By Alan Pergament
Every time I write a blog about Mary Beth Wrobel, the hits keep on coming.
I used to be surprised by that because as a part-time meteorologist at Channel 2 (and Channel 4 before that) it isn’t as if she got a lot of air time over the last 13 years locally.
So before her final forecast last Saturday before she heads to Seattle, Wash. to sell medical devices for a company called Cascade Dafo, I called Wrobel to see why she is leaving and if Western New Yorkers will ever see her again.
They will see her – just not on TV. She will live in Seattle, but she'll escape the rain often.
“I'll be on a plane a lot because my territory includes Buffalo and New York State," she explained in a telephone interview late Friday night. "Seventy percent of my job is traveling."
The Buffalo native, who has worked in St. Louis, Greensboro, N.C., and Rochester, said she's gotten a lot of advice since her departure was announced here and elsewhere.
"People are telling me, 'don’t go' or 'we are going to miss you,'" said Wrobel.
Why is the 40something Wrobel leaving now?
"I was yearning for a new challenge," Wrobel explained.
"I'm part time here (Channel 2)," added Wrobel. "I just feel you only have one life to live and you should use all your potential."
She also says her new job in sales has similarities to her past roles as a fund-raiser for charities and non-profit groups. She was chairman of the spring bouquet sale for Hospice for eight years and was the annual-giving director for the YMCA. Now, she will be selling prosthetic and orthopedic devices for children with musculoskeletal disorders.
"Fundraising is like sales but there’s nothing tangible to give to the customers," she said. "I loved that kind of mission. I really love the mission of this company. This helps kids in need to have healthy lives one step at a time."
Sounds like a mission worthy of giving Wrobel one last bouquet here.
Boomer Esiason's addition to the CBS announcing team of Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots during Cincinnati's 27-24 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills illustrated why NBC's Sunday Night Football and ESPN's Monday Night Football use two-man booths.
When you have two analysts, no one ever shuts up and there is a massive amount of obvious commentary.
The funniest comment during the game came when Esiason said after a Bengal dropped pass that would have been close to a first down if caught that "those are the plays that extend drives." Really?
Esiason, who once upon a time was a Monday Night Football analyst, also said he was trying to be objective during the game despite being a former Bengal. He didn't do a very good job of hiding his bias.
He repeatedly hammered Bills Coach Doug Marrone for deciding to go for a touchdown on a fourth down at the one-yard line in the first half. It was a debatable call, but the Bills failure still left the Bengals on their own two-yard line.
It looked like a bad call when the Bengals drove 98 yards for a touchdown, but on the other hand Marrone was showing his confidence in the Bills offense and couldn't have known his defense would let him down.
Playing it safe doesn't always work. Cincinnati Coach Marvin Lewis chose to kick the ball to the Bills late in the game rather that go for it on fourth and one yard to go near midfield with a 24-17 lead with a few minutes left in the game even though the Bills hadn't stopped many similar plays and a first down pretty much would have ended the game. It looked like a bad call when the Bills tied the game, 24-all, on a touchdown pass from Thad Lewis to Marquise Goodwin.
I didn't hear Esiason repeatedly question that conservative call that could have cost the Bengals the game.
Ex-Bengals Esiason and Wilcots also should have done more research on the Bills. They seemed surprised the Bills and Lewis were in the no-huddle so often. Apparently no one told the analysts the Bills have been in the no huddle almost all season.
Note to whoever wrote the crawl running during Channel 2's "Daybreak" this morning that noted "the Bills fall to Bengals, 24-27." That's the backwards way of doing things. The Bills lost, 27-24. In fairness, the crawl was fixed before the program finished. And at least you made me laugh before then.
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