Nice story on Chick Hernandez (Cheap Seats, “Anchors Away,” 6/14). I couldn’t agree with you more about Hernandez. He’s the best sportscaster in D.C.—on cable or elsewhere. But your section recounting my experience in D.C. reaffirms why your publication is chiefly circulated in delicatessens.
I did barf in the F-18 jet, but do you recall any of the following?:
* My groundbreaking profile of former Redskin David Kopay and his quest as a gay man to secure same-sex domestic-partner pension benefits from the NFL Players Association;
* My undercover investigation of rampant sports autograph fraud that led to an FBI investigation of two establishments in Northern Virginia;
* My “Behind Bars” interview of former DeMatha basketball star Hawkeye Whitney, now serving time for armed robbery;
* My report on the series of injuries suffered by local Little Leaguers using aluminum baseball bats.
Was the Blue Angels story truly, as you say, the “most noteworthy” story I did while in D.C.? I take great pride in saying that it wasn’t. I won’t bother citing the three Emmy wins in the three years I spent in D.C. The academy seems to hand out those trophies like lottery tickets, but suffice to say, your opinion of my work in D.C. is not universally shared. If, as you seem to believe, I “failed” in D.C., it seems as though I failed up.
Sports director, WCBS-TV