Thank You, Erin Andrews

Thank You, Erin Andrews, For Being as Great As The Greats,

And For Giving Us Back Our Sleeves

Erin Andrews World Series

Thank you, Erin Andrews, for being a sportscaster as great as the greats of this century, and last. Your work on the 2014 Word Series broadcasts was impeccable, authoritative, and exuberant. When you passed the mic to Bud Selig during the World Series trophy ceremony, your smile was one of a ten year-old girl delighted to be witnessing baseball history. You saved the MVP award ceremony when that poor fellow from Chevrolet almost hyperventilated and passed out as he was reading his speech to Madison Bumgarner.

Your preparation for and, therefore knowledge of, every game you cover is complete, and you roll with the punches when something unexpected comes up, like when you told Buster Posey’s son to “get it together” after the San Francisco Giants won the National League Championship. We, as viewers, always know it’s going to be a good interview when you ask the player, coach, or manager about the key turning point of the game. It’s clear the players, coaches, and managers respect you and they never treat you “like a girl” even though you don’t shy away from being “like a girl.”

Finally, thank you, Erin Andrews, for giving us back our sleeves. Ever since 2008, when First Lady Michelle Obama stepped out in sleeveless outfit after sleeveless outfit, almost all newscasters and sportscasters have been sleeveless (Hello, ESPN, I’m talking to you). Perhaps someone did some research years ago that showed women in sleeveless shift dresses are more attractive to the viewing public than women wearing sweaters, or jackets. But now there are no sleeves, just a sea of well-toned arms and brightly hued shift dresses. Why?

We want our sleeves, and you have given them back to us. There you were, on the field and in the studio, in your comfy-looking jeans and turtleneck sweater, with SLEEVES, topped by a weather-appropriate, oversized blazer with turned-in lapels. You looked great, and you were wearing SLEEVES.

Thank you, Erin Andrews, for inspiring women to be successful, to accept bigger jobs than they think they can handle, and for wearing sleeves.

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