UPDATED: Pittsburgh TV station fails to pay up after losing bet on Ravens-Steelers

UPDATE: WTAE’s sports guy John Meyer tweeted back at BSR and said he held up his end of the bet. “I wore purple pin stripes on Monday,” Meyer tweeted.  As the picture below shows, you can’t see any purple at all. You can tweet to John Meyer and ask him to pay up @JOHN4MEYER and keep sending your emails!

Those crazy folks over at WBAL laid on the smack talk with WTAE in Pittsburgh and forced their morning show to wear purple after the Ravens beat the Steelers in week nine.  Of the three reporters, news anchor Wendy Bell wore a purple blouse, Kelly Frey a black blouse and John Meyer, the sports guy not the whiny singer, wore a suit with what he called “purple pinstripes.”  I didn’t see them.

Click to watch WTAE's reaction to losing the bet

“It’s been a little bit of a somber morning in here,” Frey said.  Too bad, you lost now pay up.  You can’t tell a bookie you’re feeling somber, he’ll bust your knee caps.

“We should have made them eat their terrible towels,” WBAL’s Stan Stovall said.  “So that guy was supposed to wearing purple,” sports anchor Pete Gilbert asked.  “He wasn’t playing along,” Stovall said.

I’ve taken the liberty of sending WTAE a friendly email asking them to truly pay up.  You can shoot them a message here.  If you’d like to copy and paste our generic message, here it is:

It has come to my attention that the WTAE morning show lost a bet on the Steelers losing to the Ravens on Sunday to WBAL in Baltimore and failed to pay up. While Wendy Bell wore a purple, John Meyer laughed at the bet and didn’t take it seriously. We Ravens fans kindly ask that your news team acknowledge the bet, I assure you that the good folks at WBAL would have.

Respectfully,
Ravens Fans

GO RAVENS!

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

15 Comments

  1. Edward S Watkins jr

    November 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    t has come to my attention that the WTAE morning show lost a bet on the Steelers losing to the Ravens on Sunday to WBAL in Baltimore and failed to pay up. While Wendy Bell wore a purple, John Meyer laughed at the bet and didn’t take it seriously. We Ravens fans kindly ask that your news team acknowledge the bet, I assure you that the good folks at WBAL would have.

    Respectfully,
    Ravens Fans

  2. Zach Wilt

    November 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Edward thanks. Be sure to send it to WTAE’s contact page here: http://www.wtae.com/station/index.html

  3. joe t pasko

    November 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Typical Pittsburgh Bet Welchers!! Joe P. in West OC.

  4. Zach Wilt

    November 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Keep sending your responses!

  5. RavensFan

    November 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Really? Is this what you spend your time doing– complaining over a stupid TV bet? It looks like both women had on purple (different shades of purple, but it’s purple). So the guy said he had purple pinstripe– maybe he did, maybe he didn’t.

    I think it’s time to turn the page. Celebrate the Ravens win… and beat the Steelers at every opportunity.

    • Zach Wilt

      November 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Yup. Sure is.

    • Expatriate

      November 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      @RavensFan

      Agreed- I like to think our fanbase is classier than our opponents, and part of that might be letting things like this go. So they didn’t go all out, the whole bet was a publicity stunt anyway. Ravens fans should be better than that, or we deserve all the crap they can throw at us when we lose.

      • MGW

        November 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        I’m taking it that perhaps you’ve made bets along the way that you did not pay up on. If you’re going to talk the talk, walk the walk. No one forced them to make this bet, so man up and do as you promised to do. Again, the personal integrity thing, do what you say you will do.

        • Expatriate

          November 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm

          No, I have never made a bet I didn’t pay up on. But if some irrelevant local news station backs out of a deal, who really cares? Ravens fans are better than berating some local schmuck because he didn’t wear enough purple. Let him be the small-minded coward.

  6. Bob Florida

    November 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    You open mouth and accept the challenge, and refuse to step up and pay your dues. Pittsburgh is a proud town with very loyal fans. What a shame your station lack integrity, we respect the Steelers, by not your station. Woossie……………

  7. MGW

    November 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I sent a note to the station and suggested that the welcher, Meyer, make a donation to a Baltimore homeless shelter or other charity for the holiday season, if he’s not man enough to own up to his bets.

  8. Jeff Whalen

    November 9, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Stop saying “welcher”, it is “rascist” to the people of Wales.

  9. Pittmama

    November 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    First: It’s Michelle Wright not Wendy Bell.
    Second: If John’s suite did not have purple pin stripes then yes he should be chastised for it.
    Third: It was a very exciting game…but then againso all are of Pittsburgh’s games. WE ARE FOOTBALL!!!!! See ya in the play offs sucka’s

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