A Menagerie of Football Team NamesIf you have any...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 17, 1993

A Menagerie of Football Team Names

If you have any influence with the football-powers-that-be, please do not let our hoped-for team be called Rhinos.

Since Maryland is famous for its thoroughbred horses, wouldn't the name Baltimore Stallions be appropriate? If we can't have the Colts, let us, please, have the Stallions . . .

If we can't have Stallions because it seems to have been chosen by another team, to continue in Maryland's horsey tradition, how about Mustangs? Or if we must have a jungle animal, how does the Baltimore Bengals sound? . . .

On a patriotic note, how about the Baltimore Keys in honor of Francis Scott Key? . . .

Clara R. Gerlach

Baltimore

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At our house we really like the Baltimore Huns.

Patricia L. Aiken

Annapolis

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. . . I kind of like the name Baltimore Baystars or Yardstars.

Michael E. Weaver

Dover, Del.

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The Baltimore Rhinos? Naming a hoped-for football franchise after an endangered species can be nothing short of prescient.

Dave Wolinski

Baltimore

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The Baltimore Rhinos will surely be a curious name if it is adopted. Perhaps small children who haven't yet mastered all of their sounds and punsters playing off one of the owners' name will call them the Baltimore Winos.

Cynthia Germershausen

Baltimore

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. . .The Baltimore Stars was certainly adequate for the U.S. Football League teams. We might have to pay for the rights to Clippers or Skipjacks, but they are certainly superior to Rhinos!

For goodness sake, the Baltimore Claws is better.

The league says the name should evoke fear. Much like the terror that comes to mind when we envision a dolphin, a cardinal or a saint. (Hide the women and children -- here comes a jet full of patriots!)

I can't be the only one who thinks the monkeys are running the zoo.

Tommy Shanks

Rodgers Forge

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. . .The Baltimore Pride.

This ties in with the city's clipper ship, reflects our city's renaissance and spirit and can be worked into a recognizable logo . . .

Fran Severn-Levy

Bel Air

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. . .I think Bays would be a sound choice . . . This would serve everyone's best interest to use our football team's name to not only promote football but to also promote tourism . . .

!Stephanie White Trivas

Stevenson

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. . The Baltimore Steamers.

The logo, of course, is a red-hot angry steamed crab, with an evil look on his face, claws ready to grab ya . . .

Charlotte Dunk

Pikesville

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. . . How about the Baltimore Bohemians? Then we'll have the and the Bo's. Natty, eh?

David F. Storm

Baltimore

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. . . .Baltimore Wildcats, Baltimore Sea Gulls, Baltimore Badgers . .Baltimore Stallions.

Roy A. Filbert

Catonsville

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How about a lively Baltimore football team called the Crabs?

B. Lamb

Baltimore

Party Games

Praise is due to President Clinton for using the influence of his office and his powers of persuasion to get the deficit reduction bill passed. It is not all it should be, but it is the best we could expect under the circumstances.

From the antics of Congress, we can draw three conclusions:

(1) The Democratic Party is no longer the party of the poor and under-privileged or of social progress.

(2) Too many Democratic congressmen and senators are more afraid of losing the votes of the upwardly mobile and the suburbs rather than determined to do what is best for the country.

(3) The Republican Party is not the party of loyal opposition; it is the party of obstruction. After the failure of 12 years of Regan-Bush trickle-down economics it has absolutely no viable programs to offer this country.

L Ross Perot must be smugly confident of his political future.

Alfred S. Sharlip

Columbia

Vincent Foster

The Aug. 11 article detailing the events that led to the suicide of White House deputy counsel Vincent W. Foster Jr. and the text of his torn-up bits and scraps in his brief case hopefully ends the witch hunt to which the federal police and the press have subjected this fine attorney's family.

Had Mr. Foster succumbed to heart disease, cancer, stroke, etc. the press would have devoted an article to his demise.

But no. Suicide and mental illness still evokes such stigma and desire for every detail that in the end a suicide negates every fine and worthwhile contribution a citizen might make.

Don't let this continue to happen. The relentless pain that leads to suicide is just as devasting as a rapidly growing cancer.

Mental illness most often is a chemical imbalance of the brain. So it is a disease along with a host of other potential killers.

Please let Mr. Foster be remembered for his contributions, and let his family and friends mourn in peace.

Joan Weiskittel Denny

Lutherville

News Choice

Doesn't Sen. Bob Dole's flouting of regulations about campaign financing -- resulting in the largest penalty ever imposed by the Federal Election Commission -- deserve more attention than a small paragraph in the column headed "The Nation?"

Mary O. Styrt

Baltimore

Empty Spaces

What is happening on North Charles Street, around Saratoga Street?

In less than a month, I have lost my favorite breakfast spot, Baltimore's best deal for take-out sushi, the only place nearby to buy a birthday card, affordable Indian food and even a cobbler.

Is there something happening that those of us who work in the city don't know about?

Nowadays, office workers can't even buy a piece of toast for breakfast.

Is anyone aware, concerned or saddened by our city's plight? Where are the planners, politicians, concerned citizens, appeals for help by the business community, etc? All I see are empty

spaces.

Jill Sullivan

Baltimore

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