Why not Baltimore Orioles?
Baltimore is a great sports town with a lot of pride and commitment to excellence. For many years, football in this town was a big part of society. The Baltimore Colts were great for a long time. Why are so many people mad that the Colts name was taken? It's because when Robert Irsay took the Colts out of Baltimore, he took precious memories from millions of fans and took a piece of their hearts.
Why should we scamper about trying to fabricate some off-the-wall name for our next football team? Baltimore has built a lot of pride into the name Orioles. Their commitment to excellence is topped by none other in baseball. The Orioles name is loved by all those whose hearts were with the Colts. Forget about being bitter. Let's put our pride in naming %o Baltimore's next football team the Baltimore Orioles.
Don't forget Chuck
While Baltimoreans are sending names for a pro football team, they seem to be neglecting a more immediate great civic sports event, Chuck Thompson's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. The Baltimore media should whoop up this event.
By the way, the only appropriate name for a Baltimore pro football team would be Baltimore Stallions (nickname Studs, so the deserving fight song and marching band could be kept) with a team logo of a horse leaping over and through a horseshoe.
Open the bleachers
I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to go to a lot of Baysox games this year and not having to worry about my wallet at the end ofthe game. Don't get me wrong, I went to a bunch of games last year at Camden Yards, but it did take its toll financially.
Major-league baseball is quickly becoming a game for upper-class fans! I'll cheer for "them O's" on Channel 2 or HTS, but I'll cheer for "them Baysox" in person.
I read in Kent Baker's article about some of the seating arrangements that will be in effect at Memorial Stadium. I'm writing this to demand that the bleacher section indeed be open on sunny, afternoon games. Many a Sunday back in the late '80s when the O's weren't that good were my brother and I out in the right-field bleachers, soaking up the sun, a few beers and having a ball with everyone else out there. Especially with Howard the Bud Man!
So, when it's sunny, above 70 degrees and the Baysox are in town, come join me out in right field, that's how to watch a baseball game!
Cringing at Cal
This year, like last year, I cringe when I watch Cal Ripken swing at the inside pitch and pull it down third base or pop up to the shortstop. It's almost predictable!
In my vocation, I had to deal with the subtle changes in my reflexes and my eyes. Changes occurred in both.
Although subtle, I believe Cal's eyes and reflexes are out of sync.
Does Cal take criticism well, and does he accept recommendations? Certainly, an Orioles coach must detect a flaw in Cal's stance and/or his swing. Can the coaches talk to Cal?
One last thought: How long will a new owner and new managers worry about "the streak" and accept below-average performance from the $36 million man?
Hey, how about another name?
Although I understand the matter is settled, there continue to be some suggestions concerning names for Baltimore's possible new football franchise. I'd like to throw in my two cents' worth. How about the Maryland Line? What better name for a team representing the Old Line State?
For those that don't know much history, the Old Line is the name given to Maryland's troops who fought in the American Revolution. Known in the Continental Army for being particularly brave -- even crazy -- the Line served with General Washington in the Revolution and even fought up and down the East Coast in the Civil War. Maryland can be as proud of the Line as it is of its bay and its crabs.
In addition to reflecting our region's history and culture, the name represents not just the city of Baltimore, but also the entire state. Even its colors, red and buff, came right off the state flag. In a small state such as ours, regional representation seems appropriate and smart. It's certainly not just Baltimoreans who are responsible for the Orioles' record sellouts at Camden Yards. And, after all, it's not just Baltimore's tax money that will pay for a new stadium.
Nick G. Marulli
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