When acclaimed rapper Eminem joined Brent Musbuger and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth during last Saturday's Michigan-Notre Dame game, it was a bit of an odd matchup. After all, Eminem is pretty hip with the kids these days, and Musburger and Herbstreit probably aren't the image of "cool" in most youngsters' minds. Also, we rewrote Eminem songs to be Musburger songs.
Nevertheless, Musburger enjoyed the visit from the Detroit native, and he even signed an autograph. The broadcaster discussed the experience with ESPN's Front Row. A few of the highlights are below.
Producer Bill Bonnell said in an interview Eminem wanted an autograph. Did you give him one?
Yes. I gave it to his manager Paul Rosenberg before we started. It was so flattering and unexpected.
Did you ask for an autograph in return?
No. I think I've asked for one autograph in my lifetime - Joe Namath - and he was long retired at that point. There is a famous photo of him lounging by the pool with media, myself included, before Super Bowl III that ran in Sports Illustrated. I had him sign that for me. That is the only time I have asked for an autograph.
Did your wife, Arlene, have anything to say about the interview?
She had the best line of everyone. She looked up at me and said, "Brent, at least you didn't call him ‘beautiful'."
Hey, Musburger's wife has a sense of humor!
Were you familiar with his music?
My son Blake did some research on Marshall and got some of his music for me once I knew we'd be using one of his songs. I wanted to become familiar with it so I've listened to quite a bit of it in the past month.
No, Musburger is most definitely not the image of "cool."