Y not U's?As a longtime Baltimore resident, it is with...

LETTERS

January 03, 1993

Y not U's?

As a longtime Baltimore resident, it is with great interest that I have read the many entries in the "Name the New NFL Team" derby. I'd like to take this opportunity to submit my own humble suggestion.

I feel the team should be named after someone whose name is synonymous with football in Baltimore -- Johnny Unitas. The Baltimore "U's" is a short name and would simplify the rousing team cheer from the stands: "Gimme a U!

Bruce Eichelberger

Fayetteville, Ark.

Soccer town?

The quotation from 80-year-old Eugene Ringsdorf in "Baltimore Glimpses" ( The Evening Sun, Dec. 15), that ". . .Baltimore always was, and still is, a soccer town," is not entirely accurate.

Speaking of 50 to 70 years ago, he may be correct as to East Baltimore's Italians, Germans, Poles and Ukrainians. But such was not likely true of the center city blacks, northwest city Jews, nor in Roland Park, Guilford, Pigtown, etc., where soccer was not played, and may not have been even heard of. Even now, soccer is an East Baltimore sport, more so than the rest of the town.

Harry E. Bennett Jr.

Baltimore

Cut the fat

I agree with John Eisenberg, football players are getting bigger, but joints don't grow.

And yes, joints are not designed to withstand collisions with 300-plus pounders.

The skeletal system is not intended to carry the weight of persons weighing over 300 pounds.

With most college and professional linemen now striving to be over 300 pounds, we have to save these athletes from themselves.

An effective way to change this direction is to limit the size of football players to 300 pounds or less.

Rules could say that next year no player would weigh over 340 pounds, with a 10-pound drop each succeeding year, until the 300-pound ceiling is reached after the fourth year.

To police the rule, referees would weigh the players before each game, and anyone found to exceed the designated cap would have to sit the game out. This is not the only way to decrease the number of injuries in the game, but it is one that I have not seen addressed.

Bill Kerr

Columbia

So long, Joe

In the wake of the 1992 excitement of the opening of Camden Yards and being bored to death last season hearing about Cal's signing of megabucks, we tend to overlook those players who always give 110 percent. I'm speaking in particular about Joe Orsulak. His dedication to the game and his summer sizzle will certainly be missed at Oriole Park. Good luck Joe and keep on smokin'.

Leslie Martin

Abingdon

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