The community of New York Mets fans will be watching this Sunday, one of the most televised sporting events in the world, the Super Bowl. In this meeting in which the Kansas City Chief play against the Philadelphia Eagles, Mets fans have a clear definition of who they are going to support and why.
The two big reasons fans are rooting for the Chiefs this Sunday stem from their hatred for the city of Philadelphia and the team's connection to quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the son of former Mets player Pa Mahomes. However, Super Bowl LVII has an even bigger connection to the Mets than many realize.
Mets former on-field reporter and tv broadcaster Kevin Burkhardt will call his first Super Bowl this Sunday.
Many Mets fans remember Kevin Burkhardt vividly in his appearances as an on-field reporter or covering Gary Cohen as a play-by-play broadcaster. He started working in 2007 for SportsNet New York (SNY) until 2013 when he joined FOX Sports as an NFL play-by-play announcer. And now he is going to call the "big game" on Sunday night.
Burkhardt is an example of overcoming. Worked as a car salesman at a local dealership to host Major League Baseball coverage for FOX Sports and calls play-by-play for the network's MLB and NFL coverage while receiving recognition from his peers around the world.
Burkhardt was highly regarded by Mets fans not only for his excellent interviews and on-field appearances but also for filling in for Gary Cohen on the television broadcast. He did a great job during his tenure with the Mets, making him a fan favorite to this day.
Many fans will remember him doing the on-field interview with Johan Santana after the Mets' first no-hitter or even working with the ground crew between innings. Burkhardt has undoubtedly worked in the most authentic way to deserve this recognition.
On Sunday, Mets fans will celebrate every pass and score by the Chiefs from the excitement of hearing Kevin Burkhardt do what he does best, call games in a professional, original, and entertaining way, just as we heard him call a few years ago for the Mets.