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Washington baseball fans have been making jokes for weeks and months about whether a Nats playoff game would out-rate, say, a mid-week Robert Griffin III press conference on the D.C. Sports Media Importance Scale.
I think their concerns are overdone. I think print and web, at least, have done a mighty fine job of sticking with intense Nats coverage even as the football season dawned.
On the other hand, at least one Redskins practice last week was attended by eight Post employees. We’re talking about practice. Not a game. Practice.
Anyhow, one well-known observer — WRC anchor Jim Vance — is not satisfied with the current ratio. Last week, he devoted his Vance’s View segment to this Nats-Skins dynamic. Video is above, with excerpted transcript below.
BY JIM VANCE
“Did you notice the lead story in our sports segment a couple minutes ago? Did you see the front page of The Post today. Are you wondering like I am, what the hell is wrong with you people? RGIII and the Redskins have been dominating local sports coverage for weeks now, way out of proportion — in my view — to the place they deserve, to the place that they’ve earned in the current D.C. sports landscape.
“Did I just now commit heresy? Did I just even suggest there might be another professional sports franchise in this Skins-crazed town? Yeah I did. And I have a feeling I’m not alone.
[An aside, featuring love and respect for RGIII.]
“That being said, the kid has yet to play a down in the NFL for goodness sake. While back in the city — where a sports franchise that carries the city’s name ought to be, by the way — the Nationals are on fire. There is not one team in Major League Baseball with a better record. The Nationals — our team — they are 20 games over .500. You’ve heard, haven’t you, that the last time that happened was back in 1945? You want some front-page material? There it is.
“Listen, I am not even a baseball fan, and I am jacked up over this team. Here’s my problem with the Skins training camp overkill hype: that’s what it is. Hype. I was at all four of our Super Bowl appearances, and for 20 years since then, that team has set me up every August and cut my heart out in November.
“I was also in RFK for the last Senators game back in ’71. Truth is, I didn’t really care if they left. I didn’t know anything about it. But now 41 years later, I have never been more excited and filled with hope for a baseball team. The Skins promise; the Nats deliver. And until that changes, that’s my sports headline.”