Is it likely that a female (or male, for that matter) reporter in a locker room filled with 53 virile, healthy athletic men in various stages of dress would not notice, well, 53 virile, healthy, athletic men in various stages of dress?  According to the NFL, any insinuation that she might is reprehensible, unprofessional and completely out of bounds.

So Clinton Portis took a brow-beating from the NFL for stating the obvious a couple days ago:

 “You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she’s going to want somebody. I don’t know what kind of woman won’t, if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages. I know you’re doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I’m going to cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I’m sure they do the same thing.”

Now then, it is utterly necessary to the enterprise of allowing both male and female reporters access to the athletes that we all pretend none of this goes on.  But really.  Does anyone think what Portis said isn’t true?   Indeed.  The NFL should shut up.  Portis has as much right to make observations about human nature as anyone.  And his observations sound a good deal more trenchant than the NFL’s protestations to the contrary.   The NFL looks ridiculous.

Next, the NFL will try to tell us the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders make the squad because they pass a series of aptitude tests. 

In fact, it is generally understood that the entirety of the National Football League and its organizations are staffed by uber-professional, completely androgynous ascetics that have completely rejected pleasures of the flesh for the opportunity of service in the League.  Never mind the outrageous salaries or the skimpy outfits the cheerleaders wear.  They’re all doing it solely for the love of the game.

Ines Sainz, the reporter that started this whole imbroglio, fancies herself the “sexiest reporter in Mexico”.  Indeed.  Too bad for her that all those androgynous ascetics are above noticing such a thing.  She’d otherwise be able to use her sexuality to make a name for herself as an NFL reporter.  Not that she’s already tried.  That stunt of asking Tom Brady to marry her?  Completely innocent, aw-shucks behavior.  Kind of like an errant pass sailing over her head.