With the Baltimore Ravens about to play another nationally televised game Monday, a reader of Z on TV suggests we do a poll asking the question: Are there any national sportscasters who are pro-Baltimore? And if so, who are they?
How about Jon Gruden (pictured here) of the ESPN team that will be doing Monday's game? I'm kidding, of course, but Gruden and the reaction of some fans here to him make the the larger point behind this poll.
Here's part of the reader's email with his reasons for the poll: "It never ceases to amaze me how everyone in Baltimore thinks the national sportscasters hate us... I think CC (Cris Collinsworth) and AM (Al Michaels) do a credible job, and I will never forgive Bob Costas for his 'apparent blown call' as Jeffrey Meier saved the Yankees and ruined the Orioles. There was nothing apparent about it BOB!"
The email came in response to some of the more, well, emotional comments to my review of the great job the NBC Sunday Night crew did on the Ravens-Steelers game. You can check out the "discussion" here. But it's true, Baltimore sports fans are kind of, what, defensive, paranoid, crazed when it comes to believing every national sportscaster hates us -- or at least looks down their national noses at us.
So, here is how the reader phrases the question: "What national TV personality past or present, (Jim McKay excluded) is pro Baltimore when covering an event? I think excluding Jim McKay would help keep this honest as most people would say him. Right now I am leaning towards either Chris Berman or Howard Cosell. Howard got a lot of bad press, but he really sold the city's rebirth during the '79 World Series, and I can still hear his call when Earl Weaver retired the first time. 'Good bye Earl'"
Thanks to the reader, and if he wants to ID himself in the comments, I hope he will feel welcome to do so. This is all his idea. But I think it is a good one that we can have some fun with.
And let me just offer the chance for a little more fun. If you can't think of anyone who likes Baltimore, let me offer you the chance to weigh in on: Which national sportscaster hates Baltimore the most?
Yes, that's the Z on TV, staying positive and keeping with the holiday spirit.