You’ve got to be sick of the Ines Sainz drama, right? You know the backstory — she’s the reporter from a Mexican TV station who showed up at Jets practice to interview Mark Sanchez.

The incident has sparked widespread debate about a variety of topics, including: 1. Should females be allowed in locker rooms, where male athletes are often naked? 2. Should any reporters be allowed in the locker room? 3. Is Sainz really a journalist, or just an attractive former Miss Universe contestant (circa 1997) hoping to advance her career? 4. Why would athletes treat a female journalist in such a rude manner?

Let’s tackle No. 3 first, because it’s the best way to back into the others: Sainz is a journalist in the loosest sense of the word. Her buffoonery at the Super Bowl a few years ago was legendary when she broke out a tape measure to see which Cardinals and Steelers had the biggest biceps. Then, wearing painted-on jeans, she was carried atop the shoulders of two players.


No woman deserves to be treated rudely while doing their job but, as many female journalists have pointed out, she’s giving the profession a bad name. Sainz did numerous TV interviews this week dressed as if she were about to go to a party on the beach. You know the saying, ‘Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.’” Well, Sainz is a sideline Barbie and apparently she has no serious aspirations.

Minding their P’s and Q’s

CNBC came out with a strange-looking list this week: Based on “Q” rating — “true inherent audience appeal,” according to the company that calculates this kind of thing — the six most-disliked athletes are (in order): Michael Vick, Tiger Woods,
Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and LeBron James.

OK, but where’s Ben Roethlisberger? He’s one creepy two-time Super Bowl champion. Look at the QB this way: Would you let your daughter/neighbor/worst enemy date the guy? Didn’t think so. We understand why Vick (although we don’t agree) and Woods made the list (however, we’re puzzled by golf fans who root for the guy). And where’s Kobe Bryant? It took awhile for us to put the rape allegations behind us, but what’s the statute of limitations on the biggest screwup of your life?

Other guys we think should be on the list: A. J. Pierzynski, Alex Rodriguez, Sean Avery and … drum roll, please … Brett Favre. At this stage, doesn’t everyone outside of Minnesota, Mississippi and Green Bay hate him?

Jason Raj McIntyre covers athletes off the field and runs the popular blog, The Big Lead.

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