There’s been talk about whether Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is engaging in a war on Baltimore by instituting policies that favor nearly every part of the state… except its most populous city. Now Hogan has gone ahead and made it clear that he truly doesn’t care what Baltimore thinks–by proudly flaunting Redskins gear at a Redskins game.
It is our position here at the Baltimore Fishbowl that any self-respecting governor of Maryland should obviously support Maryland sports teams. When Martin O’Malley was governor, he fought to get the state house dome lit purple for a playoff game; he’s called the team “the heart and soul of our state” — which is perhaps a little hyperbolic, but we appreciate the sentiment.
The Redskins, however, are a team based in Washington, D.C., a city that is not in Maryland–even if their stadium is, technically, in our state. Now, Hogan did attend the weekend game for a good cause–he and the Cool Kids Campaign, a childhood cancer organization, brought along four kids who are also struggling with cancer. (September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.) But he could’ve just as easily brought them to a Ravens game, no?
Hogan has also been an outspoken advocate of keeping the team’s controversial name. He could have avoided all the controversy by just being a Ravens fan–no one gets mad about a team being named after a poem, after all!
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