Here’s What Happens When You Don’t Give ESPN’s Holly Rowe Some Elbow Room
Have you ever seen the Twitter profile of ESPN’s Holly Rowe? Here’s what her bio reads: “Sports journalist. Mom. Loving the adventures of life.”
On Tuesday night, one of those “adventures” consisted of nearly bringing another sports journalist to cry for her mom.
At the conclusion of the 2012 Sugar Bowl – in which the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Hokies of Virginia Tech 23-20 in overtime – Holly Rowe exhibited her inner Riddick Bowe when she attempted to get an interview with the winning coach, Brady Hoke, and an unidentified reporter – originally identified as a journalist for the Detroit News, Angelique Chengelis – was in Rowe’s path. Rowe responded by doing what any journalist from a major sports entity would do: elbow the other journalist. At least that’s what appeared to be caught on video, on websites like Deadspin and others, showing the ESPN reporter literally elbowing her competition out of the way in order to gain the first interview with the victorious rookie coach. (And it might be hard to get a good luck at Holly’s jointy joust, as a giant ESPN graphic preceding an instant replay appeared on the screen at that moment.)
The elbow episode caught the attention of many, including Micah Grimes, who works for a cable news channel in Tampa. He asked Rowe via Twitter if she thought it was “unintentionally forceful” in gaining access to Hoke after the game, “or justified”?
“Totally unintentional,” Rowe replied. “[I] didn’t realize it even happened.”
Wow, Holly. Remind me not to accompany you to Wal-Mart on Black Friday.
The second part of Rowe’s tweet to Grimes read as follows: “post game can be free for all.” Does she mean that the atmosphere after the game can be a real “free for all,” or that access to coaches and players after a game “can be free for all” journalists, so long as they stay no less than three feet from Holly Rowe’s arms?
Rowe didn’t share many other comments on Twitter regarding the rather bitter cap to the Sugar Bowl. In fact, she had already started “game prep” for the BCS Championship Game between LSU and Alabama “for ESPN Radio.”
Let’s hope they don’t use “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” as one of the songs for bumper music.
Now, that would be quite an adventure.