Reporting Kevin Battle
Mike Wise of the Washington Post and Washington D.C’s 105.7 The Fan wrote an article recently about fan interruptions during the National Anthem. Wise called into the Norris and Davis show to discuss his column.
Wise said that Baltimore fans have the habit of yelling “O” during the National Anthem, but doesn’t feel it’s a major sign of disrespect.
“Everybody feels there is a different way to honor your country. Do I think it’s a major sign of disrespect? No. Is it a little annoying? Yes,” he said.
However, he says this song wasn’t created for Baltimore.
“I feel it is part of Baltimore’s history, but the flip-side of it is it’s not about Baltimore. Francis Scott Key, when he made the National Anthem, did not think out loud ‘I made this song for Baltimore,’” he said.
Wise said although he has gotten some negative responses to his column he has also been getting a lot of positive responses to his column, especially from United States veterans.
“I got a lot of e-mails, some of which were from people saying ‘Get a grip, find something else to write about,’ and some of which were veterans saying, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s about time somebody said something about this,’” he said.