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Benson: Hebert shows parents don't really make best journalists

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There wasn't much excitement in Monday's BCS National Championship Game unless you like seeing field goals.

The real battle took place after the game. Why it happened in the first place is debatable.

Former NFL quarterback Bobby Hebert is a sports talk show host on WWL radio in New Orleans. He also is the father of LSU senior lineman T-Bob Hebert.

During the postgame news conference, Daddy Hebert ripped into LSU coach Les Miles after Alabama rolled to a 21-0 victory. Hebert badgered Miles about why he didn't put Jarret Lee into the game for struggling quarterback Jordan Jefferson.

Hebert called the Tigers' offensive performance "ridiculous" as Miles shot a steely glare.

The moderator cut off Hebert's tirade and asked if he had a question before one finally came.

To his credit, Miles gave a respectful answer instead of challenging Hebert to a fight.

Hebert seems to be basking in the glory of the moment. He said on his radio show Tuesday he is "not a journalist" and "was like an extension of the fans." Hebert basically said the same thing Thursday during ESPN's "Mike & Mike in the Morning."

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Give Hebert credit for being honest. There's just one thing, Cajun Boy: News conferences are for journalists. They aren't for fans to give their opinions. But more than that, they're not for disgruntled parents who should be sitting in the stands instead of the press box.

It seems Hebert's son is a former starter who didn't play much later in the season. You think that might have been on Daddy's mind when he went off on Miles?

Hebert isn't the first father to be thrown into the middle of his son's games.

Bill Walton was the CBS color commentator when Arizona and his son, Luke, played in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. Bob Griese wore an ABC headset as Brian Griese was quarterback for Michigan in the 1998 Rose Bowl.

The elder Walton and Griese kept it professional and even criticized their sons. Yet opposing fans still thought the coverage was biased. That's one argument you can't win.

The bottom line is Hebert shouldn't have been given a press credential. Chances are he won't in the future. And, by the way, who names their kid T-Bob?

Broncos at Patriots (CBS, Saturday 7 p.m.): The Tebow lovers were in hibernation for three weeks until last Sunday. Brady quiets them again until September.

Baylor at Kansas (ESPN, Monday 8:30 p.m.): Winning at historic Allen Fieldhouse would send a message that Baylor is the real deal.

Lakers at Heat (TNT, Thursday 7 p.m.): Kobe Bryant is aging and doesn't have as much help as LeBron James, but he still salivates for games like this.


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