If "AFT" is proposing a quick summer pilot, one candidate who has to be at the top of the list is Jenn Sterger.
U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner may have finally knocked Brett Favre off the top of the photo text mountain. Favre was the go-to target for stupidity on the late-night talk show circuit for the better part of a year. Neither Charlie "Tiger Blood" Sheen nor Arnold "Schwarzenegger could knock Favre off the peak of mountain. They lessened Favre's grip on the position, but there weren't big enough to undo it. Enter Weiner via the wonderful world of Twitter.
Weiner's escapades not only knocked Favre off the hill, he sent him rolling down with such force that he has become like the cartoon snowball that grows into a mammoth icy ball of death. Now Weiner jokes are political humor, not bawdy stories shared under a blue neon PBR light in dimly-lit taverns.
Just as Favre will fade in relative oblivion – at least among the late-night comedians – now that he has been replaced, so has Sterger. She's scrambling to keep her name out in public and, in a recent interview, gives fans the first real insight to who she is – as well as making some wonder if the Favre scandal was as one-sided as it has been made to appear.
In what may be the best summer reading of the season, Business Insider caught up with Sterger, whose 15-minute clock is in overtime. In its online version, Business Insider continued the trend of accompanying any Sterger story with a photo of her in a T-shirt three sizes too small. The level of humiliation and character assassination Favre endured went up with each new allegation. That is finally going to end, having been trumped by Weiner.
In the interview, Sterger gave as deep an exploration of her ascent to the level of D-list celebrity as has previously been seen by most Vikings fans. It's a must read. Here it is:
For those simply wanting highlights, it's an embarrassment of riches. (Spoiler Alert!) She was discovered by Brent Musberger. A cameraman (pretty safely assuming it was a male) at a Florida State game put his lens on Sterger, prompting Musberger to say "1,500 red-blooded men just decided to apply to Florida State."
In the era of viral sensations, which has made "celebrities" out of the Double Rainbow Guy and the dude who sang "Chocolate Rain" through social media, Sterger became "a somebody." She latched onto the first calls that came in. Within 45 days, she posed for Maxim and Playboy – given her writing experience, it's shocking neither magazine let her use her Sports Illustrated cache to write an article to accompany the photo spread. Both passed.
Sterger's story is one that has repeated itself tens of thousands of times over the years. A good-looking young woman wants to get into "entertainment." People predisposed to take such a blindfolded career leap go one of two places – L.A. or New York. Sterger went the Big Apple route, and it didn't go well.
By her own admission, she "never had any luck with auditions or castings. Agencies would tell me, ‘You don't have the right look.'" Really? Her story isn't unusual for those trying to find a niche when your calling card is looks and not talent. Somehow, she was writing a weekly column for Sports Illustrated, where she said the company sent her out for numerous public appearances. SI was clearly impressed with Sterger's journalistic chops to give her a weekly column … and send her out on the road. Somehow, I don't remember seeing Dr. Z hosting Hawaiian Tropic parties. She got a job with the Jets that was created for her – the ambiguous "pre-game hostess" – allowing her to cash in on her ability to attract attention. Along the way, she got the attention of Favre. But, after reading the interview, one has to wonder if Sterger's interaction with Favre was part of her process of trying to "become a somebody" in the entertainment world. For all the wrong reasons, it worked and her credibility isn't getting helped the more she talks about her rise to quasi-fame.
"I think the thing that I had the most difficulty with in the fall was that I am a really goofy, ridiculous, inappropriate person," she said in the interview. "Having to be quiet and having to not have a voice killed me."
With Favre finally able to finally take a breath knowing that Weiner has stolen all the thunder, the tabloid fodder about him will die down (except for Jay Leno, who still does Monica Lewinsky jokes). There's little denying what he did was wrong, but, now that he's been replaced, he can get on with his life and Sterger can get on with her "career."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.