ESPN Gets in on the "Low Blows"

We’re all very familiar by now with the “it’s not a low blow, just a fact,” catch phrase of WNST’s Drew Forrester. Drew borrowed it from Ian Eagle (I believe?) of CBS, who, while covering a Ravens game a few seasons back, made a pointed remark when the cameras were showing an overhead shot of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

That remark went something like this (paraphrasing): “There’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but they don’t play baseball there in October any more. That’s not a low blow…just a fact.”

Well, last night on ESPN, I saw Jeremy Schaap get in on the act.

The topic at hand was this week’s game between the Indianapolis Mannings/Irsays/Whatevers and the New York Jets, a “rematch,” if you will, of Super Bowl III. Schaap talked about how the rivalry between the two cities was much more fierce last time around, when it was Baltimore rather than Indianapolis lining up against the team from the “Big Apple.” As evidence, he mentioned the other Baltimore-New York sports rivalries from 1969. In addition to the football team being upset by New York in the Super Bowl:

The Baltimore Bullets would lose to the New York Knicks in the 1968-1969 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

The Baltimore Orioles would lose to the New York Mets in the 1969 World Series.

In contrasting 1969 with 2009-10, Schaap pointed out how Baltimore no longer claims the Colts nor the Bullets.

Those are obviously facts, not low blows.

Then, though, the “low blow” came into play.

Schaap said (and I’m again paraphrasing), “Baltimore no longer has the Colts or Bullets, and, some would say, no longer have a baseball team.”


Sure felt like a low blow to me. One of the “SportsCenter” anchors, after Schaap’s piece was finished, asked the listening audience if they had caught the “cheap shot” that he threw in against the Orioles.

Yes, we caught it (at least in Baltimore).

The sad part is, we can hardly argue with it.


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