Each Sunday, I eagerly await the letters written to your sports department by fellow fans. Recently, however, I am beginning to wonder whether this section of the Sunday sports should not be renamed the "complaint department."
For weeks, I have read countless accounts of Redskins hatred by Baltimore football fans (although, I wholeheartedly agree), of displeasure over area media coverage and of disapproval of local sportscasters.
lTC This past Sunday's letters, though, have brought me to the boiling point. The correspondence that was particularly irksome involved opinions voiced by those concerning recent ticket acquisitions.
Do not those individuals who so readily and boisterously complain about their seat locations to the August football exhibition realize the true reason for their purchase? If their displeasure was such, perhaps those of us who are happy just to have any seat and are content to support Baltimore's hopeful return to the NFL in this fashion should be far, far better off without those "fans" who now so avidly support the expansion efforts of Charlotte, N.C., and St. Louis. Good riddance!
The other letters I found perplexing, as well as repugnant, focused on the discontent addressed by those Orioles fans who have purchased the team's 13-game plan. I fail to understand why these individuals feel as though they have a God-given right to Opening Day tickets simply because they have chosen to attend approximately 16 percent of those games played at the new ballpark. C'mon, get real!
If the sports fans of this area would begin to realize how fortunate they are to have major-league sports, rather than where and when these sports are viewed, perhaps Baltimore would regain its hold as a "major-league" city.
Sitting this one out
Are you sure Bob Irsay is not back in Baltimore running another scam? I was another of those ripped off by the Maryland Stadium Authority.
I sent a check on Dec. 6 for my three football tickets, which turned out to be in upper section 38, row 35.
I have never seen a professional football game, and I am not sure I will go to the August game. I wish I had given the $75 to the Salvation Army. I hope Baltimore never gets another team.
No more name game
Matt Eastwick is and will continue to be a very successful student and athlete. In high school, he was Gilman's top scorer and had a 1,400 [score out of 1,600] on his SAT. He now attends Princeton and plays basketball on its varsity team. Although this is all good and true, why is it that he makes the front page of the sports section over other Baltimore-born college stars?
Take, for instance, Jake Davalli, who attended Calvert Hall, scored a 1,300 on his SAT, had a 4.0 average, was Catholic League Player of the Year for two consecutive years and now attends Manhattan College on a basketball scholarship. Yet none of this was even mentioned in The Sun, much less the front page, when Manhattan came to town.
L It's the Princeton name that made Matt Eastwick an exception.John Bowman
Orioles fans will miss Palmer
Shame on Channel 2. I predict that dropping Jim Palmer from Orioles telecasts this year for economic reasons will turn out to be an unwise business decision. As one who prefers baseball on the radio, even when the Orioles are on TV, I suspect that many more fans will now turn down or tune out WMAR's bland coverage.
Jim Palmer's best attribute is his vitality. He has keen insights and delivers little-known information. He belongs there.
Choose Palmer over Miller
Channel 2 has again shown its true colors. The firing of Jim Palmer and the asinine act of retaining the bumbling and bungling clown Jon Miller is a good example of why this channel rates in last place every year as far as popularity is concerned.
Begs to differ
In response to John Eisenberg's column with the headline, "Travel puts Dunbar out of class by itself," let's not overlook the fact that several area schools have competed in out-of-town tournaments. In fact, one local team was competing in a tournament in Missouri at the same time the Charm City Classic was held. It makes you wonder, are they too sending out the wrong message about school? Or is it only the inner-city schools that relay such a message?
Every educator knows that education doesn't take place just in the classroom. During the time we spent together, coach Pete Pompey and I witnessed 20 so-called "culturally deprived" inner-city student athletes marvel at how the citizens of Johnstown, Pa., could chronicle their history from the higher water marks on the side of City Hall left their during the flood years.