It's not just SchottMarge Schott's phrasings are reckless...


December 13, 1992

It's not just Schott

Marge Schott's phrasings are reckless. However, she is the object of many whispered female epithets herself. Also, players and other owners are hardly wrapped in endearing terms in most bar talk for their greed, selfishness and price gouging. And what about the many players (and some writers) who routinely use obscenities in their public utterances with indifference? Marge is being pulled over by the media cops for reckless driving just because she owns a big red car.

Quentin D. Davis


Don't knock the names

Recently, there have been protests from Native Americans about sports teams calling themselves such things as Indians, Redskins, Braves, Chiefs, Seminoles.

What's next? The American Birdwatchers Society protesting the Orioles, Blue Jays and Cardinals? How about the sweater manufacturers protesting the Red Sox and the White Sox, or the SPCA protesting the Colts, Broncos, Bengals, Chargers, Lions?

The seafood people might disagree with the Dolphins because they are not edible, or they might offend Flipper. What with Supreme Court rulings these days, traitors might have a right to take the Patriots to court and win by some twist of the Constitution. Of course, the Brewers have no fear of protest from the beer industry.

Is the answer to do away with team nicknames? Imagine the Bostons playing the New Yorks, the Atlantas playing the Houstons, or the Philadelphias playing the Chicagos. Without nicknames, who beat who? Was it football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, etc?

Let's face it. Sports teams need an identity other than the name of the city, college or state they represent.

Tom Conroy


A zap for Buren

This is in reference to John Kirkpatrick of Lutherville's letter of Dec. 6: You want disgust? I'll give you disgust. Every time John Buren comes on, I zap him off. Three cheers for remote control.

Tony Haubner


Silence for Miller, Buren

I must agree wholeheartedly with what the letter writer from Owings Mills said about Jon Miller and John Buren in The Sun on Nov. 8.

Miller thinks he has to talk constantly and tell you every little move the pitcher and batter make. He can get so involved in telling a story that as many as four pitches can be thrown before he remembers he's supposed to be calling a baseball game and tells you what the count is on the batter. People aren't interested in all the data and facts he gives. They just want to hear or watch the game. If Miller is calling the game, we don't listen or watch. I think he is a frustrated comedian. We need Chuck Thompson full time.

John Buren is very arrogant and very much in love with himself. He'll talk very fast and then stop as though everyone is hanging on his every word. He can't stand to be criticized or proven wrong. When Buren comes on, we do what most people wait to do at commercial time. I don't know where WJZ got him, but they should send him back . . . along with Jon Miller.

Lucille Steinacker


A fight to remember

I couldn't agree more with John Eisenberg's column of Nov. 15 ("For once, boxing takes out garbage"). It has been a long time since we have seen a good fight. The Holyfield-Bowe fight was something we have all been waiting for.

The sport of boxing has lost its focus over the past couple of years. Money has made the sport change drastically. Over the years, we have seen big companies join into the boxing ring to make a quick buck. Companies like Budweiser, Reebok and many others have caused the sport to grow, but its growth didn't make the sport any better. In my opinion, the only match worth watching in years has been the Tyson-Douglas match.

I also feel that pay-per-view is another factor causing change in the sport. I can't understand the concept of paying to watch a fight when there hasn't been a fight worth watching. I also think that the boxers don't care if they win. Would you if you were making $4 million?

In my opinion, the best fights involve little or no money. For example, recently I attended a karate and kick-boxing tournament at Essex Community College. I was amazed by how many good matches took place. They were mostly men in their 20s who had a dream to win, not to make money. After all, first prize was a trophy, not $4 million. Most of all, I couldn't stop thinking, "These matches are 10 times better than the scrub matches that take place before a pro heavyweight match." I've got to say that the Holyfield-Bowe fight was worth the wait.

The fight was the first in years that had two young healthy and aggressive fighters in the ring. Both fighters had rounds that they were overpowering the other. They also showed strength and endurance instead of greed and fear.

I must say I was sorry to see Holyfield lose the title. I looked up to him because he was a quiet and humble champ who kept a clean name. He was a great fighter, but even Holyfield was a sellout to Burger King. I hope he reconsiders his future.

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