Yankees Brokeback Mountain: ESPN’s Doug Glanville Leaves Viewers Stumped

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 12:33 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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ESPN announcer Doug Glanville compared the New York Yankees to "Brokeback Mountain" during a spring training game Monday, in a mixed-up metaphor that left many viewers stumped.

In the ultimate foot-in-mouth moment, Glanville, who played nine years in the major leagues, attempted to add to co-announcer Jon "Boog" Sciambi's assessment that most of the players on the Yankees roster are injured.

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"They have basically 'Brokeback Mountain' going over here," Glanville said. "I mean everybody's on the disabled list or hurt in some form or fashion."

"Brokeback Mountain," of course, was the groundbreaking 2005 drama that chronicled the romantic relationship of two cowboys, played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Though the film won three Academy Awards and a handful of other accolades, it became known in the pop culture world as the "gay cowboy movie."

Sports bloggers immediately jumped on Glanville's bungle.

"Doug Glanville has either never seen 'Brokeback Mountain,' or he has no idea how analogies work," joked Deadspin's Tom Ley.

"He likely was trying to get punny, took a wrong turn down Analogy Lane and showed the world he's more familiar with the title of the film than its plot," wrote Mike Oz for Yahoo's Big League Stew.

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