2. Coach Petersen shoots straight
Counter to the grain of polarization and mixed truth, Washington Football head coach Chris Petersen is a refreshing breath of honesty. And that is an enigma to national sports media. You see, when a production crew arrives, they are used to the host team bending over backwards to accomodate their schedule.
Coach Chris Petersen does no such thing. In fact, he maintains original commitments of his time, which has offended broadcasters in the past. Beyond that, Coach Petersen made it a point to comment about the late time of Washington game broadcasts. That in turn prompted ESPN to protest their treatment at the hands of Petersen.
But the matter boiled over when, during a live broadcast of a Washington game, ESPN punctuated its disdain of the Huskies by declaring opponents as “cupcakes”. The public attempt to shame Washington backfired miserably. But the point ESPN made was not so easily dismissed. A national sports network revealed the unspoken bias inherent within the television community.
Coach Petersen dared to reveal that bias, and in the process placed it on public display. Now, the best cure to heal this disparity is to prove the case that west coast teams can compete and defeat east coast opponents. The nation needs to witness that event quickly. Bias is difficult to uproot if it is given a chance to grow.