CBS announcer Pat Summerall offered an unusual bit of commentary during yesterday's telecast of the New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers NFC wild-card playoff game.
After a play in the third quarter involving 49ers tight end John Frank, CBS analyst John Madden explained that Frank was a medical student in the offseason who kept a diary of his game experiences, similar to diaries commonly kept by surgeons after operations.
Summerall then said, "I wonder if he's related to Anne Frank."
After a short pause, Madden said, "A diary's a diary."
Anne Frank was a 16-year-old Dutch girl who died in a Nazi concentration camp and whose diary became a literary monument to the victims of the German occupation of Europe during World War II.
CBS spokesman Doug Richardson said yesterday the network had not received any calls about Summerall's remark. Lee Zeidman, a sportscaster for WDVM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, said the station had not received any calls concerning the remark.
"He didn't malign anyone," Richardson said. "It was word association, which happens all the time. It was not in bad taste."
Summerall was not available to comment last night.