Is there a full moon constantly over Baltimore? Or is it that you old Baltimore Colts fans are so wrapped up in your bitterness that a national interest in today's sports is impossible?
You people constantly complain about the coverage of the Redskins, Bullets, Capitals, University of Maryland and Georgetown by the Baltimore newspapers and TV stations. What would you have the sports news professionals discuss? Would it thrill you for them to cover prominently the lower Division I college programs? Stick to the local minor-league sports? High schools? Little League? Or only to cover professional sports that have no local representation with generic Associated Press stories?
You've whined about being a major-league sports town, and then you do your best to discredit the efforts of the sports media to report the news. You act as if The Sun sports section and the sports on TV are not seen outside of the Baltimore Beltway. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The paper, the TV stations and HTS are seen not only all over the state of Maryland but in neighboring states as well.
The reporters of The Sun sports pages have well-deserved local, regional and national reputations. Print and TV reporters are going to cover the nearest major teams. In football, this means the Washington Redskins -- a team whose regional support is as widespread as that of the Orioles. In baseball, obviously, every TV and newspaper in and around the region covers the Orioles. But you'd better believe that quite a number of them also cover the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles. In professional basketball, it means the Washington Bullets. Often media coverage is better than attendance. In college basketball, the University of Maryland and Georgetown are the two nationally prominent programs. These schools have been frequent participants in polls and championship tournaments.
Before Lefty Driessel and John Thompson, no one paid attention either school. If the local universities are willing to pay the price, they, too, can join the elite and enjoy the media coverage.
Open your eyes more than just a little and you'll realize that the entire state of Maryland is not a suburb of either Washington or Baltimore. Fans generally support the nearest team. If none is nearby or if they are mediocre, then fans will support a powerhouse with a national following. But most follow the teams they grow up with. Just because I lost the Senators (twice) doesn't mean that I, and many others, can't root for the once-despised Orioles. Reality says that they are the only show in town. Heck, there's a whole generation of kids around Washington who have no idea who the Nats were.
I've enjoyed world championships from the Orioles, the Redskins and the Bullets. And I've enjoyed national championships from Georgetown, Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Salisbury State.
As for you bitter, old Colts fans: Wake up! They're gone. They are not coming back. If another team comes to the area, they are not going to be the Baltimore Colts. They only exist on celluloid and in your fondest memories.
Enjoy football. Follow the Redskins or the Eagles or pick some front-runner. But don't waste your time crying in your beer. Most sports franchises have moved from their city of "birth." The Redskins came from Boston and the Orioles came from St. Louis. It is an unfortunate fact of life. Give the media people a break. Shut up and let them do their jobs. Read the best sports page in the country and enjoy it.
Alan N. Wuertenberg
Take stock of autos
For some time, I've been wanting to write and let you know how frustrating it is being an avid NASCAR Winston Cup and local stock-car racing fan, only to find the worst coverage of any ++ sport found in your paper. Apparently, your paper doesn't realize the number of fans this sport has in this state who crave more coverage. This is a major-league sport that deserves much more coverage. Let's get on the ball and take it off the back page. Many others and I would love to read more.
My first reaction was that the person who told me had a little too much to drink. No way was Mickey Tettleton being traded. After all, he's the Orioles' only left-handed power, and the thought of having Bob Melvin catching every day seemed unrealistic.
I had to get home and find out what happened. So we skipped dessert and left. On the drive back, I wondered if that guy at the bar was right. Was Tettleton traded for Mike Greenwell? When we arrived home, I was almost afraid to turn on the television.
Well, you know the rest. My fears were justified. Jeff (5.96 ERA) Who?
In one week, the Orioles convinced their fans they were committed to winning with one trade and proved with a second
trade that winning isn't everything, money is!
What's in a name?
As longtime Orioles fans, two issues concern us regarding the new ballpark.
The first concern is naming the stadium. Recent reports indicate that Babe Ruth Stadium tops the list of entries. We would like to cast our votes against this particular name.
If Camden Yards or Oriole Stadium isn't satisfactory, perhaps Edgar Allan Poe Stadium or H.L. Mencken Stadium would be preferable, as they were famous Baltimoreans not associated with the hated Yankees.
Better yet, why not name it after some true Baltimore greats, such as Brooks Robinson Stadium or Jim Palmer Stadium? O's Stadium also is high on our list.
Our second concern, or perhaps urgent plea: Please, please, please tell us there won't be an organ in the ballpark.
Nothing ruins a memorable evening of baseball like some cretin pounding away on the keys of a Wurlitzer.
Orioles tradition demands a great sound system with the traditional pop hits that have made Orioles games so much fun over the years.
Keith and Cathy Stouch