3:00 PM EST, February 9, 2013
I really enjoyed David Zurawik's column about the Super Bowl game ("For biggest game of the year, CBS again drops the ball," Feb. 4). I'm not a football fan, but did want to support and cheer on the Ravens. I was appalled at the biased coverage of the game.
It seemed to me that the announcers were watching another game, one in which the 49ers were Gods and the Ravens weren't even playing. I asked the people around me — are sports commentators always like this? Aren't they supposed to appear to be neutral?
Then, just as the Ravens were on fire and seemed unstoppable, the lights go out for 35 minutes! What? How is it that no one knew what was going on or would explain it to the viewing audience? Why didn't they explain why John Harbaugh was upset (although anyone with any sense would know why he was upset)? They stole our momentum. It was clear when the lights came back on that the 49ers benefited from this and the Ravens did not.
Thankfully, the Ravens still hung on and won, but it really took away from the joy of the win to have the commentators and power outage all favoring the 49ers. It made me glad I do not watch football on a regular basis. It also made me think about all the nonsense with Janet Jackson and "nipplegate" several years ago. I think the power outage was a much bigger deal than seeing her nipple. Maybe they should go after CBS like they went after Ms. Jackson.
CBS failed. Just like their beloved 49ers.
Betsy Schindler, Baltimore
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