During the first semester of my senior year, I took a class called "Drama in the Media" and we had an entire section dedicated to the erotic male gaze in sports broadcasting. Specifically we discussed the male camaraderie surrounding the practice of the erotic male gaze. There's a cultural acceptability surrounding the practice of analyzing, discussing, obsessing over, and admiring male strength. Even back in the days of the gladiators there was a certain respect for respecting a man's physique, even if it was in an objectifying sexualizing manner. I've heard it a million times when my guy friends are watching some sporting event: "I mean, no homo, but that guy is built." Oates discusses the media's completely irrelevant comments about things entirely unrelated to a player's athletic ability, but I would argue that these comments, like the ones my friends make, are somewhat related to athletic ability because physical fitness is part of these athlete's job description.