Channel 2 goes long for locals, airing Morgan-Towson football


Outside Baltimore, most of the sporting world will hardly take notice of tomorrow night's Morgan State-Towson football game, beyond a line in the agate of their Sunday sports section. And, unless something really weird happens, the contest won't get a mention on any of the national highlights shows.

But, for the Tigers and the Golden Bears, their alumni and fans, the game does have extra significance, and that's why it's good that Channel 2 will air the contest.

"When you're doing the game, you can tell that it has an extra meaning for these kids," said Scott Garceau, Channel 2's sports director. "A good number of kids on both sides are local, and their family and friends are going to be watching. And hopefully the local sports fan who wants to see some good local football will tune in, too."

Tomorrow night's game is just the latest in a series of local sports telecasts that Channel 2 has scheduled over the past three years, going back to their carriage of the Towson-Michigan college basketball game a couple of years ago, where the Tigers nearly knocked off the Wolverines.

The station will again pick up the "Battle of Baltimore" hoops tournament next month, and will do another season of lacrosse next spring, including a couple of games from the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

Garceau announced that the station will carry ESPN's feed of the Ravens-Kansas City game on Oct. 21, and produce its own pre-game show.

As for tomorrow, Garceau is expecting something of an offensive shootout, what with Towson quarterback Joe Lee, a senior and the only Division I-AA passer to throw for more than 1,600 yards so far, and Tigers senior tailback Jason Corle, who ran for more than 1,000 yards last year.

Channel 2 weekend sportscaster Keith Mills will join Garceau in the booth with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Around the dial

ESPN presents a well-intentioned, but slightly disappointing doubleheader of its "Sports Century" profiles of the top athletes of the past 100 years tonight, with segments on Magic Johnson (10 p.m.) and Ted Williams (10: 30 p.m.).

The failure of these shows, particularly the Johnson program, is one that is common to most of the profiles of the 50 top athletes, namely that in establishing the stars as people, they don't go far enough in establishing the athletic context by which they are ranked.

The baseball playoffs rage on this weekend, with NBC (Channel 11) taking the prime-time slots tonight (8 p.m.) and tomorrow (7: 30 p.m.), carrying the New York teams in each of them, with the Mets tonight and the Yankees tomorrow. Fox (Channel 45) will have Game 3 of the Boston-Cleveland series at 4 p.m. tomorrow, with games scheduled at 7: 30 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Monday if are necessary.

ESPN, meanwhile, will take Game 3 of the Atlanta-Houston series at 4 p.m. today, then air Game 4 of the same series at 1 p.m. tomorrow. At the same time tomorrow, Game 4 of the Arizona-Mets series will air on ESPN2.

ESPN's Ron Jaworski will do a playbook segment on Ravens running back Errict Rhett for "NFL Countdown" at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Pub Date: 10/08/99

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