Sports letters to the editor 9/15/02

Sunday, September 15, 2002

To the editor:

I would like to voice my concerns of discrimination to Chicago Bears fans across the Heartland showcased by Fox 23/WB 49 on Sunday during the first week of the NFL season.

The Bears, who made a habit of winning dramatic games last season, were driving into Minnesota Vikings territory with less than two minutes left in the game, when the Bears game was dropped in favor of covering the St. Louis Rams game against the Denver Broncos from its opening kickoff. Bears fans across the region were denied seeing the finale of the exciting 27-23 Bears victory, minus a 15-second clip shown during the Rams game after the Bears game had ended.

I was watching a recording of the game I had set on my Tivo because I was working all afternoon. I avoided all possible contact with any person, radio or television station or Internet site which might have had information about the game so I could watch it and enjoy the game as if I had been watching the game live.

This was the last straw for a Bears fan who has suffered too much St. Louis Rams bias in the last few years to stomach. I do realize that the Rams are the closest team in the area and Fox must show their games over other teams that play at the same time. But when the Bears and Rams play at separate times on a given Sunday, the early game should be shown in its entirety and then after the conclusion of the early game, coverage should switch to the other game. It's not that difficult a concept to grasp.

By the way; if the Rams are so good, how come they lost to the Patriots last year in the Super Bowl when favored by double digits, needed a lucky tackle from a linebacker (Mike Jones) they would cut over a year later to get their one Super Bowl win over the Tennessee Titans and lost to the Bears in the preseason on their way to a winless preseason?JASON BILLINGSLEY

Buncombe, Ill.

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