The only losers Saturday night at Homewood Field Saturday night were the people who weren’t in attendance.
Well, and I guess the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. Yeah, they were losers too. But that doesn’t really help in terms of where I’m going with this.
During my “Free Advice” segment last Thursday, I addressed a group of people who do what I do for a living. Radio hosts, writers, TV hosts, bloggers, anyone whose job is to “cover Baltimore sports.” I specifically pointed out one who came in from out of town recently and told me they were here to “dominate the market.” I don’t really care who “dominates the market” particularly, I’m actually a fan of a number of other people in this field, including the likes of Comcast SportsNet’s Rob Carlin and WBAL’s Keith Mills and Pete Gilbert.
There are actually many many more, but I don’t want to get myself in trouble by forgetting someone and hurting their feelings.
The point is that anyone who does this for a living that wants to be known as an “expert” or “The King of Baltimore Sports Talk” (a title we here at WNST.net once bestowed upon our own Luke Jones), I wish them nothing but the best. It’s just that as a Baltimorean, as someone who Charm City means everything to, I’m offended by how many people do this for a living without really getting a feel for the entire market.
You see, the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles are the most significant sports properties in this town, but they’re clearly not the only ones. It’s crucial that other sports properties are not only recognized, but celebrated as unique to our region.
It doesn’t mean we all need to know the score of every Loyola field hockey game. It doesn’t mean we have to keep tabs on what the high score was this week was at the duckpin bowling alley in Rogers Forge. But there are a few events that are particularly unique to Baltimore and deserve to be celebrated.
The Loyola Blakefield/Calvert Hall “Turkey Bowl” football game and the annual City/Poly game at M&T Bank Stadium are two of them. The Morgan State/Coppin State basketball games are on the list. They are events that are special to us in Baltimore. You don’t necessarily have to make it to every one, but you have to experience them to understand. You have to experience them because otherwise you don’t really have the ability to give them context in conversation. It’s not a conversation that you would have every day in this town, but it IS a conversation you should have at least once a year.
There’s something special about those events, sometimes they’re even magical. I’ve been to some forgettable Coppin State-Morgan State games, but I’ve also been to some that were magical. (Ask Drew Forrester about Reggie Holmes’ Senior Night back in 2010 at Hill Field House. I still get goosebumps just thinking about it.)
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