Friday, January 31, 2014

Pam Oliver: The NFLs Favorite Auntie

My goodness! There have been so many jokes made of Fox sports reporter Pam Oliver throughout the years.

The jests mainly targeted her hair, or weave (not that there's anything wrong with that) which radiated with assorted colors, a look that she's maintained for over a decade as a Fox network employee. Pam's specialty is on-the-field reporting. She interviews professional football players and coaches in their most intense moments; and by the way, Super Bowl Sunday marks the last day of her contract with the network.

Pam gives you the game day forecast, the injury report, the mood of the locker room, and acts as a comforting older sister to hundreds of professional players. Or better yet, Oliver plays the role as that of a favorite auntie to a number of black ballplayers, accounting for over 70 percent of the National Football League.

Over a week ago we consumed as about as much YouTube feeds and news reports that one could possible stand of Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman, as he voiced his extrme dislike of 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. All of it was facilitated by terrified reporter Erin Andrews.  Stanford graduate Sherman was labeled a thug; and poor Andrews (bless her heart) was pitied by millions. However, had Pam Oliver conducted the interview...thats right, Auntie Pam; well, not only would it not have been an issue, but Auntie Pam would have simply made the matter an "Oprah moment." Auntie Pam would've had a crying Sherman bouncing on her knee while he released pent-up frustrations about his lack of breast-feeding as a child ...or something of the such.

The truth of the matter is that Auntie Pam has been holding the NFL down for years.  Similar to how Lisa Salters (google her) has been a crucial part of the NBA, Pam Oliver has been doing the same in a sport where the aggression level in players is five times higher.  So, lets recognize years of quality work when we see it. Auntie Pam is no longer the water cooler conversation for her game day hairdo, but a model reporter who has been protecting high-adrenaline and egocentric athletes from their own stupidity for years. 

Her name is Pam Oliver. By all means, google her too.

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