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So, Dan, which of the two types of women is Erin Andrews? Pictured here, with Erin's sister, Kendra Andrews.

Back in the early 1970s, comedy icon George Carlin first listed the seven words you can never say on television. While I will not write them here, I can tell you at least two of them are now allowed on network television, and the other five are used regularly by HBO.

One thing about me – could not care less if all seven were allowed everywhere. I happen to think that people should say what they want to say and talk the way the talk – and that we have the right to turn down our surround sound should we not want the kiddies to hear.

That being said, I do happen to take great offense to several other words – words that I heard on the Dan Patrick Show last week.

It all started innocently enough. Dan Patrick – a devout Howard Stern fan (like myself) who assumed he could create a similar reality-TV-show-within-a-radio program after infamously leaving ESPN several years ago – creates a poll question on his sports talk radio program each morning. The idea is to get folks to visit his website, call in and stir up some fun in the studio, where he has a merry band of drones akin to Stern’s “Wack Pack.”

His question – and the ensuing hour-long discussion on the topic – last week honestly almost made me swerve off the road. He and his team posed the question:

Would you rather have a girl that was super-hot and hated sports – or a marginally looking girl who loved sports.


Hey, Dan – two things:

  1. Them is fighting words
  2. You just alienated all the women who listen to your show who now realize we weren’t valuable to you in any way

Consider this marginalized listener done because what you said is obscene to me – more than anything Carlin rattled off.

Oh – and nice PR move too.  PR 101 – a good PR plan has more than one target market.

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
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  1. Can I take credit for inventing the term “Sports fan profiling?”

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