Monday, September 13, 2010

Kanye West, the Jets, and Ines Sainz, the sports "reporter"

I'm still too peeved to write about the Yankees' Arlington meltdown this weekend (I'll write on it later, when I'm less irate!), so I'll stick with some other topics I found of interest this weekend.

I watched a bunch of the MTV Music Awards; partly to see Eminem perform "Not Afraid" and partly to see how Taylor Swift and Kanye West would act. Taylor wrote and sang some whiny song that put me half-asleep halfway through. And she was onstage, barefoot! Would you want to be barefoot on the same stage where Snooki and The Situation were? Not me!

I think while Kanye was rude last year, bum-rushing the stage during Swift's moment, he was also right that Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video was one of the greatest videos of all time. One year later, "Single Ladies" is still being parodied, while who remembers Swift's video except her hardcore fans.

Anyhow, in the show's finale, Kanye did a brand-new, very catchy song called "Runaway," where he offers toasts to the d-bags, a-holes, and other assorted miscreants of the world (himself included, of course!) And the worlds were all spelled out in the song -- no bleeps for the chorus, even though I don't even want to spell them out in the blog. Come to think of it, Squawker Jon, Kanye's toast could be the new Mets theme song!

Anyhow, whenever you leave the audience singing the chorus of a song that nobody's heard before, you've won. So that match goes to Kanye West.

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I recently started watching "Hard Knocks," so I''m digging the New York Jets these days. (Rex Ryan is a new hero of mine!) Then I heard about the latest controversy regarding the team. Ines Sainz, a Mexican TV sports reporter, complained that the Jets were giving her a little too much attention on the sidelines, and in the locker room, at this weekend's practice.

Sainz is a woman who bills herself as "the hottest sports reporter in Mexico." Her Twitter page looks more like one for a bikini model than a sports reporter. And she showed up at Jets practice in skin-tight jeans and a low-cut top -- an outfit more appropriate for a nightclub than the sidelines. Now she is shocked, shocked that the Jets apparently made catcalls at her. Gee, who'da thunk it?

She also seemed shocked to find out that, yes, players are naked in the locker room, tweeting:
“I die of embarrassment! I am in the locker room of the Jets waiting for Mark Sanchez while trying not to look to anywhere!”
What, were the players supposed to have covered up on her account? C'mon now.

Yes, the Jets should have acted professionally around her, and their reported behavior was inappropriate, and should be dealt with. But this is also a two-way street. Perhaps if Sainz dressed more appropriately for her job (here's another one of her outfits, while she touches a player), and seemed interested in acting more like a real reporter than a model, the players would have taken her more seriously.

What do you think? Tell us about it!


Rob Abruzzese said...

If the reporter herself can not be professional, and I don't find her in the least bit professional, then I wouldn't expect the players to be professional. It would be totally different if they were harassing her while she was wearing a pants suit or didn't label herself the hottest blah blah.

-Rob Abruzzese-
Bronx Baseball Daily

Uncle Mike said...

Blaming the victim for the way she dressed is odious. On the other hand, what, exactly was she the victim of here? Her own ignorance of what happens in NFL locker rooms.

It's not like what happened 20 years ago or so to Lisa Olson, then of the Boston Herald, when she approached a few Patriots players, got propositioned, and then she complained to then-owner Victor Kiam and he basically said she had it coming. However, there were two upsides to that awful story: Kiam was shamed into having to sell the team, and Olson came to the New York Daily News and showed her class as a writer.

Lisa Swan said...

I saw today that TV Azteca, the network that Ines Sainz works for, is also the same place that sent a female reporter (also named Ines) to a press conference in a wedding dress to ask/demand that Tom Brady marry her. Very classy organization they have here.

Ines Sainz also scored an exclusive interview with Terrell Owens a while back because of her looks.

If the Jets did indeed act inappropriately, they should be disciplined. But if this female reporter wants to be taken seriously, she ought to stop dressing like a hoochie mama.

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