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Troy Aikman Isn’t Being A Misogynist, He’s Being a Good Broadcaster

Aikman’s job is to convey what he is seeing and to be a voice where he may actually wield some power, the current and future state of the game.

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Troy Aikman

I hate you for making me write this.

During Monday Night Footballs Raiders-Chiefs game, a controversial roughing-the-passer penalty was called on Chris Jones when it appeared he hit Derek Carr from behind, forced him to fumble and then Jones subsequently recovered it. There isn’t a soul on the planet that saw the play and then its multiple replays that side with the officials. It was, a very bad, no good call.

Amongst those expressing their outrage just so happened to be the color commentator for the game, Troy Aikman. It was Aikman’s comments during the multiple replays that fired up an unnecessarily awake Twitter mob.

“It’s too much,” Aikman began. “My hope is the Competition Committee looks at this [in] the next set of meetings and we take the dresses off.”

You can hear it for yourself below. Clearly the home fan base was upset, noted by the booing heard in the background. Also upset, Aikman. A football fan at heart and someone that was driven to retire because the “dresses” were off when he played and he sustained somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,200 concussions.

Aikman was exasperated, as we all were, that we had to witness a sport that we enjoy get marred by another terrible officiating call. This was on the heels of what we previously called the worst-called roughing-the-passer of all-time. That title lasted barely 24 hours. In the moment, Aikman said exactly what was printed above. He said, in the essence of his meaning, what an cacophony of others were echoing online and via the sites and publications that allow their opinions. The only difference here is Aikman used a phrase that, in others’ words not mine, suggests those that wear dresses are weak. Furthering the analogy, that women are weak. Therefore, his comments are thrown into the dirt pile of misogyny.

I don’t have enough in me to put into words how dumb that idea is. Or how idiotic the sentiment is that Troy Aikman could somehow wield whatever power we have suddenly given him to disempower millions of women. I just can’t seem to muster the energy to implore with anyone reading that this one person cannot affect anything like some are suggesting. Troy Aikman is a broadcaster of football who used a colorful phrase to describe his disdain at what he had just seen on the field.

Of course Aikman could have used any number of phrases in that moment, many and most are probably far worse for a family-friendly cable outlet to air. But Aikman’s job is to convey what he is seeing and to be a voice where he may actually wield some power, the current and future state of the game. Aikman is being exactly what ESPN is paying him to be and what FOX paid him to be before that. An actual voice.

Words have power, in context. What Aikman said on Monday night, gathered more steam and attention than if he had said that the league should put flags on the players. It’s the same idea, completely different visceral reaction. You don’t perk up when the ten millionth person says the flag thing but if someone throws out that dresses line, your ears tingle. It means something more. That’s exactly what he is supposed to do. He was the fan in the booth reacting like we all did at the same damn moment.

What do you want from broadcasters? The same boring, drab stats and figures or some occasional emotion that shows they want to be where they are and are invested like you? I’m shooting for the latter? Robert Griffin III is out here talking about orgies in the end zone, and a Washington quarterback named Michael Penix having “Big Penix” Energy, but Aikman is a problem. (RGIII is also not a problem and delightful to watch).

What Aikman said will not set the female empowerment trend back a single pace. Meghan Ottolini of WEEI and formerly a Boston Herald columnist said it best when asked about it on the show she co-hosts.

On Merloni, Fauria and Mego she said, “I’m not offended at all. Who cares? If this infuriates you I’m jealous that you have so much energy to dedicate to being mad at Troy Aikman… Why are you mad at this? Be mad at the important stuff. Let this go.”

There are more women participating in football than ever before. They are coaching and playing, analyzing and scouting at rates never before seen. Troy Aikman ain’t stopping that no matter what he says, especially this.

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