Sports team names were chosen out of admiration and not out of demeaning intentions. However, instead of being proud, some groups interpret the names as being degrading. I can understand their concern if naming conventions were used for negative purposes, but this doesn't seem to be the case.
Anyhow, for example, consider the origination of Native American names such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Crow, Blackfoot, etc.
William B. Hahn
I, too, am one of the unfortunate football fans stuck in the end zone for the Saints-Dolphins preseason game.
No, I wasn't the last person in line to get tickets. In fact, I was one of the thousands who were first. One of the thousands who, I feel, were unjustly taken advantage of.
When first reading the small blocked section for ticket requests in last November's newspaper, I sent in my post card requesting tickets for the game. At that time there was no certainty that there would even be a game unless the response was good. As it turned out, the response was great. So great that it was stated in The Sun (Jan. 25) "that the organizers did not want to sell any tickets by mail, but felt compelled to do so when they were deluged with ticket requests."
Yes, our ticket requests, all 26,000 of them. We sent in our money by Dec. 31, and what did some of us get? End-zone seats. No one stated that if we ordered early we would have a chance of not getting good seats, or I would have waited until they went on sale to the public. It was wrong to hold back good seats from us so the people standing in line didn't get second draw. They had just as much of a chance as we did to order their tickets early. We showed our enthusiasm -- we almost sold out one-half of the stadium and we didn't buy our tickets early to be lazy so we didn't have to stand in line later. We did it to show our community effort to bring an NFL team back to Baltimore.
It's not the point of just buying a ticket to sell out a game. It's the point of loyalty, support and the excitement of possibly having a home team again. But if we were to get a home team, how many of us end-zone people would feel compelled to buy tickets for the game? After this insult as a Baltimore sports fan, I wouldn't.
A real football town
The Super Bowl is over, and still being a true blue (Baltimore) Colts fan, I guess you should know I was pulling for the Bills. The reason for this letter, is to express my true feelings on all those wonderful fans who waited out in the cold in order to see an NFL game at the old stadium come this August.
I was not one who waited, but I tried to call on the phone with no luck (I dialed for two hours nonstop).
Since the Colts left town, I've attended in the last seven years, 21 Philadelphia Eagles games. I just hope that the support the Baltimore fans showed on Jan. 25 will not go unanswered. Baltimore deserves a team hands down. I have three great reasons:
* All those sellouts (the season then had only seven home dates).
* The NFL voted to allow the St. Louis Cardinals to move; Baltimore's team was whisked away in the dead of the night in a snowstorm.
* Give us a team, people will come to a state-of-the-art new stadium in Camden Yards and we will show the NFL who the No. 1 fans in the country really are.
Frank J. Monaldi Sr.
New trainer needed
I was watching the running of the Donn Handicap on Feb. 1, and I wonder if anyone else has come to the same conclusion as I have: Strike the Gold is in desperate need of a new trainer.
As you may recall, this horse made the mad -- in the 1991 Kentucky Derby by going way outside to pass the pack and win his only race of the year. Nick Zito has time and time again used the strategy of nearly pulling his horse up early in the race and then trying to repeat the miraculous finish he experienced that spring day in Kentucky.
Zito removed Chris Antley from his mount because Antley stayed too close to the pack during the Preakness. Even with different jockeys riding this horse, the outcome has remained the same. If Strike the Gold is to win any of the upcoming Racing Series events, he must stay close to the pack, not 15 lengths back but maybe five or so.
Vincent and the minority thing
Fay Vincent has been saying since he took Bart Giamatti's place as baseball commissioner that he wanted to see more minority hirings in baseball.
But when the Japanese say that they are interested in buying the Seattle Mariners and putting money into a depressed team, Vincent, who has been pushing for minority participation, says that baseball has no place for foreign ownership.
The Japanese have a lot to offer to America's baseball tradition with money and expertise. Baseball has become very popular in Japan. We are no longer living in the past; with today's communications and travel we are living in a global world and baseball must live in it, too.
Hal E. Cole