her. There is a lot of money in professional sports, and the professional and college leagues and the tv networks that promote them (very often to our detriment) have a vested interest in hiring the most attractive people to push their product.

I'm sure she knows a lot about American football in particular, and sports in general. But do you think she got her sideline "reporting" job because of her extensive sports knowledge? Me neither.

Still, the fact that Ms. Sainz is just another pretty face in the world of sideline "reporting" does not excuse boorish behavior, as has been alleged in the New York Jets locker room when Ms. Sainz made an appearance.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan, one of his assistants and some of the team's players are being probed for unsportsman like conduct against a sexy female reporter after they allegedly pestered her with goofy, on-field antics and locker-room catcalls.
Being probed. I'm skeptical of the tone of the article, however. "goofy" is a loaded word. Surely if there's a probe of the woman's treatment, there must have been some seriously deleterious behavior.
Today she tweeted, "Thanks everyone for your support. I already spoke to the NFL, which will decide if there will or will not be consequences. I can say that at the time I didn't want to pay attention to what was happening but the rest of the media heard clearly and in solidarity have denounced what happened, hoping that there is always a respectful climate."
Now it begins to sound serious. There was behavior that needed to be "denounced." There was a climate of "disrespect." There might be "consequences."
During the portion of practice open to the media, Ryan and defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman purposely overthrew passes so they would land near Sainz, she said.
Wait, what? Some guys throwing a football around saw a woman they thought was hot and they threw the ball near her? And how does she know the balls were "purposely" overthrown?
Later, during a locker-room availability, several players allegedly hooted and hollered when Sainz walked in.
Oh, now that's more serious. Assuming, first of all, that they were "hooting and hollering" at her. And that there is some proof of what happened.
She later tweeted she was "dying of embarrassment."
Ah, she tweeted. Well, then, I guess she was harrassed.

In addition to tweeting about her embarrassment, she also tweeted a photo of herself, to show how unprovocative her attire was. That photo was so provocative that I placed it at the top of this post. Seriously, that is the photo she tweeted.

"I don't see what the big deal is, tee hee."

It couldn't possibly be that this sideline "reporter" is trying to make a name for herself, is she?

I will admit that I am biased against all the people involved in professional sports. I resent my tax money being spent to finance their stadiums. I resent my tax money being used to finance the hobbies of sports "fanatics." I resent my time being wasted in traffic jams caused by sports fans heading off to see the "big game."

But an attractive (and by the way, she's no Erin Andrews) woman tweets her embarrassment about some men overthrowing their balls, and suddenly the New York Jets need to have sensitivity training?
Last night, the team said Joanne Gerstner, of the Association for Women in Sports Media, had spoken with Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, and also has contacted the NFL.

"We are working with that organization to schedule an educational and awareness session with the team," said Jets spokesman Bruce Speight.
And at the time, Ms. Sainz didn't take it seriously, and claimed not to be offended.
Sainz told her colleague that she did notice that footballs were being thrown her way but, “to be quite honest, it didn’t bother me… I took it as a joke, and none of the footballs actually hit me.”

“It was definitely a joking tone, very amicable,” Sainz said, regarding the tone Sanchez had with her. “I wasn’t offended.”
Just so we're clear: I'm against harassing women.

Just so we're clear: I don't like professional sports.

Just so we're clear: This woman is a tool of the NFL, who is being used to sell their product.

So I have no confidence in or sympathy for this:
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, assistant coach Dennis Thurman and some players are being investigated by the NFL for inappropriate behavior toward female sportscaster Ines Sainz at a practice Saturday.
The NFL is a corrupt organization that cheats taxpayers and players. Ms. Sainz wants to be a part of that.

My (slightly hyperbolic, I will admit) contention is that the job of sideline "reporter" is itself a form of harassment. Harassment against me and all the rest of us who do not like professional sports, and do not like having to subsidize those sports. Especially during a recession.

So, yes, let's focus on the real problem here. A few large men threw footballs in the direction of a woman they thought was pretty. And in the meantime, how about we create a piece of propaganda aimed at indoctrinating our kids into loving all the NFL's wasteful, money-losing football stadiums?

Yellow top pic source.
White top pic source.

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