OSWEGO, N.Y. – Linda Cohn, the Oswego alumnus and sportscaster celebrated her 5,000 episode on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Sunday. Cohn became the first SportsCenter anchor to reach such a mark. Cohn has been a trailblazer for women in sports, but there was still one goal she longed for. Getting a sub named after her at the famed Oswego Sub Shop.
The staple in downtown Oswego is one of the most exclusive clubs for Oswego alumni like Cohn. From Al Roker to Steve Levy, the Oswego Sub Shop is where SUNY Oswego graduates come to be enshrined, in a sandwich.
When skimming the menu, Cohn’s name was nowhere to be seen, but one fan and fellow alumnus is looking to change that.
“She was like, actually I haven’t reached that celebrity status yet because I don’t have a sub at the Oswego sub shop,” said Paul Esden.
Esden, a producer at ESPN radio in Syracuse, N.Y. spoke to Cohn and started the trending topic.
Paul said, “I made the hash tag, I made the meme, and I was like let’s just see what happens. Cohn’s hash tag #GetCohnASub, has Oswego alumni rallying around her and the sub shop making plans.
“We’d definitely get her input and design it accordingly,” said William Green, the once owner of the Oswego Sub Shop. He sold the family restaurant to his son just a few years back.
Green said, “I had no idea that she was that popular or did that many shows.”
He remembers when Al Roker and Steve Levy got their subs and hopes Cohn will be the same kind of ambassador, they’ve been.
“They never come in here asking for anything, they’re doing it just out of the gratitude and respect of the sub shop,” said Green.
Odds are Cohn shouldn’t have to wait long. Green added, “I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a sub named after her, within the week.”
Cohn’s much-deserved sub is waiting. The Sub Shop even has a spot reserved.