Friday, February 03, 2006

A Sad Day for Carroll County Sports

I write today bearing bad news for Carroll County Residents and Green Terror fans. Adelphia Cable 3 in Carroll County is set to go off of the air. The wrangling and maneuvering behind the scenes is more than I know about or care to get into. The bottom line is Carroll County’s athletes, both high school and college, are being left out in the cold.

In my five years here, Jeff Rich and his gang in the red shirts (one of which you see behind the camera at left) have covered football, men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball, and softball on the game of the week. They scooped up all of the other sports in their weekly show Sidelines, which introduced our athletes to the rest of the county.

In the nearly 20 years that Channel 3, under the Adelphia or Prestige Cable banner, has covered local sports, they carried on in a professional manner that far exceeded similar stations of their size. Their content and production value demonstrated the results of their hard work and can-do attitude.

While I won’t miss the barrage of emails and phone calls that flow in for about a week after a McDaniel game has aired as a Game of the Week, I believe that speaks volumes about the quality of work the folks at Adelphia carried out.

None of our homegrown athletes have known a time in their life when hearing Bryan McLean’s calls of their youth or rec. league, high school, or college game wasn’t a possibility.

We are fortunate in this County that WTTR carries on with what the Associated Press has deemed Maryland’s best local sports coverage over the radio, and now the Internet through, but the wrestler with the upset pin will no longer have a professional copy to one day show their little grapplers.

We are also fortunate that McLean will serve as the voice of McDaniel men’s and women’s lacrosse over the Internet, but to the high school kids around the county, and the kids on our campus, the chance to be seen is gone.

That is unfortunate.

So to my friends at Adelphia, I thank you for showing up hours before kickoff, or tipoff, or faceoff. I thank you for letting me use your generator to power our press box when a car accident knocked out power last year. I think you for giving our small school athletes a small taste of the big time experience.

I thank you for providing memories for our athletes, and often more importantly, their parents and grandparents who cannot always cover the ground to be here.