Picture perfectThat stunning photograph in the sports...

LETTERS

February 23, 1992

Picture perfect

That stunning photograph in the sports section of The Sun on Feb. 12 of the two Russian skaters competing in Albertville, France, is a work of art!

The expression on the young man's face of sheer determination and fatigue and the beautiful, athletic, contoured body of his partner set against the striking white background of an Olympic ice arena, produced one of the most beautiful Olympic photographs ever published! This inspiring photograph deserves the gold.

John Dudek

Glen Rock, Pa.

Story in poor taste

I could not believe my eyes when I opened The Evening Sun on Feb. 12. There it was: "U.S. Skate Program Can't Cover Up Blue Collars With Sequins," an article by Bill Conlin of The Philadelphia Daily News. The headline itself was insulting. The .. article was even worse.

I have always respected The Evening Sun. To print such an article turned a quality newspaper into tabloid trash. Instead of reporting the results of the pairs figure skating competition, Conlin devoted the article to Rocky and Calla bashing.

As a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association, I cannot ignore such an injustice to two quality skaters. I have seen Calla and Rocky skate many times. They truly have talent and ability, and their record of previous golds, silvers and first-place finishes speaks for itself.

Rocky and Calla were not hampered by lack of talent, but rather nerves, sickness and an inability to escape the constant hype of the press. They take risks, tackling programs that require incredible speed and technical ability, rather than presenting easy, lackluster programs. Such risks can either result in triumph or catastrophe. Nationals was a triumph. Unfortunately, the Olympics resulted in catastrophe.

Conlin's article insults the couple's "blue collar" background by going so far as to personally tell Calla she should skate a "Frankie and Johnnie" number with her partner. I imagine she bit her lip when she just said, "I won't skate out there with a tray." I don't think my response would have been quite so gracious.

Sharon T. Hatcherson

Ellicott City

Miami was true No. 1

Miami clearly earned the top college football ranking and everybody overlooked it. It's simple, let's look at the final coaches' and AP polls. Of the top five teams in the country,

Miami beat two of them -- No. 3 Penn State and No. 4 Florida State. Washington beat No. 6 Michigan and No. 7/8 California.

Miami could beat California. Could Washington beat both Florida State and Penn State? Maybe, but I thought you won the mythical national championship on what teams you beat, not what teams could be beat.

Tony Marshall

Baltimore

Cheer for Rick Dempsey

Here is one wish that Rick Dempsey makes the Orioles team this year. If he does, maybe he will be able to teach Chris Hoiles proper catching techniques, like giving the pitcher a proper target. After Hoiles briefly flashes the glove as a target, he holds it down, facing the ground. Also, I do not believe he should set up outside when he wants a pitch on the outside of the plate. Talk about telegraphing a pitch!

Since the Orioles have two former catchers, John Oates and Elrod Hendricks, as manager and coach, one would have thought that one of them would have corrected Hoiles.

Frank Gleason

Bowie Jim Palmer shouldn't have been dropped from his job. His speech is excellent, and much better than that of other commentators.

Bring Jim Palmer back for the sake of having a good talker and expert performer.

Joseph Thaddeus Kasprzak

Baltimore

Support Orioles; sue Jacobs

Players sue owners. Umpires sue owners. Umpires sue managers. Managers sue umpires.

I say it's time the fans and cities start getting in the act. And I can't think of a city or fans better than Baltimore.

The city and state agreed to build the Orioles a baseball-only HTC stadium if they agreed to sign a long-term lease and put a winning team on the field. They signed the lease, but where's the winning team? It's in Eli Jacobs' wallet.

Larry Lucchino knew Jacobs wasn't willing to spend the money necessary to put a winning team on the field when he brought him in as the principal owner. Which means he knowingly set out to break this agreement and defraud the public.

At the '89 parade, Lucchino promised, "1990 will be even better," yet did nothing to improve the team.

Last year they traded for Glenn Davis because they wanted to "add a proven power hitter." Yet they traded away Mickey Tettleton, a proven power hitter and one of only two left-handed hitters. Now they're talking about trading "another" proven power hitter, Randy Milligan. Isn't it just a little coincidental that both players were headed to arbitration and lucrative contracts?

If the Orioles fail to resign Cal Ripken, it would just be more proof that they are not committed to winning, thus affording plenty of grounds for a lawsuit for fraud and breach of promise.

Maxine Williams

Baltimore

Eagerness, anxiety for '92

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