Have you heard anything about Splash? If you only want to know the most important thing about it, it’s that it allowed this photo to exist. But if you want more detail: it’s a reality show in which people of varying degrees of fame compete to see who can become the best diver. Or as ABC puts it:
Splash marks the first time 10 celebrities will train and compete in regulation platform and springboard diving at dizzying heights in front of a weekly poolside audience.
Oddly specific “first ever!” boast there, ABC. Anyway, among the competitors are athletes past and present like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Ndamukong Suh, as well as someone else who became famous through sports, albeit indirectly: Katherine Webb. Remember her? Brent Musburger does. (ESPN, of course, later apologized for Musburger’s…enthusiasm upon seeing her, which created a firestorm of its own.) Webb’s already gone on record as not only not having a problem with what Musburger said, but actually thanking him for his contribution to her career, but last night, on Splash’s premiere, she took it a step further and actually dedicated her performance to the iconic sportscaster:
Out of old-man creeping, a lasting bond is born. Practically brings a tear to your eye. You might wonder, though: how was that Brent-inspired performance? Well, you can see for yourself below:
I’m no diving expert, so I’ll defer to the judges. The entry into the water wasn’t especially smooth, but she did just start doing this, and fared a hell of a lot better than I would have. And if you’d rather see the dive in gif form, here it is:
The folks at Busted Coverage were all over Webb’s diving debut, so you can check out more there if you’d like. Also noteworthy: this quite valid point highlighting the, shall we say, inconsistency of one Disney subsidiary apologizing for Musburger’s initial remark, then a different Disney subsidiary using that same remark to hype one of its products. We weren’t especially up in arms about ESPN’s initial apology, but if Splash tries to get any more mileage out of his comments, Musburger might be owed one back.